Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Triangle's Class of 2020!!!
Not Shown in picture: Alexis Engelbrecht^, Sydney Dowler^, Colton Fox, Priscilla Jones^, Kaya Merkler^, Matt Miller, Jakya Moore (SA Apprentice Coach), Vimal Pulikkiyil, Mandy Schiltz, Rachel Stroot,Taylor Thomason [^graduated early to attend university]
These 30 athletes have a combined 92 years in a Triangle jersey and have left a lasting legacy on our club.
Graduate | Tri Team | Hometown | High School | College/University
Alli Grant Avery | 18 Black | Greenville | Arendell Parrott Academy | College of Charleston
Lauren Bissette | 18 Black | Fuquay Varina | Fuquay Varina HS | Meredith College
Kaeli Braswell | 18 Blue | Cary | Grace Christian | Furman
Holly Cornelius | 18 Blue | Apex | Apex Friendship HS | UNC Wilimington
Abbey Curtis | 18 Black | Fuquay Varina | Wake Christian Academy | TBD
Sydney Dowler | graduated early | Cary | Green Hope HS | University of Maryland
Alexis Engelbrecht | graduated early | Cary | Green Hope HS | Iowa State University
Colton Fox | 18 Boys - Black | Timberlake | Person HS | Liberty University
Taylor Gwynne | 18 Blue | Chapel Hill | Carrboro HS | Oberlin College
Autumn Hines | 18 Blue | Apex | Summit Academy (homeschooled) | TBD
Payton Jones | 18 Black | Wake Forest | North Raleigh Christian Academy | Lees-McRae
Priscilla Jones | graduated early | Cary | Green Hope HS | East Carolina University
Olivia Leshnock | 18 Blue | Raleigh | St. David's | TBD
Millie Loehr | 18 Black | Durham | Durham Academy | Wofford
Kaya Merkler | graduated early | Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill HS | UNC Chapel Hill
Matt Miller | 18 Boys - Black | Apex | Apex Friendship HS | Florida Institute of Technology
JaKya Moore | SA Apprentice Coach | Knightdale | Enloe HS | University of Tennessee
Maya Mrus | 18 Black | Cary | Cardinal Gibbons HS | Furman
Jordan Nguyen | 18 Boys - Blue | Cary | Wake Early College/Health & Sciences | TBD
Kaiah Parker | 18 Blue | Fayetteville | Jack Britt HS | Western Carolina
Sydney Pearce | 18 Blue | Durham | Riverside | Cumberland University
Vimal Pulikkiyil | 18 Boys - Blue | Cary | Panther Creek HS | TBD
Ryan Rebne | 18 Boys - Black | Raleigh | Millbrook HS | Dartmouth
Belle Schall | 18 Black | Apex | Apex HS | UNC Wilimington
Mandy Schiltz | 18 Blue | Durham | Cardinal Gibbons HS | Caldwell University
Rachael Stroot | 18 Black | Wake Forest | Wake Forest HS | South Carolina Upstate
Taylor Thomason | 18 Black | Wake Forest | North Raleigh Christian Academy | Coastal Carolina
Andy Wang | 18 Boys - Black | Cary | North Carolina School of Science and Math | Columbia
Sarah Wilson | 18 Blue | Raleigh | Wakefield HS | Belmont Abbey College
Courtney Zwikker | 18 Black | Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill HS | Barry University
We are excited for their future and have plans to celebrate with them soon. In the meantime we shared this VIDeoHUG with them
4.3.2020 | On March 12th it became exceedingly clear that the world would never quite be the same as the evolving spread of COVID-19 affected nearly every facet of life in the United States and much of the world. In an effort to provide normalcy for Triangle athletes, to advance their training, and to provide a mechanism for them to remain connected to sport, team and club Triangle F.I.T.T. was created. Released the week of March 16th and consistently since that time, F.I.T.T. has continued with regularity the normal practice schedule and comprehensive elements of Triangle's nationally recognized training program.
On March 18th, PrepVolleyball.com described Triangle F.I.T.T. as the "most extensive approach" in at-home training. The acronym stands for Fitness, IQ, Team, and Technique. Each module is tailored to address the specific needs and level of Triangle's five different training groups. Keep checking that 'inbox' and Stay Safe...Work Hard!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 5.6.20
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.24.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.19.20
Additionally, in compliance with the CDC recommendation to not hold events for the next eight (8) weeks that will have more than 50 people in attendance, we have cancelled our final three Triangle-hosted events
- Carolina Power Events (#1 and #2)
- Triangle Spring Classic
Teams from other clubs entered in these events have already been sent a full refund via mail.
