Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free "Train with the Pros" Beach Volleyball Clinic Featuring Rising Star Will Montgomery!

Will Montgomery at the AVP Qualifier at Santa Barbara in 2013. 
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Junior Beach Volleyball Athletes from the Puget Sound Region will have the opportunity to attend a free Train with the Pros Clinic at Jetty Island on July 9th with AVP and FIVB Tour Pro and USA National Team member Will Montgomery.  The clinic will take place from 11am to 2pm and space is limited.

Montgomery most recently competed with Stafford Slick on the FIVB Tour in the Anapa Open where they advanced to the round of 16 and tied for 9th place.  Montgomery is a Santa Barbara native and played indoor college ball for UC Irving.  In 2012 he played with Jeremy Casebeer, who Seaside volleyball fans know as "The Lorax" before switching to play with Avery Drost for most of 2013.  His current partnership with Stafford Slick has produced his best FIVB result as well as a pair of second place finishes in Norceca tournaments this year.

Montgomery will be teaching a skills clinic and answering questions during his trip to Jetty Island.  Junior athletes will have the opportunity to ask questions about the life of an up and coming AVP and FIVB pro as well as learn more about traveling the globe to play beach volleyball as a representative of Team USA.

Space for This Event is Very Limited
All attendees will have to travel via ferry from the 10th Ave Boat Ramp to Jetty Island
Ferry Reservations will be made for the athletes and coaches.  Parents will be responsible for their own ferry reservations.  Ferry reservations can be made by calling 425-257-8304.  

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Sound Premier Team Poised to Make a Title Run at the Premier Volleball League National Championship Tournament

Kylin Munoz
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Phoenix, AZ

The Sound Premier Volleyball Team is arriving in Arizona with a few new faces for the 2014 Premier Volleyball League National Championship Tournament.  University of Washington alumni and USA National Team player Kylin Munoz has joined the team along with Kimika Rozier who played college volleyball at Washington State University and University of South Florida and Stephanie Shiramizu who played at Michigan State University and is rejoining the team for the tournament.

The new players join a familiar core of players including Sound Premier veterans from the 2013 tournament, Katie Silliman, Sara Bendorf, Jessica Vanzant and Whitney Buck.  Portland State University product Jessica Hansen is traveling for nationals this year and first year head coach Paula Schwan also brings a collection of players who are new to the team for 2014 including Hannah Orcutt, Sabrina Hoeks and Cassie Robbins. 

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The Sound Premier team will start their tournament on Saturday May 24 against some familiar Northwest faces who are representing the Florida Wave at this event.  UW alumni Evan Sanders and Bianca Rowland are both playing for the Wave in this year's event and they are expecting to challege for the title and start with the #2 seed.  The Sound Premier Team will have their work cut out for them, but can draw from a full season of match experience against the Florida Wave who are playing together for the first time the day before the tournament.

Sound Premier Pool Play Match Schedule
1 R1 P2 Florida Wave Women (FL) Court 3 at 5/24 2:00 PM
2 R1 P2 Team GEVA (GE) Court 3 at 5/24 8:00 PM
3 R1 P2 Chesapeake Rising Tide (CH) Court 2 at 5/25 12:00 PM
4 R1 P2 Carolina Flight (CR) Court 6 at 5/25 4:00 PM
5 R1 P2 Team Great Lakes (GL) Court 3 at 5/26 8:00 AM
6 R1 P2 Heart of America Havoc (HA) Court 3 at 5/26 12:00 PM

Sara Bendorf connecting at the Sound Premier Showcase Match on March 9 at Everett CC.
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Sound Premier Team PVL Championship Roster

S  Gretchen Killebrew  UW
S  Whitney Buck  CWU
OH  Sara Bendorf U of Jacksonville
OH Jessica Vanzant  Portland State
OH Sabrina Hoeks  U of Maryland Baltimore County
MH  Katie Silliman  Arkansas State
MH  Hannah Orcutt  Christian Brothers University
MH Kimika Rozier  WSU/U of South Florida
OPP  Cassie Robbins  WSU
OPP  Kylin Munoz  UW
L  Jessica Hansen  Portland State
L  Stephanie Shiramizu Michigan State

Head Coach Paula Schwan
Asst. Coach Zach Calles
Asst. Coach Mati Bishop

Sound Premier at Their Home Opener on Feb. 21
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sound Premier and Norcal Dream Team Split Pro Volleyball Double Header

The Sound Premier Team and NorCal Dream Team faced off for the first time in Premier Volleyball League regular season play Sunday April 13 at Fife High School. 

The Sound Premier Volleyball Team split their double header match with the Norcal Dream Team at Fife High School on Sunday April 13.  The Sound won the first match in three sets and after a short break were defeated in three sets by NorCal. 

