Friday May 25, 2018


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Triangle Volleyball Club selected as S.T.R.I.V.E award finalist

For the second time in five years the National Council of Youth Sports recognizes Triangle

Morrisville, NC, May 25, 2018: For the second time in just five years Triangle Volleyball Club has been selected among the five finalists for the National Council of Youth Sports’ [NCYS], S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year award. The S.T.R.I.V.E. Award [Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values, and Excellence] was established in 2012 and is presented annually by NCYS and award corporate sponsor, AIG.  The five finalists are selected from amongst the many nominations by an NCYS judging panel comprised of youth sports industry leaders.

This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. Criteria for selection includes demonstrating a heartfelt passion, commitment and contagious spirit for helping kids succeed in youth sports activities while maintaining a commitment to established safety procedures. This award praises organizations' commitment to kids' safety and health, demonstrating to young people that it is possible for Sports to Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence without compromising safety.

Triangle’s is one of only two organizations selected twice as a S.T.R.I.V.E. award finalist and is a result of Triangle’s continued commitment to injury prevention through investment of considerable energy and resources in programs that advance athlete safety by minimizing the injury risk potential of athletes. “We are excited to hear that the NCYS selected Triangle again as a youth sports leader in the area of athlete health and safety,” stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle’s Executive Director. Fadool added, “Our administration, coaching staff, strength and conditioning team, and physical therapy partners share a common goal to keep athletes in the game and on the court. Through active identification and correction of weaknesses in an athlete’s fundamental movement and mobility patterns while also addressing any early signs of our sports’ most common overuse-type injuries we can better insure that our athlete’s participation in sport is lasting and enjoyable.”

The “Five-for-STRIVE" finalists' profiles will be featured on the S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year webpage and promoted via social media. The S.T.R.I.V.E. award winner will be selected through a public voting process that runs from June 1 through June 22. The S.T.R.I.V.E. award winner will be recognized at a ceremony held in their home town where they will receive a $5,000 award. Once voting opens on June 1st, Triangle’s supporters can visit the NCYS S.T.R.I.V.E site to view Triangle’s submission and place their daily vote [every unique and verifiable email address may vote ONCE PER DAY].


Wednesday May 16, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018: The athletes and accomplishments of the 2018 season were honored at Triangle's annual End of Season Celebration held at the Raleigh Convention Center. In addition to team awards and special recognition Triangle recapped an exciting season both on and off the court. The highlights of this season's service includes:

  • Collections for Note in the Pocket
  • First all-veteran competitive sitting team formed
  • Began partnership with Gigi's Playhouse - an adult Down's Syndrome Achievement Center
  • Funded a tournament trip for Borinquen Coqui 16-1F as part of our Hurricane Maria relief efforts.
  • Host site for the North Carolina Special Olympics Volleyball Summer Games
  • and more.

Special Recognition

The following individuals were recognized for above and beyond service to Triangle's mission "to educate the whole person through excellence in the sport of volleyball."

  • Mary Elizabeth Finegan Award for Service
    • Madelyn Wilson '20 (Honorary 16s team member, Apex Friendship) - Despite a life-changing diagnosis of stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma this past fall, Madelyn, not only battled her illness but she found a way to raise over $20,000 for Duke Children’s Valvano Day Hospital and the 5100 Children’s Oncology wing. Madelyn, now cancer-free, and in recovery from her aggressive treatment is working hard to make her way back to the court.
    • Meredith Blum (Coach 16U Boys, 12 Steel, and 12 Regional AAU) - Meredith works with nearly everyone of our service programs and consistently volunteers for club activities and events.
  • Iron Triangle Award - recognizes athletes with a deep passion and commitment for health and fitness
    • Maya Starr, Triangle 13 Blue, Group 3/4 (Monday/Wednesday)
    • Lauren Denney, Triangle 15 White, Group 2 (Tuesday/Thursday late)
    • Kaeli Braswell, Triangle 16 Blue, Group 1 (Tuesday/Thursday early)
  • Sam Casey Caram Excellence in Coaching Award - Brian Bacchi. Brian coached Triangle 15 Silver, resourced Group 1, and is coaching 16 Regional AAU this season.
  • The Board Award - Emily Curtis, Triangle 18 Blue, Class of 2018. Triangle's most presitigious student-athlete award recognizing the athlete who best personifies Triangle's mission and character and so named in honor of Ashley Brooke Board McMullin, Class of 2004. Emily has played at Triangle for eight years and currently serves as the assistant coach of Triangle 14 White. She has worked with our youth program and volunteers with other club teams and programs throughout the year.
  • Triangle Cup winner - Triangle 14 White. The Triangle Cup is an internal and friendly competitive service challenge.

