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Welcome to the all new Columbia Volleyball Academy!

The all new Columbia Volleyball Academy offers a training environment unlike anything that you will find in Maryland.  Are you up for the challenge?  CVA will inspire you.  It will push you.  Come and be a part of our Academy style training.  Develop your mind, body and athletic spirit under the guidance of our dedicated staff of elite coaches. 

 

18's Coaches to be Announced Next Week!

Madison Peters- Head Coach Columbia 17 Red

An Arizona native, Peters began her career at Westview High School in Avondale as a three-year varsity player. She led the Knights to two playoff appearances and was named second team all-region in 2012 and first team in 2013. 

Peters played collegiately at Benedictine University at Mesa in Mesa. She was a part of the first women’s volleyball team at Benedictine. During the first playoff-eligibie season for the program in 2016, Peters helped hte team to a Cal Pac Conference championship appearance. She was tabbed as a captain her senior season, leading the Redhawks on a six-match conference winning streak before coming up just one game shy of back-to-back playoff appearances.

Peters also played beach volleyball for the Redhawks as a senior. As a captain for beach season, Peters and her partner started the year upsetting the NCAA Division I defending indoor national champions, University of Nebraska. Peters and her partner also contributed to the program's first-ever win over a NCAA Division I team, defeating Abilene Christian University.

During her collegiate career, Peters coached club volleyball for Ignite Volleyball Club as an assistant coach and head coach from 2015-2017. She was also a head coach for East Valley Juniors for the 2018 club season.

Peters graduated with a bachelor of business administration of organization behavior and concentrated in human resources.

This will be her second season as a Columbia Volleyball coach. 

Elayna Williams- Columbia 17 Red Assistant Coach

Elayna Williams is from Ellicott City, Maryland. She spent her entire club career playing for Columbia from age 11 to 17. Elayna attended Mount Hebron High School, where she was named First Team All-County by the Howard County Times in 2015. In 2016, Elayna was named Player of the Year in Howard County, named First Team All-County by the Howard County Times and First Team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun. Elayna is currently attending and playing volleyball at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, obtaining a BS in Mechanical Engineering. 

Casey Giovanazzi- Columbia 16 Black Head Coach

Casey has spent her life in a gym, but started her career with Columbia on the 12’s team back in 2004. Casey stayed with  Columbia for the duration of her club experience. She spent the majority of her club experience playing for her father, Greg Giovanazzi, but also played and learned from  club coaches Mike Bossom, Laura Kuckuda, and Kenny Mills. Casey attended Catonsville High School where she played for Amanda Kaufman on the varsity team for all 4 years. Casey was named second team all-county her freshman year and first-team all-county  her sophomore, junior, and senior year. Casey was named MVP of her high school team her junior and senior year. In addition she was placed on the all-metro team during her senior season. Casey was captain of all 6 of her club teams at Columbia and was captain for 2 of her 4 years at Catonsville. Casey started her colligate career at the University of North Florida where she played both Indoor and Beach volleyball.  As a freshman she was captain of her team and was named to the all-freshman team. Casey’s father passed away in March of 2012 and Casey returned home after a sophomore season at UNF to be closer to her mother. Casey spent her Junior year season playing at Towson University. Casey finished her career by playing her senior season for her “Aunt” Caren Kemner at Culver Stockton College in Missouri. Casey is thrilled to be back with the Columbia family for her 3rd season.

JESSICA TURNER- Columbia 16 Black Assistant Coach

Jessica started playing HCYP volleyball in 2002 when she was 9.  She started playing for Columbia in 2004 and finished her club career in 2011.  Jessica attended Wilde Lake High School on the varsity team for all 4 years.  She was named team captain her junior and senior year and named MVP her sophomore and junior year.  In her junior year, she received the Howard County "Good Sports Award" in appreciation of her outstanding sportsmanship and commitment to community sports.  Jessica attended Howard Community College for her first two years after high school in 2011.  In the first year playing for the HCC Dragons, she was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and in her second year, her team won Regionals and attended nationals in Minnesota.  Last year was Jessica's second year coaching for Columbia and she can't wait to continue to help her players grow, as well as learn from them!

Ashley Weik- Columbia 15 Red Head Coach

Ashley is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she began her volleyball career under the tutelage of coach Tom Turco, the 2008 AVCA and 2012 NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year. During her high school career, Ashley was a member of the team that earned accolades as the 2008 and 2009 Old Colony Champions, 2008 South Sectional Champions, and the 2008 Division I State Champions. During her club years, Ashley played multiple seasons for Cape Cod Juniors in addition to playing for Pilgrim Volleyball Club. After high school, Ashley continued her volleyball career playing for Bridgewater College, a Division III school in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, where she was a Defensive Specialist. Ashley has experience coaching numerous high school level skills camps and has coached at the 15s, 16s, and 17s levels for club – most recently serving as Assistant Coach for the MDJRS 17 Elite Black team for the 2019 season. Ashley is excited to begin the next chapter in her coaching career as the Head Coach for the 2020  Columbia Volleyball Academy 15-1 team!