Stay safe and healthy and please continue to take every precaution to not progress this disease in our community.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.14.20
These are uncertain times and we have seen unprecedented and unimaginable actions taken to keep our community and nation from facing an epidemic that threatens to overwhelm our healthcare system. We feel very fortunate that we have not learned of any exposures to Coronavirus within our Triangle community. However, there have been several recent developments that impact our operations. Please read on...
- At 7pm Friday, USA Volleyball announced that “We are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19 coronavirus. In the interest of welfare and safety of our membership, USA Volleyball is eliminating the sanctioning for all USA Volleyball activities (including but not limited to events, practices, individual training sessions or anything covered by USA Volleyball insurance) effective 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 13. This ban on all USA Volleyball sanctioned activities extends through March 31."
- The Carolina Region has reiterated USAV's statement and emphasized that it applies to both indoor and outdoor volleyball activities.
- The NCAA released the following statement at 130pm Friday – “The Council leadership put in place an immediate ban on in-person recruiting for Division I coaches. Additionally, the group advised schools to suspend any official and unofficial visits to campus from prospective student-athletes. This recruiting dead period will be in place until at least April 15, at which time the Division I Council Coordination Committee will evaluate. Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed during dead periods.”
- We have also been informed of the following relating to national qualifying events
- Red Rock Rave (18s Qualifier) has not yet announced cancellation or postponement but should shortly as they are USAV sanctioned.
- Windy City Qualifier in Chicago scheduled for Easter weekend has been cancelled.
- Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia is postponed. There is no information available at this time on possible rescheduling.
- Big South Qualifier has made no new announcements. The last communication stated they would be meeting on Monday and will release information after concluding their meeting..
What’s next for Triangle?
- We are extending our gym closure through Sunday, March 22nd and will evaluate extensions of our closure on a weekly basis. Athletes and families need to prepare themselves for the strong possibility that our closure will extend further into the future. It should be noted that some of the most successful and prominent clubs in the country are making a similar decision in the best interests of their local community and the nation.
- We have cancelled all open-to-the-public programming for the current session and cancelled all rental contracts for the near term.
- The administrative team is maintaining weekday office hours 10am-5pm.
- Appointments for Trinity Wellness Center full physical therapy services will be held on Thursday. To book contact Trinity Wellness Center at 919-875-1932.
Please stay safe and healthy by adhering to government and public health official policies and recommendations. Practice social distancing* whenever possible and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. - Triangle Volleyball Club
*Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. [CDC website]
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.12.20
As evidenced by multiple news reports and various announcements by other sport organizations, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread is causing an ever-increasing public health concern.
After thoughtful consideration of the potential health impact on our Triangle community and the greater community at large, we are suspending all volleyball activities (practices, clinics, private lessons, etc.) and closing our gym through Sunday, March 15th minimally. During our closure we will continue to monitor developments and make a final decision as to when we will return to the gym.
As for our gym, we have invested considerable effort in the sanitizing of our gym and are confident that when we re-open we will be welcoming our athletes back to a safe space.
We know removing volleyball activity from our athletes will be an additional challenge in already difficult times. Our thoughts are with all of you and please remain safe.
EARLIER TODAY: At 1230am EST USA Volleyball announced that all USAV sanctioned events be postponed or cancelled through March 22nd. We wholly support that decision as an abundance of caution to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community by avoiding large gatherings.
As such Triangle will not serve as a Carolina Region one-day event host for the next two weekends (Saturday, March 14th and 21st). Please stay tuned as the suspension of events may continue beyond March 22nd.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update | 3.11.20
We are carefully monitoring the emerging information surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the United States, North Carolina and Wake County in particular.
I [Sherry Fadool] have spoken to officials at the Wake County Public Health Department. They have stressed the following:
- 80% of those who contract coronavirus have mild illness with recovery possible with no medical intervention. As such they are not recommending that travel be suspended due to the current state of or threat of coronavirus exposure.
- It has been primarily individuals in the high-risk category (over 65 years of age and/or with compromised health conditions) that have suffered more serious illness upon exposure. Therefore, the only recommendations to cancel events or restrict travel are directed to this compromised population.
