Iowa Region Commissioner Selected

Thank you to all who applied and interviewed for the Iowa Volleyball Region Commissioner’s position. It was a strong field of candidates. On Sunday, the Iowa Region Board of Directors selected Brett Myres to be next Iowa Volleyball Region Commissioner. Brett will assume the position on December 15, 2017 when present Commissioner Lynne Updegraff retires.

Brett has been part of the Iowa region for over 20 years as a coach, club director and official. Brett was president of the Iowa Region Board of Directors prior to joining the Iowa Region Staff. He joined the Iowa Region staff in 2013 and has worked as Tournament Director, Officials Chair, Information Technology Specialist, Impact Instructor and Health Insurance coordinator. Brett has a National Official ranking and this year worked on the National Rating team.

During the next 3 months Brett will be transitioning to the position of commissioner and working on organizing and filling his vacant staff position. The Board is looking for a seamless transition for our new commissioner.

Congratulation Brett Myres for being selected to become the next Iowa Region Commissioner.

Region Commissioner Announces Retirement

Dear volleyball friends, family and Iowa Region members.

After 24 years of working at one of the best jobs in the world I am retiring. I have enjoyed working with all the members past and present in the Iowa Region as well as USA Volleyball. In my time as commissioner, I have made wonderful friends, memories and great stories. I’m sure all my teammates on the Noisy Crickets and other teams can tell you about “my stories”.

Don’t worry you will still see me around a bit longer as I plan on retiring in December of this year. Plans are in the works to start the search for a new commissioner and the Board of Directors will work hard to find you the best new commissioner possible. And who wouldn’t want to be commissioner of the best region in USA Volleyball. I know the region staff will carry on all the great member services and programs. They are the best. The great times and programs I have run as commissioner would not have been without their support and comradey. I the laughter and stories we share. I will miss that.

So, what am I going to do in retirement? Well I plan to spend time with my husband Richard and my four grandchildren.  I will read books, make quilts, work in my flower garden and stay up to the wee hours of the morning (my favorite time) watching Netflix. Two of my grandkids, a girl and a boy are already starting to play volleyball. I hope I can be a good spectator or coach to them. Hopefully I’m not too old to remember all that good advice I’ve given on this subject and remember to use it. I also plan to continue playing volleyball and working on volleyball education programs.

My greatest joy in this job has been to witness the growth of the “game” of volleyball in Iowa. I have had the pleasure to see to see kids I’ve coached or adult players I’ve played against giving back and spread the joy of volleyball is priceless. To know that Iowans know winning is important, but having fun while playing is the real goal. I have been truly blessed by all those I’ve meet on my journey as commissioner.

Thanks my volleyball friends for making my life fuller.

Lynne Updegraff
Iowa Region Commissioner

IPVA 18 Black – NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!

Congratulations to IPVA for winning the National Division at USAV 18’s Junior National Championship this past weekend.

The team went undefeated in match play at 9-0 and only dropped 3 sets over the entire weekend. They defeated Asics Louisiana 18 from the Bayou Region in close sets, 30-28 and 25-22 to win the National Championship.

The team consisted of Alyssa Ballenger, Hannah Becker, Taylor Forth, Gillian Gergen, Baylie Katcher, Kylee Macke, Emily Plock and Olivia Winker.  Coaches for the team were DeAnn Woodin and Joe Adams.

Making the All-Tournament Team was MVP – Alyssa Ballenger, Hannah Becker and Emily Plock.

Iowa Women’s Team makes Podium in Florida

It looked great for the Women’s PVL team in Florida too winning all but one round for a second place finish!

Round one started off really well for Team Iowa Ice. They won their first two sets with scores  of 25-21 and 25-13. However, Team IE took the next set with a 21-25 finish. The last set had Iowa Ice back were they wanted to be with a 25-17 score and overall win for that match.

The Iowa Ice lost only one set in the second round too. The first two sets were Iowa wins with 26-24 and 25-22. The Florida wave wanted a home victory and winning set three with 17-25 as the score. The Iowa Ice did not let that stop them and ended up wining the last set with 25-20 and winning this match.

Rounds three though six were dominated by the Iowa Ice. In these rounds they played NorCal Wildfire, Lakeshore Surge, North Texas PVL, and Chesapeake Riding Tide. All were with close set scores but the Iowa Ice was persistent and won all three rounds.