The two teams will meet again April 26 in Reno, Nevada during the Far Western Qualifier Tournament.  The Sound Premier Team will play their final showcase match of the season Friday April 18 at Skagit Valley College against the Western Washington University Alumni team.  Tickets for the match are $5 and are available at the door.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Sound Premier will Face the Norcal Dream Team in Premier Volleyball League Action Twice Sunday April 13

Fife, WA:  The Sound Premier Volleyball team will face the Norcal Dream Team in a Premier Volleyball League double header at Fife High School on Sunday April 13.  The trip is the first to the Puget Sound Region for the Norcal Dream Team and will mark the first time the two teams have met in regular season play.  The matches are at noon and 3pm.  Tickets are $5 and allow entrance to both matches.

Both teams are founding members of the Premier Volleyball League, a USA Volleyball sanctioned grass roots professional volleyball league.  The Norcal Dream Team finished fourth at the 2013 Premier Volleyball League Championship Tournament.  That was the best finish for either team at the national championship.

The two teams will meet again in Reno on April 26 as part of the Premier Volleyball League Tournament associated with the Far Western National Qualifier.  They will both play in the Premier Volleyball League Championship Tournament being held in Phoenix, AZ from May 24-27.

Tickets to the double header match are available at  More information about the Sound Premier Volleyball Team is available at

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dig That Shot Photo Gallery from the Sound Premier Volleyball team vs SIVA on March 9

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Three Puget Sound Region Teams Come Home from PNQ Week 1 with Bids to the Girls Junior National Championship!

Puget Sound Volleyball Academy 14 Jess earned an Open Division bid during the first weekend of the Pacific National Qualifier.  They defeated Southern California's T-Street Mike squad in three sets to earn a third place finish and the bid.
Puget Sound Volleyball Academy 14 Jess.  PNQ U14 Open Division Winners.

Puget Sound Volleyball Academy 16 Rodney won the U16 USA Division tournament with a win over Lake Tapps 16 Orange Rox who also received a bid to the USA Division of the Girls Junior National Championships for their second place finish.

Puget Sound Volleyball Academy 16 Rodney won the USA Division and a USA Division Bid to Nationals.

Lake Tapps 16 Orange Rox finished second in the U16 USA Division and won a USA Division Bid to Nationals!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Sound Premier Volleyball Team Open Thier 2014 Season with a 3-1 Win!

The Sound Premier Team got their season off to a winning start Friday night. 
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Sound Premier Volleyball Team Head Coach Paula Schwan used all 12 players on her roster Friday night to post her first win in her first match in charge of the program Friday night.  Many of the players were featured in multiple positions as they worked to catch the coaches eye and take a step closer to earning a spot on the team that will travel to the Premier Volleyball League National Championship Tournament being held in May.  All of the players had a hand in earning a 3-1 win over M.O.B in front of a record crowd at Fife High School.

Second year Sound Premier player Deviny Mo led all hitters with 14 kills and a .480 hitting percentage.  She played both outside and right side hitter throughout the night and passed a 2.0.  Newcomer Sabrina Hoeks also played both pin hitter positions and tallied 12 kills and a .400 hitting percentage.  Veteran outside hitter Sara Bendorf tallied 11 kills on 23 swings to round out an impressive night for the Sound Premier hitters.

Whitney Buck and Kelsie Petersen shared the setting responsibility.  They tallied 26 and 15 assists respectively as they got to know their hitters.  Second year libero Jessica Hansen passed a 2.3 and tallied six digs in her time as libero.

The Sound Premier Team played in front of a record crowd in their season opener.
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The Sound Premier team came out of the gates strong in the first set, but could not put the scrappy MOB team led by Stacey Dozono away early.  The crowd was treated to some late drama, but the Sound Premier squad held on to win 25-23.

Set 2 saw MOB get one step closer to winning a set as they forced extra points but eventually lost 26-24.  Sabrina Hoeks moved to the right side and was perfect on her two attempts, but the Sound Premier team killed the ball only 12 times in set two, compared to 19 kills from the first set.  They did perform under pressure with the match on the line to secure the second set and head into the intermission up two sets to none.

Sabrina Hoeks tallied a pair of aces with her jump top spin serve.
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MOB finally got a set victory in the third set as the Sound Premier offense continued to struggle, producing just 10 kills.  Holly Nichols, Jessica Siefert and Betsey Devich put together their best performance of the evening to lead their team to a 26-24 victory.

In set four it was Bendorf and Hoeks who combined for 9 kills to lead the Sound Premier team to a 25-21 victory.  After the match the players signed autographs and posed for photos with their fans.  The next Sound Premier Showcase Match is March 9 at Everett Community College.

Don't miss your chance to get on the court with the stars of the Sound Premier Volleyball Team at the Sound Volleyball Experience on March 9.  Click Here for Details and Registration