February 8, 2022 | 2022 Regional Double-Goal Coach Award Winners Announced
Triangle is excited to announce the selection of Coach and Injury Prevention Coordinator, Michelle Panzl, as a Regional Winner for the prestigious Double-Goal Coach®Award established by the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and presented by TeamSnap.
The Regional Winners were selected from hundreds of nominated coaches who received over 1,000 letters of reference. Nominees are assessed on the extent to which they reflect the model of a Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more-important goal is teaching life lessons through sports. A Double-Goal Coach® behaves as follows:
- Takes a mastery approach to sport rather than a scoreboard orientation, teaching athletes to put forward maximum effort, continuously learn and improve, and not let themselves be stopped by mistakes or fear of mistakes.
- Fills Emotional Tanks of athletes, refusing to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. Recognizing that a player’s “Emotional Tank,” like the gas tank of a car, must be full in order to go anywhere, the Double-Goal Coach provides a fuel mixed of five specific, truthful praises for every specific, constructive correction.
- Honors the Game by respecting ROOTS (Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates, Self).
Panzl's nomination highlighted her work as both a team coach and her role as Triangle's Injury Prevention Coordinator. Her coaching career began when she herself was a student-athlete at Triangle Volleyball Club (Class of 2010). She coached at Triangle in a variety of roles throughout her undergrad education at UNC-CH and while she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Elon University. She operates a satellite physical therapy clinic in Triangle's gym, offers free injury screenings to Triangle athletes, and oversees Triangle's award winning injury prevention program. In the 2021 season, Panzl assumed the head coaching role of Triangle 14 Blue after the team's young coach, CJ Hunter, passed away unexpectedly. The season was one that realized tremendous on-court success, outstanding team bonding, and individual growth and development while challenged by the loss of a beloved coach. Panzl joins Triangle 18 Black Head Coach, Logan Barber, a 2019 National Winner of the PCA Double-Goal Coach®Award.
The Coach nominations for the Double-Goal Coach®Awards must be accompanied by numerous professional references from colleagues, former players and former parents. In the coming weeks, the PCA selection committee will identify 25 National Winners from the list of Regional Winners who will each receive $500, a certificate from PCA, and recognition on PCA's website, newsletters, and media campaigns. Thanks to the generosity of the Taube Family Foundation, one special coach will win the Taube Family Prize in Recognition of Excellence in Coaching and be named PCA’s National Coach of the Year. This prize, to be awarded later in the Spring, will include $10,000 ($2,500 to the coach and $7,500 to the youth sports organization or school of their choice).
To see the Positive Coaching Alliance release click HERE.
3.15.22 | Triangle Volleyball Club will host a Division I collegiate spring scrimmage on Sunday, March 27th. The Triangle Collegiate Classic will feature twelve college programs. The programs attending are:
- Appalachian State
- Campbell University
- Coastal Carolina
- High Point
- Old Dominion
- William & Mary
The scrimmage will begin at 10:30am and conclude at ca. 3:45pm on Sunday, March 27th. Teams will be issued player passes to provide entry for families. All other spectators are $5pp* payable at the door. *credit cards have a $1 service fee
The final schedule will be posted in a few days prior to the event.
SPECTATORS: - Teams can submit a 'player pass list' for parents, etc. - All other spectators are $5 pp payable at the door. $1 credit card service fee. - NO BLEACHER SEATING PROVIDED. Please bring your own seating.
Duke vs. Campbell
|10:30am||Elon vs. High Point||UNCW vs. Liberty||Charlotte vs. ECU|
ODU vs. Campbell
ECU vs. William/Mary
UNCW vs. App. State
Duke vs. High Point
Lberty vs. William/Mary
Elon vs. Charlotte
Elon vs. Liberty
ODU vs. UNCW
Campbell vs. ECU
High Point vs. App. State
Charlotte vs. William/Mary
ODU vs. App. State
1.7.2022: Triangle Volleyball Club will host its 7th annual City of Oaks Challenge volleyball tournament January 15-17; bringing teams from Virginia to South Carolina to the area for three days of competition.
Most of the competition will take place on 25 regulation courts set up in the Exhibit Hall of the Raleigh Convention Center. Triangle's state-of-the-art facility at the Wake Competition Center will host the older boys' division on Saturday and Sunday.
City of Oaks Challenge is sponsored by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
For tournament information click HERE.
December 6, 2021 | Triangle Volleyball Club is proud to share the news that Senior Director and 12 Black Head Coach Jenna Hinton has been honored by the Junior Volleyball Association among those receiving the 2021 JVA Junior Club Service Award.
