TVP Teams kick off the summer season over Memorial Weekend with the last boys qualifier of the indoor season, Boys East Coast Championships in Richmond, Virginia. Another month of training in June and TVP is off to Dallas, Texas for the Boys Junior National Championships. Currently ranked #14 nationally, TVP 18 is poised to compete in the open division after earning a bid in Harrisburg in February. TVP 15, who are undefeated and ranked #21 nationally as a U14 team, will be competing in the U15 division.
More than half of TVP's 30 athletes will be training in USA Volleyball's High Performance programs in Tennessee, Chicago and Florida this summer, with as many as six competing at the HP Championships in Fort Lauderdale. Other TVP athletes are attending camps at Penn State and Princeton.
TVP athletes will be preparing for their freshman years after committing to play at Vanguard University of Southern California, the University of Southern California, Ohio State University, New York University, Alvernia University, and also for their studies and club programs at University of Maryland and George Mason University. Another TVP athlete will be preparing for his senior year of high school and commitment to play at UC Irvine while training with the USA Youth National Team.
Many of the TVP boys have already started their outdoor season training in the sand and will compete at First Rites in Rehobeth over Mother's Day weekend.
TVP coaches and staff are traveling to Europe , Australia, up and down the East Coast, the Midwest, the West Coast, and Alaska.
As TVP expands its horizons this summer, the popular TVP Grass League will take a hiatus. If TVP decides to squeeze in a local outdoor program between our excursions, information will be posted on the TVP website. In the meantime, there are many opportunities to grow your game this summer. We encourage anyone with the time and financial backing to pick up the reigns and organize your volleyball community on the sand and grass this summer. Please let us know if TVP can help your program get up and running.
Go Play! And wear something cool, like these TVP tops (more styles and colors in the TVP Store):
Proud of Coach Bridget Kulesh, who last year won a national championship coaching the UC Santa Barbara men's club team, and this year is named National Coach of the Year. Coach Kulesh served as U16 coach during TVP's inaugural season in 2014-15.
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TVP teams stayed local on Sunday, March 10. The U18 teams were a bit short of players for the day, so a few of the the young guys played up. TVP 18s (1st place) vs TVP 18p (2nd place) in the U18 Gold Bracket Championship match. TVP 14 earns first place in the U14 Gold Bracket. These three TVP teams compiled a combined 13-2-1 match record at the 2019 CHRVA Regional Championships. Here they are, below, trying to figure out where to look among the sea of paparazzi.
Congrats to TVP 18s and TVP 18p (18 Open Division) and TVP 15 (15 Open Division) for compiling a combined 17-8 match record at the 2019 Boys Atlantic Northeastern Tournament in Harrisburg, PA. TVP 18s finished third overall after a close 20-22 third set against ECVC in the semis, and earned a bid to the 2019 BJNC Open Division in Dallas. TVP 15 won the Bronze Division. Fun weekend on and off the court.
The St. James Arlington Elite U15 team joined the TVP 15/14 team in Rockville for a friendly match on Sunday, February 17. Both teams are heading to Harrisburg, PA for the Boys Atlantic Northeastern qualifier February 22-24.
TVP Alumni brought their latest experiences and TVP memories to the TVP gym on December 23, sparring with TVP 18 athletes in a contest featuring all the good stuff: great level of play, smack talk and friendships.
It was great to see our alums are doing well with their collegiate teams: Robbie (Arcadia), Victor (Alvernia), Ryan (Wentworth), James, Henry and Richard (Maryland), Rin (John Jay), Andrew (Elon), Liam (Belmont Abbey), Kyle (Marymount) and Noel (Campbellsville). Special thanks to Coach Joe Moyer drawing up the X's and O's for the alums.
Our friends at Annapolis Volleyball Club joined our TVP teams in our Rockville practice gym for a combined practice and scrimmage on December 16. Many thanks to the AVC coaches, athletes and parents for making the trip and for sharing their enthusiasm for our sport.
TVP and AVC teams and coaches. U16 above and U18 below.
The Wingmate has your back. The Wingmate protects the lead. The Wingmate offers mutual support to teammates on and off the court. The Wingmate adds offensive and defensive firepower. The Wingmate brings awareness to predictable and unforeseen situations. The Wingmate improves the quality of team production, and puts the team in a position to use its strengths, and defend its honor.
Ahhh, but when does The Wingmate get the credit? Good question.
The Wingmate draws satisfaction from the team's performance knowing that their contributions of preparation and presence are the keys to the team's success. Credit doesn't matter, does it?
When the value of The Wingmate is publicly recognized, it is well-deserved, but The Wingmate knows where to deliver the credit: To teammates. To parents. To those who came before. To the respected opponent. To the blessings of opportunity.
The Wingmate shows up in the practice gym each time. On game day The Wingmate competes on the court and also stands ready on the bench, and cheers from the stands. The Wingmate challenges from the opposing side of the net. The Wingmate plans the season, officiates, coaches and compiles results. The Wingmate pays the bills and manufactures equipment. The Wingmate keeps score, works the concession stands, shags volleyballs, and photographs. The Wingmate drives the team members to away matches. And so on.
The Wingmate makes volleyball happen at TVP. To The Wingmate's credit, TVP teams look forward to gathering at their next tournament in January. And until then, at practice.
At the 2018 National Championships in Phoenix, Cesco and Payton led their team to a bronze medal finish in the Gold Bracket and both made the All-Tournament team. The foundation for their success was already established in Dallas earlier by their commitment to their team, the game, and their own progress.
The weekend of December 1-2, 2018, our TVP teams made the 3+ hour trip from the Washington DC metro area to the Lehigh Valley, PA for season opening competition. Our teams did well, we learned a bit more about ourselves, had fun, and will look forward to a good season.
In the gym on Sunday, cheering on his teammates, with no prospect of playing due to injury, was Payton Jacobs. Homework was to be done between matches. When his teammates were on the court, 3+ hours away from home, Payton was there to cheer them on.
TVP adopted the slogan “Practice WE. Be YOU” this past summer to honor the value of a team-focused culture nurtured by principled individuals who offer their own skill and spirit to the greater good. The slogan is on the TVP website and used it as a sign-off on emails, but on its own the words really do not offer specific road map to an unselfish, team-focused culture. Coach Ed Shilling writes about individual, selfish behavior in "Exposing a Thief of Individual and Team Success" but clarity also comes with examples of people who make a positive impact on their teams. Their character becomes our road map.
This past Sunday, Payton Jacobs once again defined for us by example how to practice WE.
Be YOU, Payton! Go TVP!
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