Chelsea Owensby-COLUMBIA 15 RED ASSISTANT COACH

Chelsea was born in Arizona but considers Maryland her home. She resides in Howard County. She began her volleyball career at Columbia Volleyball starting with the 12s and continued to play there for 7 years as well as one year at Bay Area Volleyball Academy. Her experience playing at Columbia included a season being coached by Greg Giovanazzi. That season she was part of a team that was one of the best in the state. For high school, she went to Mount de Sales Academy and set for the Varsity team since her freshman year. The team was the IAAM ‘A’ Conference champions in 2009 & 2010 and were finalists in 2011. She was selected for the Baltimore Sun AllMetro 1st team in 2011 and 2012 as well as IAAM All-Star team her sophomore, junior, and senior year. After graduating high school in 2013, Chelsea continued her playing career at Bridgewater College, a Division III school in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference for two seasons. Her freshman year they reached the finals of the conference championships. She was a Defensive Specialist. Chelsea has grown up around volleyball since she was little and has always had and shown a passion for teaching the game to others. She looks forward to instilling the same passion of the game to her team as well as coaching the girls to be the best they can be on and off the court. Chelsea was previously the assistant coach for the 17 Elite Black team at Maryland Juniors. She has also helped out and coached many camps for high school level players. Chelsea is excited to be the Assistant Coach for the 15-1 team!

Lynn Paynter- Head Coach Columbia 14 Black

Lynn Paynter is the current Head Coach at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland, and has been coaching at Columbia Volleyball Academy for more than 10 years! She brings a wealth of knowledge, and experience to our coaching staff while also drawing from her collegiate volleyball experience at William and Mary University. She has guided numerous club teams to regional championships, and USAV Open National bids during her time at Columbia as well as multiple county, regional, and state final appearances at the high school level. She is excited to begin her team with Columbia under the new leadership, and she looks forward to many more successful seasons to come! 

 

Isabel Paci- Assistant Coach Columbia 14 Black

Isabel Paci is excited to begin her first season coaching with Columbia Volleyball Academy! Isabel spent 6 years as an elite club volleyball player with Columbia, while also garnering several accolades during her high school career at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland. She was a Second Team All-County Selection her junior season, and then was a First Team All-Metro and First Team All County selection her senior year while also leading her team to a Maryland State 3ARunner-Up title. She is currently a Senior at McDaniel College where she plays on their collegiate team as an outside hitter, and she is majoring in Kinesiology. Isabel looks forward to this coming season, and many more to come! 

Carrie Flint- Columbia 13 Red Head Coach

Coach Carrie is excited to begin her third season with the all new CVA and her second season as the Head Coach for the 13-1 team. Previously, she coached the 12-1  team which earned a bid to the 2018 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships in Detroit. Carrie has been involved with the sport of volleyball for nearly 40 years in various capacities including player, coach, and parent. Carrie’s love for the sport began in high school and continues to this day. She has played at various levels including Women’s AA/A/BB USAV (formerly USVBA), indoor women’s teams, and indoor/outdoor coed teams across many leagues in Maryland. Carrie spent several years coaching HCYP and HCRP youth teams, including U12, U14, and high school ages. From 2007-2013, Carrie was a member of the Columbia Board serving as the Treasurer for five years and a Team Representative for seven years when one of her three daughters played for Columbia Volleyball. 

HOLLY HYNSON-COLUMBIA 13 RED ASSISTANT COACH

Holly took up the sport of volleyball at the age of 10 and never looked back. She played club volleyball for 5 years during middle and high school, including two years with Columbia on the 15U Typhoon and 16U Thunder teams. After playing varsity volleyball for Mount Hebron High School, Holly went on to play NCAA Division III volleyball at Muhlenberg College as an outside hitter. As captain of the Mules, Holly led her team to the Centennial Conference finals in both 2013 and 2014. She was also named to the conference honor roll 3 times and named Centennial Conference Player of the Week. Holly is currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park where she is working on her doctorate in women’s history. Holly is super excited to be returning for her second season with the all new Columbia Volleyball Academy!

