Courtesy of the Cleveland Volleyball company
The Cleveland Volleyball Company (CVC) is a Juniors’ Volleyball Program with 236 players from 10 counties. The club was started in 1989 by directors Dana Artman and Jill Pompei, with two teams.
CVC has now grown to 23 teams and has just won its third national championship, as the girls junior
national championships were held in Minneapolis, from June 24 to July 3. CVC had eight teams qualify and compete in the event. The U13 Black team, coached by Jessica Ciborek and assisted by Jeff Chang, won the 13 & under National Division.
“We played teams from all over the country,” Ciborek said. “Our 13’s played teams from Houston Texas, Northern California, Honolulu Hawaii, and in the final match beating a team from Arizona to win the championship.
“We have won 2 other National Championships in the 17 & under and 14 & under divisions in previous years as well as a Runner-Up Title previously. Since our inception, our athletes have received over 23 million dollars in scholarships.”
The U16 Black team, coached by Tina Siegel and assisted by Rory Lough, was the Runner-Up of the tournament in the USA Division and the 17 Black team, coached by Sherry Martin and assisted by Natalie Phillips, finished 9th in the Open Division (the highest division of the tournament).
The Cleveland Volleyball Company is a participating member of USA Volleyball (USAV). CVC provides northern Ohio high school-aged women, as well as, elementary and junior high school girls, a structured and fully sanctioned vehicle for development in the sport of volleyball. It provides selectively chosen athletes an opportunity to compete at the “juniors” level at USAV tournaments all over the country.
In addition to providing superior training in a most demanding and competitive environment, participation in this program cultivates these athletes. It exposes them to college recruiters who come to USAV tournaments specifically to view these young women “in action”. It gives them an opportunity to play in varied gymnasiums, on differing surfaces, in a number of different university settings. It permits them to actively interface with a broad spectrum of social, ethnic, geographic, and academic backgrounds of the other athletes. As in any competitive team program, personal development skills are nurtured.
It should be noted that it is becoming more and more desirable for scholarship applicants to have club experience on their resumes. In many college programs, it is essential for consideration. The reason is obvious- participants have been pre-screened, tournament tested, and have been exposed to superior-level competition equivalent to two or three regular high school seasons in just one USAV “club” season.
Volleyball is one of the fastest growing participation sports in the United States. The Ohio Valley Region of the USAV is one of the largest region for volleyball in the nation in total number of players. The Cleveland Volleyball Company is doing its part to put Ohio girls first in the minds of scouting universities, and on an even playing field in terms of competition for college team openings.