The bottom line is as of today, at this moment, we are continuing our plans to continue all planned activities at Triangle including team practices, camps and clinics, and tournaments.
I feel compelled to share that our decisions are not being guided by economics in any fashion. Our primary focus has been and will continue to be directed solely towards the health and safety of our staff, athletes, officials and visitors. We are committed to respecting the science which is evolving daily and the recommendations of public health officials who are charged with overseeing the containment of COVID-19.
We recognize that the risk of infection exists in all venues and activities in our community. We also believe that we will remain in a heightened posture toward the possibility of community spread for quite some time. With that said, there are intangible and tangible benefits of going on with our lives, with heightened awareness and armed with conservative hygiene protocols, as normally as possible.
I know and understand that some individuals will have differing opinions on participation in sports or attending sports events at this time. I also understand that any athlete absences in a team setting will likely impact team viability. I hope each of us can be thoughtful and appreciate that people have different comfort levels with illness and the associated risk of disease spread. Also, some of our members have family members in high risk populations that they live with or interact with on a daily basis.
Below is additional specific information on how we are managing our facility and minimizing risk of exposure.
TRIANGLE’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
- Our cleaning efforts have been ramped up since early February as the flu virus was in the area. We sanitize our courts weekly as part of those efforts.
- We frequently and regularly sanitize high contact areas including counters, hand rails, door knobs, etc.
- We regularly sanitize the athletic floor and equipment in the PACT room.
- We are spraying volleyballs regularly with disinfectant.
- We have made hand sanitizer more readily available in the gym including on court.
- We are suspending the practice of high-fiving and hand shaking in the gym for either practice or competition.
- The region has also instructed all facilities hosting CR tournaments to place hand sanitizer on the scorer’s table at each court and refrain from pre and post-match handshakes/high fives.
EXPOSURE INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Anyone who is sick or not feeling well should refrain from attending any gym activities including tournaments. This includes both athletes and spectators.
- Anyone in a high-risk population (over age 65 and/or with a chronic health condition) should strongly consider not coming to practices and events at Triangle due to the risk of exposure to numerous communicable diseases.
HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES LIKE COVID-19
Prevention lies in large measure with each individual’s personal hygiene practices. In the end, every person’s hygiene will play a primary role in whether or not they contract any communicable disease.
Health officials are stressing businesses and schools minimize the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the same manner as that recommended for controlling the spread of influenza. The CDC and health departments emphasize the importance of good hygiene practices and maintaining normal cleaning routines to fight germs and prevent the spread of illnesses like:
- Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap and water. When soap and water are not readily available an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used. REMINDER: hand washing with soap and water is vastly more effective than using hand sanitizer.
- Individuals should stay home and not be in our gym if they have had any fever (with or without having taken fever-reducing medication) or experienced symptoms of illness within the past 24 hours.
- Avoid contact/exposure to anyone who is ill. Be ‘hygiene vigilant’ if someone in your home is sick.
- Any sneeze or cough should be covered. If tissues are used, they should be disposed of properly and hands should be washed.
- Drinks and personal hygiene items like lip balm should not be shared.
- People should clean their phones frequently (front back…all around).
- Athletes should clean their water bottle after each use (inside and out with soap and water).
- Athletes should clean/sanitize their whistles and not share with teammates.
- Given the nature of the game of volleyball (platform passing) athletes should wash their hands to their elbows with soap and water.
- Be conscious and vigilant about avoiding touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes. Having accountability partners in your family or among your team can help everyone become better at this.
- ADDITIONAL MEASURES for athletes:
- All volleyball gear should be washed frequently.
- Bleach/Sanitize kneepads, arm sleeves, ankle braces, etc.
- Wash athlete’s backpacks regularly.
- Athletes should also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer for personal use
If you have further questions or concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we suggest you seek information from reputable sources. Several we recommend are:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
- NC Department of Health and Human Services
- Wake County Public Health Division
- USA Volleyball
Without question, COVID-19 is a global disease much like the flu and considerable resources are being directed to better understand transmission pathways and treatment. We recognize that the uncertainty and intense media coverage of COVID-19 has led many to be fearful and hesitant to go about their normal routines and activities without interruption. As it relates to our activities at Triangle Volleyball Club please be assured that our leadership team is firmly focused on the health and safety of all of you. We appreciate your efforts to support better hygiene overall and to educate our athletes on how they can best protect themselves.
