August 23, 2019 | Raleigh, NC - Triangle Volleyball Club is excited to announce that Jeff Wismer will join Triangle’s administrative team this September as an Assistant Director.
Wismer has coached both junior girls’ and boys’ club volleyball and has, in total, over 22 years of coaching experience at the collegiate (D1, D3, NAIA), club, and scholastic prep levels. He also has extensive club management experience serving over 13 years in leadership positions at several nationally prominent junior clubs. Additionally, Wismer is well-respected as an innovative leader in the junior club volleyball community having served three years on the Junior Volleyball Association’s [JVA] Board of Directors and another three years as the Keystone Region’s [USAV] Coaches Representative.
“Jeff brings a wealth of experience at all levels of sport to Triangle. In addition to coaching at the collegiate and Open club levels his club management experience will make him a key contributor to the advancement of Triangle’s mission in our new Wake Competition Center [WCC] facility,” stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle’s Executive Director.
Most recently, Wismer served as the Advancement Coordinator at East Coast Power where he led program development efforts designed to enhance player training and support the development of East Coast Power’s coaching staff. In this role he also worked to create and grow large tournament events.
Prior to East Coast Power Wismer spent eight years at Alliance Volleyball Club in Nashville. It was in 2013 that Wismer left collegiate coaching after concluding 12 years as a collegiate first assistant [Lipscomb, Belmont, Villanova, Taylor, Eastern Universities, and Gwynedd-Mercy and Messiah Colleges] to become the full-time Executive Director of Alliance. Wismer served in that role until 2018 when he returned to his roots in the Philadelphia area and joined East Coast Power. While at Alliance, Wismer, supervised their 12-court facility and managed a staff with more than 90 coaches. He simultaneously coached alongside his administrative duties and in 2018 led Alliance 18-1 to a USAV National Championship in the National division.
Wismer’s early coaching career kicked off while he was a special education teacher working with troubled teens in the Philadelphia area. During that time Wismer worked extensively to grow and develop the boys’ game both at the high school and junior club levels. He founded and led two boys’ junior club programs, Central Bucks Volleyball and Buxmont Volleyball Club. Under Wismer’s direction Buxmont 17s and 18s teams became one of the premier boys’ teams in the Philly area.
When Wismer decided to leave the teaching profession in 2008 to pursue coaching at the next level he joined the staff at Munciana, while also assisting at Taylor University [NAIA]. At Munciana he coached “Muncie’s” 17-1 team who achieved top 20 Open finishes at both AAU and JVA National Championships. Since that time Wismer has achieved Open level success on the court qualifying Open USAV nationals in 2012 with Alliance 16-1 and finishing 13th in the national championship. In 2016, his Alliance 15-1 finished T5 at AAU Jr. Nationals in 15 Open.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jeff, his wife Andrea and son Noah (3) to Triangle,” added Fadool. “Jeff is a great fit with our community and he shares a deep commitment to our mission and culture. I have no doubt that he will add tremendous value and energy to our junior girls’ and boys’ programs. I also have every confidence that his knowledge and efforts will serve to grow our well-respected camp, clinic and league programming as we look to continue to grow volleyball at the WCC.”
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After two narrow qualification misses at Sunshine Volleyball Showcase (4th place) and Big South National Qualifier (3rd place) Triangle 13 Black learned of their 'at-large' qualification for USAV Girls' Junior National Championships. The Open division is the highest level of competition at USAV nationals and 13 Black is among only 24 teams nationally earning bids through the qualifier process.
The members of Triangle 13 Black are: Avery Booker, Erin Curtis, Teagan Hogan, Julianna Horta, Suna Merkler, Sydney Muffler, Belle Patrick, Sally Perez, Jordan Smart, and Asia Thigpen. The team is coached by Jason Curtis, Camden Spade '11 and Britni Johnson '14.
April 8, 2019
For the 6th time in the past seven years Triangle has qualified 17 Black for the Open division at USA Volleyball's Girls' Junior National Championships. Triangle earned it's Open qualification at The Big South National Qualifier in Atlanta held April 6-8. The bid places Triangle 17 Black in a field of 36 Open qualified teams representing the strongest teams in their age level competing in girls' junior club volleyball nationwide. The latest rankings from PrepVolleyball.com (March 28, 2019) have Triangle 17 Black ranked as the 9th best in the country.
Triangle 17 Black will compete for a national title in Indianapolis, July 2-5, 2019.
The members of Triangle 17 Black are (Top Row, L to R): Priscilla Jones (Green Hope HS), Jade Demps (Broughton HS), Kaya Merkler (Chapel Hill Hs), Alexis Engelbrecht (Green Hope HS), and Sydney Dowler (Green Hope HS) and [Bottom Row, L to R]: Alli Grant Avery (Arendell Parrot Academy), Taylor Thomason (North Raleigh Christian Academy), Destinee Dorsey (Carrboro HS), JaKya Moore (Enloe HS).
