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Local volleyball team to head to junior nationals championships

The Pacific Premier Volleyball Academy 18-1 team is headed to a national championship.
The Pacific Premier Volleyball Academy 18-1 team is headed to a national championship.

Clovis Unified volleyball players and their Pacific Premier Volleyball Academy team will head to Indianapolis this summer to play in the American Division at the 2016 USA Volleyball Junior Nationals Championships. Only 64 bids in the 18s division are given out to teams from across the United States; it’s the first bid in program history.

The Junior National Championships host approximately 1,300 teams from across the United States and the tournament crowns 30 champions in age divisions ranging from 11 to 18. The event draws hundreds of college recruiters looking for players for their programs.

The Pac Pre team includes top players from the Central Valley's local high schools:

Mandy Campise, Clovis High School (libero), Julie Castleman, Minarets High School (rightside/outside Hitter), Mia Corippo, Minarets High School (outside hitter/ rightside), Madison Graville, Clovis North (middle blocker), Kenidi MacDonald, Clovis West (outside hitter), Macy Magri, Clovis North (setter), Grace Schofield, Dos Palos (setter), Dakota Stephany, Clovis North (rightside/outside hitter) and Mikaela Troxell, Clovis West (rightside/middle blocker).

Club director Matt Terra is going to be the head coach for the 18-1’s team as they go to compete in Indiana. Terra was the Fresno Pacific recruiting and defensive coordinator and coached at Fresno State, Reedley College and Central High.

Pac Pre is a competitive club volleyball program for girls in elementary through high school. The program believes that every girl who would like to learn and play volleyball should have that opportunity.

The club is reaching out to the community to ask for donations and sponsorships to send the team to the national championships June 27 through July 1.

How you can help

To donate, mail a check to Pacific Premier Volleyball Academy, 3278 Powers Ave., Clovis CA, 93619.