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Tradition of Excellence

East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club, Inc. (EVJ Volleyball) started in January of 1990. The 2017-18 club season will mark our 29th season! We started with one team in 1990. Last club season we had 35 girls and boys teams between our Tempe and Gilbert locations and our beach program trained 26 players.  EVJ is proud to have assisted 15 class of 2017 athletes in earning scholarships to play at the collegiate level. 

The following information can be found on this page:

  • College Bound Athletes
  • History of Success
  • EVJ in the Hall of Fame

COLLEGE BOUND ATHLETES

We are very proud of the more than 260 EVJ athletes that have gone on to play collegiately.  In 2017, 15 EVJ athletes went on to play at the next level.  The class of 2016 was our biggest class ever with 20 athletes moving on to play volleyball at the collegiate level. Our alumni are a source of inspiration for current and future EVJ players. We encourage our players to use this list as a valuable resource in their college selection process. Due to the vast number of athletes who have gone on to play in college over the past 29 years we have compiled the list in a .pdf file (found below, list continues to be procured).

If you are an EVJ alumni but you are not on this list, or if we are missing or have incorrect information about you please email Rich Leo with the details.

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Click on the document below to see a partial list of EVJ Alumni through the years.


Calling on all EVJ Alumni, email EVJ Info with any information you have from when you played, info on national tournament or AZ Region finishes, etc.

History of Success

Girls Club
EVJ has been training Arizona's future since 1990.  We are proud of our accomplishments over the past two and a half decades.  Below is a summary of our successes over the past nine years.  We continue to procure the previous 18 years of results and will update this summary accordingly.

Our amazing young athletes and coaches make us proud every year as they work so hard to uphold the quest to continue EVJ's Tradition of Excellence.


2013-14 USAV Junior Girls National Champions
14-National Division, EVJ 14-Mizuno

Top Row L-R:  Asst. Coach-Marina Mercer -- Tatum Rohme -- Ryann Davis -- Darian Clark -- Kayla Matthews -- Club Director-Jen Leo
Bottom Row L-R:  Courtney Dyer -- Sayler Butters -- Gabby Leo -- Emily Cockell -- Sierra Guyton
Not Pictured:  Head Coach-Kelsey Thomsen -- Lexi Johnson

2006-2017 Compilation

2006-17 Junior National Qualifier Tournaments (79 Top 10 Finishes)
- Forty (40) Bids earned to the USAV Girls Junior National Championships

2006-17 USAV Girls Junior National Championships (40 bids)
- Two (2) Gold Medals, National Champions (1-National Division, 1-Patriot Division)
- Three (3) Silver Medals, National Champion Runners-Up (1-Open Division, 1-National Division, 1-USA Division)
- Two (2) Bronze Medals, 3rd Place Finish
- Three (3) 5th Place finishes
- One (1) 7th Place finish

- One (1) 10th Place finish

2006-17 Arizona Region Championships (58 Top 10 Finishes)
- Five (5) Region Championships
- Nine (9) 2nd Place Finishes
- Thirteen (13) 3rd Place Finishes
- Fourteen (14) 4th Place Finishes
- Seven (7) 5th Place Finishes
- Five (5) 6th Place Finishes
- Two (2) 7th Place Finishes
- One (1) 8th Place Finish
- Two (2) 9th Place Finishes

2006-17 Multi-Day, Non-Qualifying Tournaments (53 Top 10 Finishes)
- Nine (9) - Gold Medals, 1st Place
- Four (4) - Silver Medals, 2nd Place
- Ten (10) - Bronze Medals, 3rd Place
- Five (5) - 4th Place Finishes
- Fourteen (14) - 5th Place Finishes
- One (1) - 6th Place Finish
- Four (4) - 7th Place Finishes
- Two (2) - 8th Place Finishes
- Two (2) - 9th Place Finishes
- Two
 (2) - 10th Place Finishes

EVJ IN THE HALL OF FAME

The list below contains current and former EVJ players, coaches and administrators who have been bestowed the highest athletic honor an athlete can receive by being inducted into their institutions HALL OF FAME!  We are honored to be associated with such an incredible group of people.  They are all amazing role models and mentors for the young athletes who come through EVJ's volleyball program. This group of Hall of Famers played a major role in creating EVJ's Tradition of Excellence and we thank them for their past, current and future contributions! 

Jen (Helfrich) Leo, EVJ Club Director, Coach
Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ - Hall of Fame Class of 2013

(Link to CdS Hall of Fame) 
(First student-athlete ever inducted into the school's Hall of Fame)

Patti Snyder-Park's 1981 Volleyball Team, EVJ Consultant, Coach
Portland State University, Portland, OR - Hall of Fame Class of 2014

(Link to PSU Hall of Fame)

Steve Crook, EVJ Coach
Mesa City Sports, Mesa, AZ - Hall of Fame Class of 2014

(Link to MPS Hall of Fame Inductee List)

Alaina Bergsma, EVJ Player, Coach
Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, Chandler, AZ - Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Deanna Anglin, EVJ Founder, Coach
Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, Chandler, AZ - Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Courtney (Blocher) Landers, EVJ Player, Coach
Chandler Sports Hall of Fame, Chandler, AZ - Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Kim (Turner) Howard, EVJ Player
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Anna Gott, EVJ Player
Desert Vista High School, Phoenix, AZ, Hall of Fame Class of 2014

1999 Valley Christian HS Volleyball Team, EVJ Players, Coaches
Chandler Sports Hall of FameChandler, AZ - Hall of Fame Class of 2011
Cheryl (Anglin) Simmons

Natalie (Harris) Bohls
Kim Mehlorn
Tiffany (Pedersen) Berge

Courtney (Blocher) Landers
Stacy (Schugg) Sabori