March 19, 2019:
18 Black headed to Baltimore to compete in the Northeast Qualifier seeking an Open division bid to the USAV 18s Girls Junior National Championships. With the Open division being the most competitive and full of some of the best teams in the country qualifying would be no small feat. 18 Black were one setter down heading into the event and unfortunately on day 1 their only remaining 'true' setter was taken out by a concussion. The team fought through day 2 to land in the Silver bracket on the final day of competition. With three total bids to award and three previously qualified teams in Gold, 18 Black was still in line to earn a bid. To do so would require them to defeat Paramount (a 3-set MAPL loss for 18 Black earlier this season). With one of the team's liberos and an outside hitter setting a 6-2 they took the court. The lineup had numerous players in different positions than typical - they had a middle playing 6 rotations and lost a primary passer to the role of setter. Without question the odds were stacked against 18 Black, but they jumped on court determined to give it their all. When the final whistle blew, they had battled through three sets to win against a powerful Paramount team (25-22, 22-25, 15-12). They had qualified, but this crew decided that wasn't enough. In the Silver bracket final the match up was a weary but determined band of eight against EC Power 18-Royal (ranked 68th nationally vs. 73rd for Triangle). After dropping the first set, Triangle battled back to get the second and third sets (21-25, 25-22, 15-12) and finish in fifth place overall.
Triangle 18 Black will play for a national championship in Dallas in late April.
The members of 18 Black are [Top Row, L to R]: Kayla Spells (NC School of Science & Math), Lexi Cole (Jack Britt HS), Cera Powell (Northwood HS), Logan Pope (East Chapel Hill HS), Brooke Hanshumaker (Apex HS) and Coach Jim Freeman and [Bottom Row, L to R]: Coach Keisha Demps, Jordan Gower (Leesville Road HS), Logan Mosley (Cary Christian School), and Brittany Wood (Broughton HS). Not shown: Skylar Buckley (North Raleigh Christian Academy)
Former Triangle athlete Antonia “Nia” Kearney (Class of 2018) suffered a spinal cord injury that has taken her from the Neuro ICU at UNC Hospital to the renowned Shepherd Center in Atlanta. On Thursday, May 2, Nia developed a pain in her neck that progressed throughout the day and led to her losing sensation and use of her arms and legs. Upon further testing, doctors discovered that she has suffered from a blood clot on her spinal cord, leaving her confined to a hospital bed and unable to breathe on her own. To give her the best care and best chance at recovery, Nia was moved to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on May 22 where she will stay at least until the end of the summer.
Those who know Nia love her for her kind heart, contagious spirit, and tenacity on the court. A member of the Howard University volleyball team, Nia helped her team to the MEAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Choosing to return home, she has been juggling two jobs and classes at Wake Tech, both of which had to be put on hold due to these recent events.
She’s attacked her situation with as much optimism and open mindedness as one can, inspiring friends, family, and doctors alike. A favorite nurse of Nia’s recently likened Nia’s ferocity in the face of such great adversity to that of the bumble bee. By all calculations and scientific measurements, bumble bees should not be able to fly since its wings are considered too small to support the weight of its body; but, bees fly anyway. As things got harder and the move from North Carolina came to be the best plan, she told Nia, “Nothing is impossible as long as you have will.”
With this newfound will, Nia has made great strides. She’s regained movement of her fingers and toes and is optimistic that regaining the ability to breathe on her own is the next step. Still, she has a long way to go. Following a nearly 3-week stay in the UNC Neuro ICU and adjusting to a demanding recovery program away from home in Atlanta, we want Nia and her family’s focus to be solely on her progress.
Please join us for our Nia Strong 4v4 Tournament on Saturday, June 15, 6-10pm, at Triangle Volleyball Club (new location at the WCC). We will have an evening full of great volleyball, food, and community. ALL ages are strongly encouraged to attend and all proceeds collected will go directly to the Kearney family. Tournament details are below and we hope parents of former vball players won’t shy away from the Adult recreational division.
Donations including items for our raffle will be graciously accepted.
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Updates on Nia’s progress are posted on Nia’s Go Fund Me page.
We will have multiple age-level and competitive divisions. Final divisions/format will be guided by the number of participating teams and the competitive level. Check out all the details below. For additional information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 15, 6-10pm
LOCATION: Triangle Volleyball Club at the WCC. 121 Competition Center Drive, Morrisville, NC 27560
WHO: anyone who wants to play volleyball to support Nia. Teams can be female or Co-ed* only.
TEAM SIZE: 4-6 players, 5 recommended (1 sub)
ENTRY FEE: $25 per player. Each player will need to register independently. REGISTER HERE. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 11th.
- Middle School (5th-8th grade) Competitive & Recreational
- High School (9th-12th grade) Competitive & Recreational
- Adult (no longer in high school) Competitive & Recreational
FORMAT: the number of matches and playing format will truly depend on the number of teams participating
SCHEDULE will be released no later than Friday, June 14 but please plan on arriving at 5:45pm on Saturday for opening ceremony
SPECIAL RULES: male players are only able to attack from behind the 10' line. *There must be at least one female on the court at all times.
AWARDS/PRIZES will be given to top finishers in each division.