Staci Paige- Columbia 12 Red Head Coach

This is Staci’s fifth year as a head coach with the club. Staci has coached successful teams at  the 12U, 13U and 14U levels. Staci played for CCBC Catonsville in 2001-02 (Maryland JUCO Region XX champions). In addition she was an assistant coach at Long Reach High School for two years. Currently, Staci works full-time as a Health Insurance Specialist at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Staci is excited to be returning and can't wait to start training motivated athletes!

Jamie Frank- Columbia 12 Red Assistant Coach

Jamie started playing volleyball at the recreational level when she was 10 years old and from there moved on to play club for the Columbia Volleyball  14U Cardinals and continued on to finish on the 18U Comets. After playing varsity volleyball for 4 years at Atholton High School, Jamie went on to play NCAA Division III volleyball at Frostburg State University as a libero in 2010. While at Frostburg, the Bobcats hosted the NCAA Volleyball Regional Tournament in 2010 making it to the ­regional championship. She graduated from Frostburg with a bachelors in athletic training and was later certified as an athletic trainer. After Frostburg, Jamie took a pause from volleyball for a few years while attending graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine seeking her doctorate in physical therapy which she successfully obtained in May 2017. She couldn’t stay away from the volleyball world for long and was soon back with Columbia Volleyball as an assistant coach on the 14U Cardinals (2017 ) starting her coaching career right where she started playing years before. Jamie went on to head coach the Columbia 15U Typhoon (2018 ) and 13U Hawks (2019 ) as well as the freshman volleyball team at Atholton High school (2017). Jamie is currently a practicing physical therapist in the Anne Arundel County Public School System.

Rob Moy- Columbia 12 Black Head Coach

Coach Moy began coaching many years ago with Wilde Lake High School at the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. He then took a brief three-year hiatus from coaching before he applied for the Freshmen Volleyball Coach vacancy at Centennial High School. He served as CHS Freshmen coach for nine years before taking the JV coaching position for two years. Rob spent the 2012 season away from the high school scene and assisted at Goucher College. Coach Moy then took the helm as Varsity head coach to help rebuild the Atholton High School Volleyball Program from 2013-2017.  In 2016 AHS won the 3A State Championship and 2017 the Raiders were Howard County Volleyball Champions and 3A State Semi-finalist.  Coach Moy transitioned to take the Junior Varsity position at AHS in 2018 where he continues to help build their program.  Coach Moy has played USAV volleyball at the B and BB levels (when it was “USVBA”) and is Impact certified by the USAV. Coach Moy has been with Columbia Volleyball since 2001. This upcoming season will mark his 20th season of coaching with the all new CVA.

Alison Mariano- Columbia 12 Black Assistant Coach

Alison played club volleyball for 6 years during middle and high school and played 3 of those years with Columbia. She also played varsity volleyball for 4 years while she was attending River Hill High School. She currently works at Harper’s Choice Middle School teaching math and science. Alison has coached Freshman Volleyball at Oakland Mills High school for the past three seasons and looks forward to coaching the varsity team in the 2019 fall season. Alison has both assisted and head coached the 16-2s and is excited to return to Columbia for her 3rd season with the 12s team. 

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Volleyball Elite with CVC Elite 

This camp is designed to bring you to your highest level in volleyball as an individual and as a team. The focus is on individual skill and quickly advances to team play. You are grouped according to ability and experience. Coaches strive to challenge and help improve your play in a positive and motivating atmosphere with an emphasis on teamwork. Developing the mechanics, the right moves, and execution are emphasized. CVC coaches and alumni provide instruction. Fee includes T-shirt.

14-18 yrs Elite Days: 4

Two years of club experience is recommended for the Elite sections.

RP7893.412 Meadowbrook Ath Comp Jul 8 9am-4pm M-Th $270

 

CVA Teams Win!

Congratulations to all of our hard working and talented athletes!

  • Falcons Win Gold! The Columbia Falcons won Gold at the FVBC Invitational!
  • Eclipse Wins Silver! Columbia Eclipse wins the Silver medal in the Gold bracket!
  • Condors Take Silver! Columbia Condors take the Silver medal in the Gold bracket!
  • Condors win Gold! Condors take the Gold at MD Jrs!
  • Falcons Win at CHC! Falcons take 3rd at Cap Hill Classic!
  • Comets Win in Gold! Comets Take 2nd in Gold Bracket!
  • Eagles win in Silver! Gold in the Silver bracket!
  • Condors Win it All! Condors take Gold in OC!
  • Eagles Strike Gold! The Eagles Take it all at BAVA!
  • Condors Win at MAPL! The Condors Take Gold at MAPL!
  • Cardinals Win at Regionals! Cardinals Take Gold in Their Bracket at Regionals!
  • Typhoon Take Gold! Typhoon Win Gold at Regionals!
  • Typhoon Win Silver! Typhoon Take Silver at MDJrs!
  • Eagles Go Undefeated! Unstoppable Eagles Take the Gold!
  • Eclipse Win it All! Eclipse take the Gold at Vienna Elite!
  • Condors win Gold at BOE! The Condors take the Gold in the Bronze division!
  • Typhoon take the Gold! Typhoon take the top prize in the Bronze bracket!