The following announcement was made today - The JVA is pleased to announce the 15 individuals honored with the 2021 JVA Junior Club Service Award. This award recognizes the dedication and loyalty of the coaches, club directors and administrators of JVA member clubs who have been active in junior volleyball for at least 20 years. This year we are pleased to honor two individuals who have dedicated over thirty years of service to junior volleyball. We are grateful to honor this year's recipients for their dedication to growing our sport.
"Coaches are the lifeblood of our sport. They put in endless hours that often go unrecognized, so we are proud to be able to shine a light on these individuals who have dedicated not only their time, but their heart as well. It is impossible to tally the number of young people they have had an impact on. A huge 'thank you' from the JVA for your service," shares JVA Executive Director, Jenny Hahn.
The honorees will be celebrated and presented with an award during the JVA Annual Gathering on Thursday, December 16th at 3:00 pm ET at the AVCA Convention in Columbus, Ohio.
This award is presented by 431 Sports, the Official Team Dealer of the JVA.
November, 2021 - Triangle is excited to begin its 20th season with the announcement of its slate of teams for 2022. Totalling 30 teams, both male and female, Triangle will train and compete with 309 athletes who hail from as far away as Winston-Salem and Wilmington. Triangle teams will compete locally as well as in prestigious national events throughout the country.
Team rosters and competition schedules are posted on our team pages.
October, 2021 - Triangle is pleased to announce that Tammi Fries has joined Triangle's administrative team full-time as an Assistant Director and Collegiate Recruiting Coordinator. Fries brings a wide array of experience to her position including a four-year collegiate playing career, nine years of collegiate coaching and recruiting, club management, as well as club and prep-level coaching.
"I am very excited to join Triangle's administrative team and help lead a nationally recognized club that I have known and respected for many years. It is a special privilege to join Triangle in its 20th season and fulfill a role that allows me to do something I thoroughly enjoy; helping and encouraging athletes through the college recruiting process", said Fries.
Fries (Batson) was an opposite hitter and four-year letter winner for Campbell University's Fighting Camels. She was voted MVP in 2002 and served as team co-captain in 2003. She earned academic all-conference honors all four years, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Upon graduation Fries attended University of Florida where she earned a master's degree in sport management while also teaching volleyball physical education classes to undergraduate students. While in Gainesville she coached both club (Gainesville Juniors) and high school (Buchholz HS) volleyball and also served as an operations intern for the Florida Gators women's volleyball team in Spring 2006.
Fries began her collegiate coaching career at East Tennessee State (ETSU) serving as both an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. Her recruiting efforts on behalf of the Buccanneers saw the 2010 ETSU Recruiting Class earning PrepVolleyball.com honorable mention among top recruiting classes in the nation.
From ETSU Fries went on to Southern Illinois (Carbondale) where she served one year as an assistant coach before returning to North Carolina to serve as the assistant coach at Queens University of Charlotte. Fries was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2013 - the same year Fries received AVCA's prestigious "Thirty under 30" award recognizing up and coming coaching talent at all levels in the sport. Fries also held positions on AVCA's Assistant Coaches Committee, Division II subcommittee, and the JVA subcommittee.
Prior to coming to Triangle full-time, Fries served her alma mater for five years as Campbell's Director of Annual Giving in the Institutional Advancement department and as a volunteer assistant for Campbell's Women's Volleyball program.
"Tammi brings tremendous experience and knowledge to our administrative team and will be a strong advisor and supporter to our athletes as they pursue collegiate placement to advance both their academic and athletic goals," stated Triangle's Executive Director Sherry Fadool.
October 5, 2021 | Triangle is pleased to welcome Lori Spells, MD to Triangle’s Board of Directors. Lori is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. "I am excited that Dr. Spells will be joining the Triangle Volleyball Club board of directors," stated Alan Slay, Triangle's Board Chairperson. He added, "Lori's professional experience, her experiences as the parent of student-athletes, and her familiarity with Triangle and club volleyball will benefit the board as we continue to support Triangle's mission and the operations of the club."
"Dr. Spells is an excellent complement to our esteemed Board of Directors," stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle's Executive Director. “In a time when issues surrounding athlete mental well-being are at the forefront of athletics at all levels, Lori’s experience will bring incredible insight and value to Triangle’s leadership. To be certain, as both a mental health professional and parent of elite level athletes, Lori is especially well-equipped to positively affect the athlete experience at Triangle," said Fadool.
