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Welcome to the CEVA Volleyblog. The Region uses this space to post all the news, events, announcements and information you need for the CEVA season. We have help for parents, players, coaches, club directors and fans. Our Volleyblog is here to help you understand the Region and keep you informed about what's happening.

CEVA Blue Ribbon Club Program

CEVA started the Blue Ribbon Club program last year. It is a voluntary, incentive-based program, that has been designed to begin to address a number of areas the CEVA staff have identified that will help continue to grow Junior Girls’ volleyball in the region in a positive and forward-thinking manner.

Before we get to the specifics of the program, we think that you should have a little background information.

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CEVA grad Nicole Peterson's journey to ASU

Originally recruited by University of San Francisco, CEVA grad Nicole Peterson was all set. Until the USF coach resigned. Here's her story.

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History of CEVA

On July 31, 1980 CEVA was incorporated under the Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Act. The first Executive Director of CEVA was Tom Becic. Tom Becic was also the first CEVA member to be elected to a USAV National office as the treasurer at the 1980 meetings.

The first teams to play in the USAV National Adult Championships from Oregon were the Portland downtown YMCA Men and the Northeast Portland YMCA Women in 1949 in Los Angeles. The Portland Men finished tied for 7th in the 1949 Championships. The first Oregon team to win the Open division in the Far West Championships was the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1976. The first CEVA senior players elected as Most Valuable Player in a USAV National Championship were Rich Leong in 1981 and Marlene Piper in 1983. In 1988, the CEVA Viking Volleyball Club brought home the first adult division championship in the USAV National Tournament held in Salt Lake City, Utah, led by their coach Jeff Mozzochi.

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NPJ 16-1 Gold at USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships

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The 2016 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship was held at the Indianapolis Convention Center this past June/July, next door to the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts Football Team.  It was exciting for my 16’s NPJ National Team to play in the USA Division this year.  Indianapolis is a clean town that has a lot of fun activities to offer.  My team was able to enjoy some of the best activities Indianapolis has; the Indianapolis ZOO with a great Dolphin show and an amazing Orangutan Exhibit, a Gondola ride through the Central Canal in downtown Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard & Museum.  

When not exploring Indianapolis, we were hard at work competing and representing ourselves, volleyball club, and CEVA at Nationals.  We played teams from Ohio, Texas, Florida, California, Arizona, and North Carolina.  All the teams in the USA Division seemed evenly matched, most matches going to three games with close finishes.  We won some matches we should have lost, and lost some matches we should have won.   To say the least, the competition was tough!  Competing at Nationals is an experience that all volleyball players should strive for every season.  It’s not only a huge compliment to earn the invite to attend, but it’s a great honor to represent yourself, volleyball club, and CEVA in such a prestigious environment of athletes.  There were hundreds of college coaches and fans watching, which was exhilarating and nerve-racking at the same time.  It was exciting to see so much support for the sport I love! 

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Athena 16-1 Gold at USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships

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Nationals for the team was exciting, nerve racking, and memorable. This year before we actually played we got to see the NCAA hall of fame and this definitely got us in the mind set of playing all out because we were at nationals! Seeing what people before us had accomplished was exciting. Even just getting to learn more about other sports was a lot of fun and inspirational. We even got to do some fun little team interactive things that got a little heated because as a team we are very competitive and that shows in our playing.Everyone had a lot of nerves starting out because we were at nationals. But we were eventually able to push those out of the way and we played really well. We learned that pushing our nerves out of the way or channeling them towards our play is really important and makes us mentally tough. Being at nationals is all about being able to perform at your highest level when it counts and being mentally tough the whole time. We made some great memories that hopefully we can carry with us through life. The friends that I have made on this team, I have learned to love as teammates and friends. Our coach Susan Denham helped a lot with focusing on our team chemistry and always making sure we were ok with everyone on the team and helping us realize that on the court they are our family! We had a great trip and played some of the best volleyball of our season. Submitted by Chloe Brown.

Nationals is always an amazing experience! This year is one that I won't forget with this team. All year we have all been so close and it's like another family, and it showed on the court. We all trusted each other and everything just would come together when we played. After our first day, we were 1-1. I'd say it was bitter sweet. The next day our first game was very important. It was sort of our ticket into the top bracket. The first set we were down the whole set. Then the next set was redemption time for us. I remember in the third set we were down 12-9 and I was just thinking okay we are going to fight, this is not over. We came back and after we got game point the excitement was unreal. After day two our overall record was 3-2 and we were fine with that because the matches we lost we went down fighting. Now our third day we had a 3 team pool and if we finished 1st or 2nd we were still in the running for the Gold bracket. We lost our first match in a close battle in 3, so our next game we were ready to fight and we did and we won in 2. We got second so we played a first seed from another pool. The team we played was Elevation, who ended up winning the whole thing. They were a very good team. In the first set, it was neck and neck and we really battled but ended up losing 26-24. Sadly we lost in 2 and that means we were out of the running for that national title. The car ride back was quiet but we set our minds on the next day and finishing strong. When we found out we were playing Puget Sound, we were pumped! We had previously lost to them at the very first platinum tournament of the year, 19-17 in the third. So we were ready to go! We lost the first set and in the second set we had a rough start, but ended up pulling it out 26-24. We went on to play great volleyball in the 3rd set and we won! You could say that we were very happy with our season. The next team we played, you could tell after their warm ups that they could really put the ball away. We came out strong and everything was just clicking! We battled our hearts out in that first set and barely lost. The second set was a little tougher but we battled and kept fighting until the very end. It wasn't the ending to our season we had hoped for but we went down fighting and that's all we could do, so we were really proud of ourselves. The whole experience was amazing and nationals is something that every athlete should aim for if you are serious about your sport. Luckily we got to leave Indianapolis with a win after we did the escape room the next day. It really was a true team bonding experience and a great way to end our season. Submitted by Breana Edwards.
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