New Technical Director/Head Coach - Michael Rainbow!

We are pleased to announce Michael Rainbow as our new Head Coach/Technical Director! 

Michael Rainbow has spent the past season with Virginia Elite as the Setting Technical Lead & 17 National Head Coach after most recently coaching the 18 National Teams at both Maryland Juniors (2017), and Columbia Volleyball Club (2012-2017). Michael hails from Wilmington, Delaware and was a High School & Collegiate Volleyball player. He began coaching in 2000 at the club level, and continued on to coach at the high school and collegiate levels.

Michael has coached players to All-American accolades at the college level, and numerous recognitions within the state, conference & county levels. He has had his players recruited to colleges such as University of Tennessee, UMBC, Quinnipiac, Bucknell, Clarion University, Delaware State, Liberty, Wilmington University, Holy Family, LaSalle, and Shepherd University. Currently he teaches and served as the Head Coach at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, MD from 2013-2018 where he was named 2014 & 2015 Carroll County Times Coach of the Year while winning back to back conference championships and a Regional Championship in 2015, and before that at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville. He is also the founder and Head Coach of M2 Volleyball Training based in Jessup, Maryland (www.m2volleyballmd.com), and continues to be a guest coach at collegiate camps and clinics around the county. Michael is an AVCA member, CAP 1 Certified, IMPACT, and First Aid & CPR/AED certified.

Please join us in congratulating Michael and wishing him much success in his new role. We are excited for the evolution of our club under his direction and leadership.

Columbia Volleyball Academy

Columbia Volleyball Academy is a not‑for‑profit organization of volleyball enthusiasts including student athletes, coaches, referees, adult helpers and parents from more than 200 families. Participating student‑athletes are girls ages 9 to 18. While based in Howard County, Maryland, we typically have players from more than a dozen high schools and several middle and elementary schools in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.

Our Mission

Columbia Volleyball Academy provides athletes with high-level technical skills training and tactical instruction in a positive learning environment that fosters personal growth and development and a passion for the game of volleyball.

Columbia Volleyball Academy is committed to ensuring that every CVA athlete has a positive experience that fuels their love of volleyball and competition. We focus on the process over outcomes and developing a growth mindset.  In other words, our top priority is always striving to improve and give each athlete the feedback and tools to help them improve as a volleyball athlete and person every day.  While we do provide our athletes with the highest caliber of volleyball training, it is equally important that athletes learn life lessons that will stay with them long after their volleyball career comes to an end. Our coaches are mentors, role models, and above all, teachers.  We teach our athletes the game of volleyball including all aspects of skills training, tactical knowledge, and match strategies.  Additionally, we teach our athletes to be disciplined, compete and train at full effort, be a positive and supportive teammate, be a problem solver, push beyond their comfort zone, and compete with confidence and enthusiasm.  Above all we teach and expect all of our athletes and coaches to conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity and character.  Winning matches is far less important than competing with character, being honest, ethical, and kind, and respecting everyone and everything we encounter along with this wonderful sport we all love. That is the ultimate win.

We expect both our athletes and our coaches to constantly find ways to improve and grow. Our coaches get together at least once a month to discuss training methods and techniques and share their successes with their teams so that we can learn from one another. Columbia Volleyball Academy’s Technical Director trains and works with every coach on staff to ensure that each team is receiving the same high-level coaching and to create continuity between all of our teams and age groups.

Columbia Volleyball Academy limits the number of teams at each age level to allow us to focus our organizational abilities and maintain our attention to detail, providing the highest quality club volleyball experience possible.  CVA can then ensure that every team has extraordinary coaches.  We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of coaches upon whom our athletes can rely on for instruction, guidance, and support.

Columbia Volleyball Academy teams are formed with the goal of creating nationally competitive teams at every age group and work throughout the season to qualify for the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships or the AAU National Championships.  We expect a high level of commitment from everyone involved with Columbia Volleyball Academy and seek athletes who want to put in the time and work necessary to be the best volleyball player they can be.  Our staff and coaches share that commitment and work tirelessly to build highly successful teams and athletes.

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