The last round and the last playoff was against the Florida Wave which Iowa Ice played in round two and won. Florida wanted a different outcome this time and wanted the win. They started off with the first set score being 25-20 the Florida Wave. Then Florida dominated the next two sets with score of 29-27 and 25-23. Florida getting that win which they wanted in round two but Iowa stopped them.

Overall the Iowa Ice dominated for six rounds straight which is impressive! They finished on the podium in second place!

Women's Volleyball 2016

 

 

 

Iowa Men’s Team making History in Florida

The Men’s PVL team made history and finally got a victory which they have been wanting for so many years.

The Men’s team, the Iowa Icemen’s first match overall went well. The first set started off slow with a 25-12 score and Team Pineapple dominating the round. Then things started to pick up for the Iowa Icemen. All rounds were close with the second set of 19-25 Iowa Icemen, 25-19 Team Pineapple, and again 25-20 Team Pinnapple.

The next team Iowa Icemen had to play was Team SportConX. That round was pretty even with the first set being  25-22 followed by 25-20, 17-25, and 25-19. Team SportConX also took this round.

Match three was against the NE Midnight Riders and the Iowa Icemen were looking to write how this round would end. The first set was very competitive with a 25-21 win for Iowa. The next couple sets were close with a  26-28 and 23-25 but resulting in the NE Midnight Riders taking those. The Iowa Icemen did not like that very well and went on to win the next two sets resulting in 25-16 and 15-8. Overall the Iowa Icemen were the winners of round three.

The fourth match was all really close and going back and forth with Team IE. The set scores were 22-25 an Iowa victory, 25-22, 25-15, and 25-23 all Team IE controlling those.

The Iowa Icemen were wanting another overall win and they got it. These set scores were all close too starting off with a 22-25. Then followed by 29-27, 28-26, and 25-22 to make Iowa be the ones to watch.

The last match before the playoffs was a tight round with SoCal Avalanche winning. The scores were 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 15-12. In the end SoCal Avalanche  managed to get the win.

Playoffs are here and Iowa is determined to win. The first playoff match started out 25-23 the Great Lakes Lightening. Then Iowa took their momentum and ended up with a 20-25 and 30-32 score. In the end the Great Lakes Lightening won the round by winning the final two sets 25-17 and 16-14, but Iowa’s dreams may still come true with the last playoff against the Badger Region Lights out.

The last playoff meant business for the Iowa Icemen and knew they needed a win for a podium finish. It started off with a Badger win with 21-25. Then the next two sets were close and each got a win with  25-21 and 23-25. Iowa dominated the next two rounds with scores of 25-18 and 15-9 making them finish in 3rd place. This was the first time in history that the Iowa Men’s team won!

Men's Volleyball 2016

 

 

 

TWO 17’s teams Qualify for Open at Northern Lights

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Congratulations to IPVA 17 Black and Adrenaline 17’s in earning their Open Bids at Northern Lights National Qualifier.

IPVA went 9-2 on the weekend, having to survive a three way tie on the final day of pool play to advance to the 3rd place match against Adrenaline.  They defeated Adrenaline in a thrilling three set rematch of the Iowa Region Championship match a few weeks earlier.  IPVA won 23-25, 25-23, 15-8.

Adrenaline went 8-4 on the weekend.  Themselves having to survive a three way tie after the first round of pool play.  They defeated HPSTL 17 Royal and Asics Mavs 17-1 to advance into the gold round on Day 3.  On Day three they defeated EC Power 17 Steel and LoneStar 17 Endless Pursuit to advance to the third place match.

Congratulations to both of these GREAT teams and their coaches on an exciting weekend at Northern Lights.

USAV Beach HP Tryouts Come to Iowa

Iowa will be hosting  USA Volleyball High Performance Beach Tryout. USAV just confirmed May 14th as the date of the tryout. The tryout will be held at the new Elite Beach facility and will run from
9 AM -1PM. Check-in will be at 8 AM. This tryout is open to all USAV members national wide.
The Iowa Region will be launching a Beach HP program this summer and will use these tryouts to select our High Performance athletes as well.
See you 8AM May 14 @ Elite Beach
(For more information and registration information)

Six Pack 14’s Qualify for Nationals at Show Me NQ

sixpack14Congratulations to Six Pack 14’s and earning their bid to Nationals at the Show Me National Qualifier in Kansas City, MO.

They put together a great weekend.  Falling in the Gold Bracket semi-final to the eventual champion PVA 14 Elite and then defeating Club Legacy 14 Rox (25-20, 25-23) for third place and earning that bid!

Congratulations to Six Pack 14’s and Coach Liz Plum and her staff on a great tournament!