The Southern Ohio Elite Junior Olympic Volleyball Club players are participating in statewide tournaments, and earning their place in the regional rankings. Three 14 and under teams are currently participating in tournaments, as well as a 16 and under team participating in tournament play. Teams are comprised of players from Vinton County Local Schools, Wellston, Jackson, Oak Hill, Minford, Alexander, Athens, and Nelsonville York school districts. Teams routinely play between 10 and 15 games per tournament.
Southern Ohio Elite Pink team earned fifth place in the gold bracket at the Pickerington North High School tournament, second place in the copper division at the Kaepa Regional Challenge at the Columbus Expo Center, and first place in the silver division at a Columbus Volleyball Center tournament. Players on the team include Brea Blair, Caitlin Owings, Hannah Ross, and Mary Beth Niple from Vinton County, Samantha Ousley, Shanea Long, and Jordan Davis from Wellston, and Josie Seel, Morgan Cochran, and Abbie Talbert from Nelsonville York. The team is coached by Tara Dodrill, and assistant coaches Cindy Owings, and Crystal Cochran. Seel has led the team in serving. Ousley is the current leading spiker.
Kristi Melvin coaches Southern Ohio Elite Black. The team took third place in the bronze division at the Kaepa Regional Challenge tourney at the Ohio Expo Center, and fifth place in the gold division at the Columbus Volleyball Center tournament. Players on the team include Miranda Melvin, Breanna Oswald, Elizabeth Schoeppner, Sara Whitlach, Riley Nibert, Kori Ann Hickman, and Kristen McGraw.
Southern Ohio Elite White team is coached by Courtney Hale, and assistant coach, Gail Niple. The team placed third in the copper division at the Kaepa Regional Challenge at the Columbus Expo Center, and third in the silver division at the Columbus Volleyball Center tournament. Players on the team include Xan Hale, Maranda Hale, Megan Dixon, Emma Stanley, Marilyn Rankin, Tiffani King, Shavonna Haggerty, Eva Conrath, and Amber Moore. The 14’s teams will travel to Davis Middle School in Dublin for a Matchpoint tournament later this month.
Maria Drenner coaches southern Ohio Elite Big Pink 16’s team. The team finished third in the silver division at the Miami University tournament in Oxford. Players on the team include Nicole Brooks, Rachelle Hart, Brandie Hawk, Tiffany James, Ally Kroutel, and Taylor Stewart. The team will be traveling to Parkersburg, West Virginia for their next tournament.