Richmond Volleyball Club is very proud of its Junior Travel Volleyball program and athletes. Many of our junior players chose to continue their volleyball career through college and even beyond. Some of our athletes left us with kind words about the program and how RVC helped them to reach their dreams. Here are a few:
“If it were not for RVC, I definitely would not have had the experience to play and travel across the country and worldwide, nor meet some of my best friends through volleyball. RVC has provided the coaches that have helped me to be where I am today. I am forever thankful for and in-debt to RVC.”
– Hunter Taylor, RVC USAV Junior 2013 (from age 17 – 18); Eastern Mennonite University 2014; USA Men’s National Deaf Volleyball Team 2015-2017; 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships; 22nd Summer Deaflympics, 2017.
“I feel like I was brought up here [RVC]. My family was trained here and I was raised here by Mr. Weston. He has worked with me since I was young and a beginner. I have a lot of respect for him, other coaches and for the club itself …. playing in the adult league is good. They are really into it. It’s fun and they are all friends. I definitely want to come back and play here after college. Playing with the adults also helps my play, because they all play so much smarter and are mostly former college players. They play the game as it should be played.”
– Chaney LaReau, RVC USAV Junior 2011 (from age 10 – 18); University 0f North Carolina Volleyball 2011, 2011 CJW/Times-Dispatch comeback girls athlete of the year; 2007 AAA State Champion.
“I wanted to go and play in Division I and RVC had the coaching staff to get there. The best coaching staff was here [RVC] and all I had to do was take advantage of it. They knew how much I wanted it and helped me get there.”
– Robert Chilcoat, RVC USAV Junior 2011 (from age 8 – 18); Loyola at Chicago, 2 time NCAA Division 1 Champion; Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50; 2010 High Performance A2 Camp; Assistant Coach at University of West Alabama.
“RVC [Club] prepared me for college play – more than high school or USA Junior Nationals playing. I had good teams and good coaches. I would play for a season and would gain endurance during my club season. It was my preparation for college. I loved volleyball SO MUCH I wanted to sleep at RVC!! I just have way too many good memories.”
– Kristin Carpenter, RVC USAV Junior 2009 (from age 8 – 18); Penn State, 2 time NCAA Division 1 Champion; 2008 AVCA Under Armour All-American; 2008 Virginia State Gatorade Player of the Year; Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50; Richmond Magazine’s Top 10 Athletes; USA Youth National Team; Swedish Professional Svedala Volleyball Club; St. Demetrios MVP, Pro Team Markopoulos, Greece; Assistant Coach at University of Maryland.
“I started playing volleyball my junior year of high school, and was lucky enough to make one of the teams at RVC. Being able to play at RVC turned my love for volleyball from a hobby to an obsession. The support I received from the players on my team and all of the coaches, made me realize quickly that this was something I wanted to do for a long time. The Richmond Volleyball Club is not only a place I went to become better at the sport, but it also became a support system that treated me like family. Every time I walk in the gym I am greeted with smiles and hugs from everyone, and I still have people that reach out to me asking how I am doing. After playing at RVC, I went on to play at George Mason University, then professionally in Europe for two seasons, and I am currently competing at the pro level for beach volleyball. I can honestly say that none of these experiences would have happened had I not played club volleyball at RVC. I know that RVC will always be there for me and the people within the organization will continue to support me for the remainder of my volleyball career. Thank you RVC for helping me become the player I am today!”
– Brandon Joyner, RVC USAV Junior 2006 (from age 16 – 18); George Mason, 2006 VHSL State Player of the Year; Finished his college career ranked fourth all-time with 1,992 assists and earned First Team All-EIVA accolades as a senior; George Mason University Assistant Coach for 3 season; Played volleyball professionally in Finland and Sweden from 2012-2014; Starting playing pro volleyball in NVL 2015.
“I will always have a special place in my heart for Richmond Volleyball Club. RVC gave me the foundation for a great and rewarding athletic career. More importantly, it has been a community of great people to plug-in with throughout the years as I continued to play in college, professionally, and now coaching at Marymount University. I’m proud to say I am a RVC alum, and a product of their great junior program. I’ll always be thankful to the great coaches I had early on, the administrative staff that is still helping me, and the brothers-in-arms I battled alongside with all those years in the many tournaments throughout the country. RVC is the reason I was given the opportunity to play in college, receive a full scholarship, and play with the USA National team. Thank you for all you have done for me and the volleyball community in Richmond. Keep up the great work, and I hope I continue to be a proud representative!”
– Hudson Bates, RVC USAV Junior 2003 (from age 16-18 ); Long Beach State and George Mason, EIVA Newcomer of the year 2005, Three-time EIVA All-East Selection; USA National Team 2008-2010; Won U26 Tour; USA Beach National Team 2010; Won AVP Young Guns 2010; Puerto Rican Superior League and Qatar National League 2008-2012; National PVL Championship 2013; USAV Adult National Champion 2013; Team USA FIVB Beach Volleyball 2014 & 2015; AVP since 2007; Top-25 ranked USA Volleyball Beach Player 2014; Men’s Head Coach at Marymount University 2014; Assistant Coach at UVA 2017.
“I did not start playing club volleyball until I was 15 years old. Little did I realize that the day I made the decision to join RVC was the day that helped to shape my career. I spent 3 days a week in the gym for practice, but for me that was not enough. I was in the gym every day from 4-6pm playing doubles with guys older and better than me. I just couldn’t get enough. My love for the game led to a high school State Championship (Monacan), a college scholarship and college degree (PSU), a professional career (Spain and PVL), and a Division 1 coaching career (currently at UVA). Volleyball was my life at 16 years old, and now into my 30’s volleyball is still my life – my career at least. RVC helped shape my life and I thank them for being available, and for being so great at what they do.”
– Aaron Smith, RVC USAV Junior player 2003 (from age 15 – 18); Penn State, 2003 Virginia State Player of the Year; Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50; U.S. Air Force Distinguished Athlete award in 2003; Club Tarragona St. Pere y St. Pau, Spain Pro Team; National PVL Champion 2014; AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award.
“I started playing at RVC in 1993 at the age of 14 with the junior program. My high school coach told me about RVC. I liked everything about RVC. As a junior, I found most of my friends here; I’m at home here. My best memory about RVC is watching it evolve into the club it has become (from RVC East to RVC West to RVC North). RVC was a necessity to getting a college scholarship and exposure to college coaches. Without RVC juniors and tournaments, coaches would not have seen you play.”
– Laura Marcuson, RVC USAV Junior 1998 (from age 14 – 18); Radford University 1998, Mills Godwin Hall of Fame Inductee 2012; RVC Junior Travel Coach
Take a look at our list of former RVC Junior Travel Volleyball athletes who continued playing in college by visiting our Alumni page. Also, see pictures of our juniors from their college days and beyond — into their days as collegiate coaches — and as pro players on our Pinterest page: “Success Beyond RVC.” If you are a former RVC Junior athlete who would like your recommendation listed here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.