Pass. Set. Spike. Kill. The Montverde Academy volleyball season is well underway! Coach Rachel Adams has a deep passion for the game and her players that is evident on and off the court. Montverde Academy students in each division have the opportunity to participate, whether through a team or in the club program.
With the establishment of the off-season club program, volleyball is soaring to new heights at Montverde Academy. Overall the program enjoyed a solid season last year and Coach Adams is looking forward to improving upon that. The indoor season started off in August, and teams are well into their regular season schedules.
Varsity is off to a good start and currently have a 5-4 record. They entered the Winter Park Classic with a record of 3-1, went undefeated in the first two rounds, before two starters were injured in third round play. This slowed them down a bit, but the Eagles hope to regain their strength and come back strong after an off week. The junior varsity team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0 as they head into a match against Windermere Prep. The middle school team is also enjoying an undefeated season (4-0) with a big win against St. Barnabas at home last week. It’s evident that the training offered to students in all divisions is paying off as this is the first season for our middle school and junior varsity teams to experience such great success so early on!
“I love using volleyball as a mechanism to teach other aspects, such as grit, teamwork, leadership, and a work ethic, that help build the whole student-athlete,” said Coach Adams. “I enjoy coaching the different levels from the younger players who are learning the basics to the focused, highly competitive player who has sights set on playing in college. I’m passionate about the sport and I love sharing that with players of all ages and abilities in the coaching process.”
The MVA annual Volleyball Classic will be hosted on September 28-29, with the first set of games starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday games beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Nest. The tournament will feature eight local and regional teams which are: Deland High School, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Lake Minneola High School, Lyman High School, Montverde Academy, St. Cloud High School, Southlake High School, and Windermere Prep.
In addition to our indoor programs, Montverde Academy is one of the few schools in Florida with a beach volleyball program. Beach volleyball’s season begins in January and after last season’s 10-1 record, they are ready for a challenging season.
There is also Elite Volleyball Prep (EVP), Montverde Academy’s off-season club program. EVP offers players small group training on the beach and indoor volleyball courts. This program provides individual development and competitive travel team play to keep skills sharp all year long. Volleyball continues to grow in popularity and Montverde Academy’s program looks forward to growing right along with it.
“We have tripled the number of players earning scholarships to play volleyball in college, that’s something I’m very proud of. Students who work hard and are dedicated and passionate about the game, can earn chances to compete at USA National Championship, AAU Nations, or simply go to a great school and continue playing a game they love,” said Coach Adams.