Sherry Fadool, Executive Director
Triangle Volleyball Club
Triangle saw twenty-six  teams competing at three-day events during Presidents' Day Weekend in both Kansas City and Washington DC. Over the holiday weekend Triangle teams competed in nearly 200 matches.
Five (5) teams were invited to compete at the Triple Crown Sports National Invitational Tournament in Kansas City. The event is a premier competitive event bringing together many of the top clubs in the nation to battle it out in an early-season tournament. Among the highlights in KC was 18 Black compiling a 6-2 record, on their way to a 3rd place finish in the 18u Select Championship Bracket. Triangle 14 Black finished 34th overall in 14u and finished 2nd in the Open Championship Bracket despite playing with a compromised roster consisting of eight healthy players.
Meanwhile in Washington DC, Triangle showcased its competitive depth across the board as eight total teams played themselves into the Gold Bracket (aka Championship bracket)on Day 3 across four different age groups. 18 Blue continued their strong start to the season by posting a T9 finish out of 64 teams in 18 Open, while 15 Blue finished T5 in 15 Open for their fourth Top-10 finish out of five tournaments this season.
Triangle's 14s teams showcased their age group's strong potential, with 14 Navy placing 2nd in the 14 Club division and 14 Silver [T5] and 14 Steel [T9] both posting Top 10 finishes in 14 Club. 14 Blue reached the Gold Bracket in 14 Open, finishing T9 with a 5-2 weekend record, while 14 White posted a 5-3 record and were the Silver B Champions for 14 Open. 13 White also placed into the Gold Bracket in 13 Club with a T5 finish, while 13 Black had a podium finish with a T3 final standing in 13 Open.
Triangle athletes also received a myriad of individual awards and recognitions on the weekend, including:
Capitol Hill Classic
- Grace Agusta, 13 White - Best Digger [13 Club]
- Bre McMillan, 13 Black - Best Attacker [13 Open]
- Susan Migdal, 14 Navy - Best Receiver[14 Club]
- Katie Raymer, 13 Black - Best Digger [13 Open]
- Kaeli Braswell, 18 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Autumn Hines, 18 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Amelia Hammond, 17 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Avery Mullins, 15 Blue - PrepVolleyball.com "Supernova"
Triple Crown NIT
- Kaya Monrose, 16 Black - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
- Olivia Kohn, 16 Black - PrepVolleyball.com "Others Who Shined"
The complete results and finishes for the weekend are below.
|Capitol Hill Classic|
|12 Black||13 Club||4-3||T37/64|
|12 Blue||12 Club||3-4||T13/32|
|13 Black||13 Open||6-1||T3/24|
|13 Blue||13 Open||1-6||T17/24|
|13 White||13 Club||6-2||T5/64|
|13 Silver||13 Club||5-3||T17/64|
|13 Steel||13 Club||2-5||T45/64|
|14 Blue||14 Open||5-2||T9/64|
|14 White||14 Open||5-3||T17/64|
|14 Navy||14 Club||9-1||2/64|
|14 Silver||14 Club||7-1||T5/64|
|14 Steel||14 Club||4-3||T9/64|
|15 Blue||15 Open||6-2||T5/64|
|15 White||15 Open||4-4||T35/64|
|15 Silver||15 Patriot||4-3||T21/64|
|15 Steel||15 Club||4-3||T21/96|
|16 Blue||16 Open||4-4||T27/64|
|16 White||16 Open||1-6||T53/64|
|17 Blue||17 Open||3-5||T27/64|
|17 White||17 Open||2-6||T51/64|
|18 Blue||18 Open||5-2||T9/48|
Triple Crown Sports NIT
|TEAM||WIN-LOSS RECORD||FINISH/FIELD SIZE|
Syd Dowler (Class of 2020), Setter (Green Hope High School) was named PrepVolleyball.com's Andi Collins Award winner for the nation's top setter. Dowler hails from a volleyball family and moved to North Carolina after her eighth-grade year. She led the Green Hope Falcons to four-straight NCHSAA titles and was named MVP for all four championships. She led Triangle teams to Open-level qualifications each year while competing with the club. Dowler graduated from high school early, following her senior volleyball season, and is enrolled at the University of Maryland as a member of their team. For the complete story on Dowler's exceptional prep career as a setter, visit PrepVolleyball.com (subscription required).
