AZ Storm Elite VBC is coming off of one of its most successful club seasons and is primed for even more success in 2019-2020! Our highlights from last season include:
• Ranked 8th best club nationally by US Club Rankings for 2019.
• Had 30+ Division I and Division II coaches visit our practice gym last year to watch our players train in a practice environment.
• 7 Prep Volleyball Pre, Mid and Post Season All-Americans (Kate Grimmer, Nicole Hoff, Reagan Hope, Katie McCarthy, Jordan Middleton, McKenna Douglas and Anita Babic).
• 6 teams were top 3 in AZ Region Championship for their respected age group: 12 Thunder, 13 Thunder, 15 Thunder, 16 Thunder, 17 Thunder and 18 Thunder. 3 were Az Region Champions: 15T, 16T and 17T. 14T won the Silver Division.
• 12 Thunder won the 12 and Under Division at Festival.
• 5 teams qualified for USAVB Nationals: 18 Thunder, 17 Thunder, 16 Thunder, 15 Thunder and 13 Thunder. 3 of these teams medaled: 13T American Gold Medal, 15T Open Silver Medal and 18T Open Bronze Medal.
• 5 players selected to USAVB Nationals All-Tournament team in OPEN Division (Shannon Shields, Nicole Hoff, Jordan Middleton, Laylah Daniel and Anita Babic).
• 4 HS level teams in Open Division at Nationals competing against the best 36 teams in the country. PrepVB had all 4 teams nationally ranked when the season ended listing 15 Thunder #3 overall, 16 Thunder #14 overall, 17 Thunder #17 overall and 18 Thunder #5 overall in their respected age group. All teams mentioned had the highest ranking over all other Arizona teams.
• 4 Class of 2020 Prep Volleyball Senior Aces (Kate Hatch, Taylor Raiola, Bri McKnight, Jasmine Knight).
• 3 Junior National Qualifier Open Championships (18 Thunder Northern Lights Qualifier; 17 Thunder at Colorado Crossroads; and 15 Thunder at Red Rock Rave).
• 2 Volleyball Magazine Awards: All-American (Jordan Middleton) and Honorable Mention All-American (Anita Babic).
• 1 Prep Volleyball and Volleyball Magazine Class of 2022 Player of the Year (Jordan Middleton).
AZ Storm Elite is proud to have its players competing for Arizona middle and high school teams across the State and wishes everyone the best of luck in their quest for a championship.
With a new club season fast approaching, AZ Storm Elite is looking to reload! We are looking to add new players, who want to take their game to the highest level possible and relish the opportunity to be coached by the best coaches and to compete against the best in practices and tournaments day in and day out!
We will continue working hard to provide a platform for our players to get noticed by colleges and to help them with the recruiting process. We had over 15 players commit last year alone! AZ Storm Elite currently has alumni playing in the Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Mountain West, West Coast, Big West, Big Sky, Summit League, and Western Athletic.
If you are a talented student-athlete, who wants to challenge yourself to be the best you can be, we hope to see you in our gym in the Fall ready to work hard to elevate your game as well as the play of everyone around you!
AZ Storm Elite Club Director and
2019-2020 16 Thunder and 13 Thunder Head Coach
The 2018 Triple Crown Volleyball NIT drew 436 teams to Salt Lake City over President’s Day Weekend, which included multiple squads from the country’s strongest and deepest club programs.
We are pleased to announce the final standings for the Top Club Award, which is based on points accrued depending on team finishes in each division, 14’s through 18’s. To qualify, clubs had to have teams in at least three different age groups, and each club’s three highest finishes were then awarded points:
1. Arizona Storm (300 points) – Winners of 17 Elite, 15 Elite and 14 Elite.