Triangle alums are making a big difference at their collegiate program of choice this fall. With 78 total athletes playing at 60 different clubs nationally, Triangle has the most impactful North Carolina alumni presence in the NCAA. In total, there are 57 playing at Division I schools, 12 at Division II schools and 9 @ Division III.
|Name||College Commitment||Yrs@Triangle||Class of...|
|Megan Tamisiea||American | DI||3||2021|
|Daryn Armstrong||Appalachian State | DI||3||2018|
|Courtney Zwikker||Barry University | DII||4||2020|
|Sarah Wilson||Belmont Abbey | DII||4||2020|
|Mandy Schiltz||Caldwell University | DII||4||2020|
|Hannah Nelson||Canisius College | DI||7||2018|
|Erin Westberg||Carnegie Mellon | DIII||6||2018|
|Taylor Thomason||Coastal Carolina | DI||6||2020|
|Logan Pope||College of Charleston | DI||1||2019|
|Claire Campbell||College of Charleston | DI||4||2018|
|Casey Justus||Cornell | DI||2||2018|
|Sydney Pearce||Cumberland University | NAIA||4||2020|
|Emily Chrysogelos||Delaware | DI||7||2021|
|Ade Owokoniran||Duke | DI||5||2018|
|Brianna Wood||East Carolina | DI||3||2018|
|Priscilla Jones||East Carolina | DI||1||2020|
|Ellen Zwikker||Eckerd | DII||2||2021|
|Jo Gower||Elon | DI||8||2019|
|Daisy Eklund||Evangel University | NAIA||2||2018|
|Kalee Vanderhorst||Fayetteville State | DII||3||2018|
|Alyssa Hansen||Francis Marion | DII||4||2018|
|Kayla Arthur||Francis Marion | DII||3||2018|
|Kaeli Braswell||Furman | DI||4||2020|
|Maya Mrus||Furman | DI||8||2020|
|Kayla Hawkins||Gardner-Webb | DI||8||2021|
|Alyah Barkley||Hampton University | DI||1||2018|
|Mack Thornburg||High Point | DI||3||2018|
|Ryleigh Whitekettle||Houston | DI||2||2021|
|Alexis Engelbrecht||Iowa State | DI||3||2020|
|Caroline Dozier||James Madison | DI||6||2019|
|Carson Grace Toomer||Lafayette | DI||2||2021|
|Amaya Williams||Liberty | DI||4||2018|
|Sydney Dowler||Maryland | DI||3||2020|
|Mackenzie Stafford||Meredith | DIII||8||2021|
|Lauren Bissette||Meredith | DIII||5||2020|
|Hailey Long||Meredith | DIII||5||2019|
|Alden Willis||Mississippi State | DI||6||2018|
|Dejare Cumberbatch||Mount Olive | DII||2||2018|
|Shay Hall||NC A&T | DI||1||2018|
|Zoe Dinkins||Newberry | DII||3||2018|
|Taylor Gwynne||Oberlin College | DIII||3||2020|
|Maddi Rudd||Old Dominion | DI||6||2019|
|Blair Jones||Presbyterian | DI||7||2021|
|Sydney Koch||Randolph-Macon | DIII||5||2018|
|Grace Hammond||Rhode Island | DI||2||2021|
|Parker Moody||Roanoke College | DIII||5||2018|
|Abigail Webster||Rowan | DIII||2||2021|
|Cara Newell||Rutgers | DI||5||2021|
|Lily Barnhill||Saint Peter's | DI||2||2021|
|Gabby Brown||South Carolina | DI||4||2019|
|Rachael Stroot||South Carolina Upstate | DI||3||2020|
|Sarah Gasper||Southern Utah | DI||9||2019|
|Kayla Dowler||Southern Utah | DI||2||2019|
|Kayla Spells||Temple | DI||6||2019|
|JaKya Moore||Tennessee | DI||1||2020|
|Destiny Cox||Texas A&M | DI||6||2018|
|Lexy Cole||UNC-Asheville | DI||4||2019|
|Erin Boone||UNC-Chapel Hill | DI||5||2018|
|Kaya Merkler||UNC-Chapel Hill | DI||4||2020|
|Ryan Shannon||UNC-Chapel Hill | DI||6||2018|
|Sydney Rowan||UNC-Charlotte | DI||5||2018|
|Brittany Wood||UNC-Greensboro | DI||5||2019|
|Erin O'Donnell||UNC-Pembroke | DII||2||2019|
|Holly Cornelius||UNC-Wilmington | DI||4||2020|
|Belle Schall||UNC-Wilmington | DI||8||2020|
|Brooke Hanshumaker||UNC-Wilmington | DI||5||2019|
|Altman Griffin||UNC-Wilmington | DI||1||2018|
|Claire Sawyer||UNC-Wilmington | DI||5||2018|
|Grace Youngblood||University of North Florida | DI||6||2018|
|Emily Curtis||Villanova | DI||8||2018|
|Logan Mosley||Virginia Tech | DI||7||2019|
|Cera Powell||Virginia Tech | DI||6||2019|
|Carlee Brooks||Western Carolina | DI||2||2021|
|Vivian Camplin||William Peace | DIII||1||2021|
|Kaiah Parker||Winston Salem State | DII||2||2020|
|Sanaa Lanier||Winston-Salem State | DII||5||2019|
|Madelyn Wilson||Wofford | DI||8||2021|
|Millie Loehr||Wofford | DI||4||2020|
2021 was a record-breaking year for USAV qualifications for Triangle teams with 4 girls and 1 boys team qualifying for the prestigious USAV Junior National Championships. With five qualifications in total, Triangle leads all North Carolina clubs on earning bids at national qualifying events held throughout the season.