Triangle Awards are individual team awards that recognize the athlete on each team that best represents the core values of our club. The Triangle Award winners for 2018 are:

  • 11 Black-Rory Wingo
  • 11 Blue-Abby Silinski
  • 12 Black-Erin Curtis
  • 12 Blue-Sydney Muffler
  • 12 White-Sally Perez
  • 12 Silver-Susan Migdal
  • 12 Steel-Emerson Conigliaro
  • 13 Black-Delaney Hodgin
  • 13 Blue-Kate Kilpatrick
  • 13 White-Ashley Ju
  • 13 Silver-Allie Ferrell
  • 14 Black-Alex Hatchett
  • 14 Blue-Lottie Johnson
  • 14 White-Tessa Justus
  • 14 Silver-Mary Broderick
  • 14U Boys-Kristian Smith
  • 15 Black-Ashley Cao
  • 15 Blue-Blair Jones
  • 15 White-Isabelle Downs
  • 15 Silver-Maggie Pattyson
  • 15 Steel-Walker Williams
  • 16 Black-Grace Patrick
  • 16 Blue-Kaeli Braswell
  • 16 White-Cameryn Ekeler
  • 16 Silver-Brooke Fryar
  • 16U Boys-Luis Rivera
  • 17 Black-Gabby Brown
  • 17 Blue-Abby Wordsworth
  • 17 White-Natalie Williams
  • 18 Black-Claire Campbell
  • 18 Blue-Daryn Armstrong
  • 18 White-Mackenzie Calton
  • 18U Boys-Max Mrus
Wednesday May 16, 2018

Destiny Cox, 6'1" Outside Hitter (Triangle 18 Black, Carrboro HS) and Ade Owokoniran, 6'3" Middle Blocker (Triangle 18 Black, Wakefield HS) have been named to the 2018 USA Women's Junior National Team [WJNT]. They are among just twelve (12) players selected from across the nation to represent the USA at the 2018 NORCECA U20 Continental Championships. Cox and Owokoniran will train beginning June 8 at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (OTC). They will depart for Aguascalientes, Mexico on June 16th and compete over six days in the NORCECA U20 Continental Championships.

Monday April 2, 2018

Triangle 18 Blue captured a bid to USAV 18s Junior Nationals in the USA Division in Anahiem, CA at the Northeast Qualifier last weekend. 18 Blue entered the tournament a 14th seed and started the tournament off going 3-0 in their Day 1 Pool.  

After a 2-way tie in their pool on Day 2, 18 Blue beat Excel 18 National White, 25-23, in a single set tie breaker to take 2nd in their pool and head to the Gold Bracket on Day 3.  

18 Blue won their first two matches in the Gold Bracket, taking them to the semi-finals of NEQ and awarding them a bid to USAV Junior Nationals in Anahiem.  After losing their semi-final match, 18 Blue finished T3 with a 7-2 record. Good luck at Nationals! 

Wednesday March 21, 2018

Congratulations to 16 Black and 17 Black who qualified for USAV Junior National Championships in the Open Division over the weekend at the Disney Volleyball Showcase in Orlando, FL. Triangle 16 Black won the Open Division of the national qualifier - going 9-0 during the 3 day tournament. Triangle 17 Black finished in 2nd place, losing the championship match to Top Select 17 Elite Blake out of Florida. 

To catch the full story - click below to read the Prep Volleyball articles on both teams [Prep Volleyball membership required]. 

17 Black:

16 Black:



Wednesday March 21, 2018
Thursday March 8, 2018

Triangle is hosting its tenth MAPL Raleigh welcoming 156 teams to Raleigh for the second in the Mid-Atlantic Power League [MAPL] Series. MAPL is an elite-level junior girls' tournament bringing together the best talent from along the eastern seaboard and beyond. Hosted at both the Raleigh Convention Center and Triangle Volleyball Club's Brier Creek facility, MAPL Raleigh will bring teams to the area from as far away as Pennsylvania.

In addition to junior girls, the RCC will also be the site of Battle of the Bros, a junior boys event.

