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Orange County, CA -- It is that time again, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is kicking off their 2019 AVCA Convention in Pittsburgh, PA from December 18-21. At the 2018 AVCA convention, NVA sent 15 of their athletes as demonstrators for their coaching clinics at the convention. This year, NVA will be presenting and honor the top collegiate volleyball athletes in the country on December 20th at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet. Furthermore, the NVA will have a significant footprint on the collegiate men’s season through sponsoring the Division I-II and Division III Men’s Coaches Polls as well as the All-American Awards for Division I-II, Division III, and the NAIA.
The AVCA, headquartered in Lexington, KY., has a membership of 7,000 members and counting, from many levels, from youth and high school to Olympic coaches. Their mission is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development, this all according to their website. The AVCA is responsible for selecting multiple honors at all levels of the sport including collegiate All-Americans, player of the year, coach of the year, just to name a few. With such a big influence on the sport of volleyball, NVA is honored and excited to partner with such a distinguished organization.
The NVA looks to continue to grow its involvement in the volleyball community beyond their partnership with the AVCA. We would like to use this event and relationship to gain momentum going into our 2020 season. Our 2020 NVA season will have 8 teams, and will last from April to June with multiple events. There is many more exciting things to come, so follow us on social media and stay updated with our website for important updates and exciting volleyball to come. Please feel free to reach out to us in person or by email with any questions about what we have planned. Join us on our journey into 2020.
As the summer comes to a slow end, the Stunners see more and more of their players leaving to pursue a career overseas to chase their volleyball dreams. One of those players is 6’6 middle blocker, Shayne Beamer, who has been instrumental in the success of the Stunners. Shayne has had an extensive career, playing at UCSD for four years and eventually leaving to go play in England at Northumbria University. Shayne’s career is now continuing overseas to Denmark where he is going to be playing for Middelfart Volleyball Klub. When asked about Middelfart Volleyball Klub, Shayne said “The team in Denmark is looking really good this year, it’s a combination of old and young guys so the team will be raw but experienced.” The Stunners have seen two players go to Denmark to continue their professional careers, one of them being outside hitter Louis Richards. When asked about playing against his Stunner teammate, Shayne elaborated his excitement with “I can’t wait to play against Louis, he’s an awesome volleyball player and a great competitor and it is going to be really fun playing against him this year.”
Shayne has been an excellent Stunner over the course of the past year, and shared the love he has for the Stunner team. “I am so thankful the Stunners picked me up after I got from the UK, the second I stepped into the gym I felt an instant connection” he said. The Stunners pride themselves on the family atmosphere that they are able to create, and Shayne loves competing with his boys, a sentiment that is felt throughout the Stunners gym. Shayne credits the Stunners for helping grow as a person and a volleyball player stating that “I’m certain that if I wasn’t able to compete in the NVA with such high level volleyball players, I would have lost all the skills I’ve worked so hard to develop.” Shayne also credits his opportunity to play overseas to the Stunners saying that “Without playing in the Atlantic City tournament against high level teams like the Stingers, I wouldn’t have been able to collect film and show my skills to help me get overseas and continue my career.”
Continuing the conversation of continuing his career, Shayne isn’t sure where he will land after this next season in Denmark. “I will always be a Stunner” he said. “Although I love volleyball, I do have other loves in my life that revolve around helping people,” he told us. Shayne continued to elaborate on those other passions in his life with “I really want to at one point be a behavioral psychologist so I can have a positive impact on the children of the world and help make their lives easier.”
As some ‘stay at home’ quarantine orders can be perceived as a time of boredom and isolation, some of the Stunners have decided to use this time to better themselves. They do this by working out, picking up new hobbies, or rehabbing their tired bodies after a grueling season. One Stunner that is using this time as more of a vacation is veteran Stunner, Johannes Brink. Johannes is originally from Norco, California in the Inland Empire, but moved out to Newport Beach in Orange County to play at Orange Coast College after high school.
After OCC, Johannes went on to play at Cal Baptist University, and then with Blizzard Volleyball (Now Stunners). He has established himself as a dominant force in the NVA as an opposite hitter for the Stunners over the past four years and is seen as a leader for the team. Johannes has spent most of his time in quarantine down in Newberry Springs at his family’s lake house where he has been able to relax and focus on himself for a while.
Johannes considers himself an outdoorsy person and loves to be active, with dirt-bike riding as one of his favorite pastimes. “Riding motocross has always been my first love and passion, even before volleyball,” he said. In addition to just riding, Johannes mentioned how he loves to work on his restored motorcycle, and all of the nuances that go into such a project. “I really wanted to understand the mechanics behind a dirt bike, so through video tutorials on YouTube I was able to get to work,” he stated. Other ways Johannes remains active is through other extreme sports like surfing and wakeboarding.
Johannes continues to find ways to keep a positive outlook during the era of COVID. That positive outlook also bleeds over into volleyball and the upcoming NVA season.
“Now with the world slowly opening back up, my thought process has switched over to volleyball mode, even though we don’t know what to expect this upcoming season,” Johannes explained, “I am grateful for any type of season I can get with my team. The boys on the Stunners are going to give everything they got every practice and game, nothing is going to hold us back from completing our goals this season”
One thing that Johannes is sure of, is that the time off is good for everyone who has been dealing with injuries. Johannes has been rehabbing a hurt shoulder and is now feeling better than ever. He exclaimed that his healthy shoulder is ready to put “holes in the floor from bouncing so hard.” We look forward to seeing that, be sure to follow Johannes and the Stunners.
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