January 21, 2020:
The 5th annual City of Oaks Challenge saw 260 teams and 9000 players, coaches, and spectators enjoy a weekend of exciting junior club volleyball in the vibrant Raleigh downtown area and at Triangle Volleyball Club’s state-of-the-art facility in the Wake Competition Center.
Participating teams were from Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina with many being among the top teams on the eastern seaboard.
In addition, the collegiate recruiting presence grew in 2020, with over 30 college recruiters present at the event throughout the weekend (DII and below*).
Congratulations to all our top finishing teams and thanks to all who participated. See you next year on January 16-18, 2021.
12 Girls division
· Champion – ECJVC 12 Select
· Finalist – Academy 12 Crystal
· Silver Bracket Winner – AIM 12 Black
13 Girls division
· Champion - Academy 13 Diamond
· Finalist - Triangle 13 Black
· Silver Bracket Champion – Virginia Juniors 13 Elite
14 Girls division
· Champion - Triangle 14 Black
· Finalist – ECJVC 14 National
· Silver Bracket Champion – Academy 14 Crystal
· Bronze Bracket Champion – Triangle 14 Silver
· Flight 1 Bracket Champion – HRVC Aggression 14-1
15 Girls division
· Champion – CHAVC 15 Black
· Finalist – I.C. Stars 15 Mark
· Silver Bracket Champion – HRVC 15-1 United
· Bronze Bracket Champion – JoCo 15 Black
· Flight 1 Bracket – DVA 15N White
16 Girls division
· Champion – Academy 16 Diamond
· Finalist – MVP 16 Gold
· Silver Bracket Champion – Triangle 16 Blue
· Bronze Bracket Champion – NC Elite 16 Black
17 Girls division
· Champion – Virginia Juniors 17 Elite
· Finalist – TCVA 17 KHK
· Silver Bracket Champion – CHAVC 17 Black
· Bronze Bracket Champion – Jammers 17 Red
18 Girls division
· Champion – Academy 18 Diamond
· Silver Bracket Champion – ECJVC 18 Premier
12U Winter Classic division
· Champion – ECJVC 12 Regional Hailey
· Finalist - Triangle 12 White
14U Boys division
· Champion – Piedmont 14 Mamba
· Finalist – TCVA 14 Bros
16U Boys division
· Champion – Upward Stars 16 Brent
· Finalist – Academy 16 Boys
18U Boys division
· Champion - Coastal Hampton 17 Boys
· Finalist - Triangle 18U Boys
An exciting partnership has emerged between perennial powerhouse clubs, A5 [Atlanta], Orlando/Tampa Volleyball Academy [OTVA] and Triangle to begin a new elite-level pre-national tournament named Southern Exposure. The idea was born from long-standing club-to-club collaborations and the need for an elite level event prior to national championships in mid-June through early July. This event will serve to fill the large void of competition between the national qualifying and national championship events.
"We are excited to work with A5 and OTVA to bring an open-level event to the south," stated Sherry Fadool, Triangle's Executive Director and JVA Executive Board Member. "The JVA Challenge series has been incredibly successful in expanding events in the country and offering high caliber competition."
Southern Exposure will be held May 30-31 in Atlanta at the Georgia International Convention Center. This weekend also begins the recently reworked NCAA Division I recruiting schedule.
Friday, December 6, 2019 | Retreat Day
Triangle hosted it's 17th annual Retreat Day which offered student-athletes and coaches the opportunity to connect, create, inspire and prepare for the season's journey ahead. Matthew Schwab of "Matthew Schwab Speaks" was the keynote speaker addressing the crowd of over 400 athletes, coaching staff, and administrators. Matthew highlighted his life's journey, after being born with Down Syndrome, to persevere and achieve education, employment, and opportunity. Matthew stood as a shining example to all present of determination in the face of overwhelming and lifelong obstacles to independent living, inclusion, and being a valued contributor to society.
Athletes engaged in a variety of off-court and on-court activities designed to connect players and coaches as well as set priorities and standards for the season ahead. A club-wide art project entitled "Uniquely Triangle" was created which involved a large and colorful thumbprint filled with small cubed letters placed by each athlete to spell out their first name (or nickname). The core values of our mission where also included in the art piece. The artwork will be displayed at Triangle's facility in the Wake Competition Center.