The tournament runs both Saturday and Sunday. Spectator admission is $15 for the weekend or $10 per day.

Tuesday February 20, 2018


Presidents’ Day weekend saw nineteen (19) Triangle teams competing in three-day Presidents’ Day events in both Salt Lake City and Washington DC. There were many exciting matches, some great team moments both on and off the court, and many examples of perseverance, hard work, and sportsmanship.

Four teams were invited to participate in the Triple Crown Sports National Invitation Tournament held in Salt Lake City. This event is one of the most competitive club events each season and includes many of the top junior’s clubs in the United States. All Triangle teams were competitive in their age groups and the level of play was among the best on display all season.



Win-Loss Record

Finish/Field Size

15 Black

15 Open



16 Black

16 Elite



17 Black

17 Elite



18 Black

18 Elite



*indicates team forfeit due to flight schedule conflict


In total 15 teams aged 12-17 attended CHC held in our nation’s capital. The results shown below illustrate the strength and depth of talent on our teams. Across all age and team levels [Black to Steel] our teams were very competitive in a diverse field which included teams from New England, the eastern seaboard, and beyond. Thirteen of fifteen teams played their way into the Gold Championship bracket with all thirteen teams ultimately earning top ten finishes. Eight of these finishes were in the top five making the 2018 Capitol Hill Classic one of Triangle’s best. Triangle achieved an overall win-loss record of 81-23 [78%]. Below are individual team results:



Win-Loss Record

Finish/Field Size

12 Black

13 Club


T9/48 Gold

12 Blue

12 Club


T5/32 Gold

13 Black

13 Open


T5/24 Gold

13 Blue

13 Club


T5/48 Gold

13 White

13 Club



14 Blue

14 Open


T9/48 Gold

14 White

14 Patriot


T9/48 Gold

14 Silver

14 Club


T9/64 Gold

15 Blue

15 Open


T9/64 Gold

15 White

15 Patriot


T5/64 Gold

15 Silver

15 Club


T5/64 Gold

15 Steel

15 Club


T3/64 Gold

16 White

16 Open


T5/64 Gold

16 Silver

16 Club


T5/96 Gold

17 White

17 Open




KUDOS to the following individuals who were recognized by CHC staff as positional standouts in their respective competitive division:

  • Best Digger: Sophia Matthews, 12 Blue [12 Club]; Alyssa Zoutendyk, 15 Steel [15 Club]
  • Best Receiver: Makenzie Schlegel, 15 Silver [15 Club]
  • Best Setter: Emily Bobbitt, 13 Black [13 Open]; Clara Carbone, 13 Blue [13 Club]; Izzy Downs, 15 White [15 Patriot]
Wednesday February 7, 2018

Morrisville, NC, February 7, 2018:  Triangle announced today that Mike Schall, Associate Director, will step down from his administrative post at Triangle to join the coaching staff of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Women’s volleyball team. Schall will remain on Triangle’s coaching staff and continue to serve as the head coach of Triangle 16 Black through the end of the 2018 club season.

Schall joined Triangle in 2011 having coached over twelve years at perennial powerhouse Penn State with Head Coach Russ Rose. “Over the last six plus years, Mike’s leadership and passionate delivery on Triangle’s mission ‘to educate the whole person through excellence in the sport of volleyball’ have been instrumental in Triangle’s rise in national prominence,” stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle’s Executive Director.

Schall’s return to the college game has him joining long-time UNC Head Coach and Triangle Board Member, Joe Sagula. “The Tar Heels are getting one of the very best in volleyball,” Fadool added. “Beyond his wealth of talent Mike brings a unique gift to drive performance in an environment rooted in care and concern. His daily presence will be missed at Triangle, but we are genuinely excited for him, wish him absolutely all the best at Carolina, and look forward to seeing him on the sidelines,” stated Fadool.

For the remainder of the 2018 club season, Schall’s role and responsibilities will be covered by a transition team comprised of members of Triangle’s talented and dedicated coaching staff. “We are exceedingly fortunate to have over eighty committed coaches who possess the experience and capabilities to fill the various roles and responsibilities associated with Mike’s position. I have the utmost confidence that Triangle will maintain the high standards of operational excellence that have made it successful since 2002,” stated Fadool.

View [Triangle Press Release]

View [Carolina Volleyball Press Release]