Triangle 16U Boys achieved the first-ever USAV qualification for Triangle's boys' program. They won their USA division bid at the Boys' Atlantic Northeastern Tournament in Manheim, PA They will compete for a national championship in Kansas City in late June.
Triangle 16 Blue qualified in the USA division at Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia. The are one of only two girl's teams in North Carolina to qualify in the USA division.
The most competitive division at USAV Junior Nationals is the Open division and Triangle had three (3) teams achieve that honor:
- 15 Black at Big South Qualifier
- 17 Black at Northeast Qualifier
- 14 Black received an At-Large bid based on season performance against the Open field. The Open qualification of 14 Black is the first-ever for any team in North Carolina history.
The USAV Junior Girls' National Championship is held in Las Vegas in late June/early July.
Triangle's 15-year dominance on the national club volleyball scene is evidenced by viewing the entire Carolina Region club history of Open qualifications (see below).
|2021||Triangle 14 Black||1st EVER IN NC||14 - Open|
|2021||Triangle 15 Black||15 - Open|
|2021||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2021||Academy 17 Diamond||17 - Open|
|2021||CUVC 18 Premier||18 - Open|
|2019||Triangle 13 Black||1st EVER IN NC||13 - Open|
|2019||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2018||Triangle 16 Black||16 - Open|
|2018||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2017||Triangle 15 Black||15 - Open|
|2017||Triangle 16 Black||1st EVER IN NC||16 - Open|
|2017||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2016||Triangle 15 Black||15 - Open|
|2016||CJV 17-1||17 - Open|
|2016||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2015||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2015||Triangle 18 Black||18 - Open|
|2013||Triangle 18 Black||18 - Open|
|2012||Triangle 17 Black||17 - Open|
|2012||Triangle 18 Black||18 - Open|
|2011||Triangle 18 Black||18 - Open|
|2010||Triangle 18 Black||18 - Open|
|2009||ECJVC 17's||17 - Open|
|2008||Triangle 15 Black||1st EVER IN NC||15 - Open|
|2008||PTVC-Piedmont 18's||18 - Open|
|2006||Triangle 18 Kaepa||1st EVER IN NC||18 - Open|
June 13, 2021: In a continuation of what has already been a remarkable season, Triangle brings home three championships at two different pre-national events.
In Louisville at the JVA World Challenge both 15 Black and 17 Black saw tremendous success. 15 Black, went undefeated and only dropped one set over the three-day event to capture the championship. In the final, Triangle 15 Black handed Team Pineapple their only loss in the event with a solid performance and two-set win. 17 Black finished T13/36 with a record of 4-4 on the weekend with tight losses to teams nationally ranked in the top 15.
Meanwhile in Virginia at MAPL Hampton, twelve Triangle teams competed in one of three mixed age level divisions over the two-day weekend. Both Triangle 14 Blue and Triangle 15 Blue secured the Red (13-14s) and Blue (14-16s) division championships respectively. Both teams were undefeated with 14 Blue dropping only 2 sets and 15 Blue only 1 throughout the event. Other notable finishes by Triangle at MAPL Hampton include: BLACK division: 16 Black T5/36 and 17 Blue T7/36; BLUE division: 14 Black 3rd/36; 15 White T13/36 and 16 White T13/36; RED division: 13 Black 7th/21 and 14 White 10/21.
All Triangle national teams will compete in National Championships, AAU (Orlando) or USAV (Vegas), later this month.