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The Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club 14-Black squad is, back row, from left to right: Head Coach Tatiana Durr, Julie Algiers, Cameron Lanier, Cameron Lloyd, Aarya Potti, Vaughn Vandegrift, Erin Jordan-Cornell and Juliet Larkin. Front row, left to right: Megan Oppegard, Melissa Berkowitz, Caitlin Carden and Assistant Coach Hayden Huffman.

For many members of the Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club, there really isn’t much of an offseason.

Many of the players go straight from playing with their various middle schools and start preparing for their travel league teams for tournaments across the southeast.

Earlier this month, the CHAVC 14-Black squad finished 2nd in the Big South Qualifier in Atlanta, GA. It’s the largest indoor girls junior volleyball tournament held over a single weekend in North America.

The tournament is divided into three portions of round robin play. CHAVC advanced to the Gold Bracket after winning six consecutive matches. In the gold bracket, CHAVC defeated Magnum 14 Champion (Columbia, SC) 2-1 and Tsunami S141E Cathy (out of Atlanta) 2-0. In the semifinals, CHAVC defeated WPVC 14 Armour Elite (Maitland, FL) 2-1. In the championship, Gainesville Jrs 14 knocked off CHAVC 2-1.

The 2nd place finish means that CHAVC will receive an invitation to play in the USA Volleyball Girls National Championships in Indianapolis. The tournament runs from June 27-July 6.

Overall, 64 teams from nine states competed in the USA Bracket.

The 14-Black squad started the spring by winning the Carolina Regional East/West Championship at Simkins Sports Pavilion in Greensboro. CHAVC defeated the East Carolina Junior Volleyball Club from Greenville in the championship match in straight sets (34-32, 25-12).

CHAVC outside hitter Cameron Lloyd was named the MVP. Over the course of the tournament, Lloyd finished with 34 kills, 15 aces, 47 digs and one block. Lloyd, who attends Stanford Middle School, is the younger sister of Jordan Lloyd, who was an All-Big 8 Conference player at Orange who now plays with the Division III Brevard College Tornados.

Also named to the Carolina Regional All-Tournament team was Julie Altieri, a student at A.L. Stanback Middle School. Altieri registered 19 kills, 22 aces, 22 digs, 48 assists and one block over the course of five matches, in which CHAVC went undefeated.

Joining Lloyd and Altieri on the All-Conference team was Erin Jordan-Cornell, also of Stanford Middle School. Jordan-Cornell had 19 kills, nine digs and ten blocks. Cameron Lanier, from Stanback Middle School, also made the All-Conference team. Lanier finished with 12 kills, nine digs and five aces.

On February 2-3, the CHAVC captured the championship of the 14/15 age Southern Alliance Volleyball League in Myrtle Beach, SC. CHAVC went 7-0 on the weekend.

A star setter for CHAVC is Caitlin Carden, who is the cousin of Orange High softball 1st baseman and pitcher Jaden Hurdle. Carden, whose mother Christy played for a conference championship basketball team at Orange High, is a starter for the Stanford Chargers.

This spring, CHAVC has compiled a 49-6 match record and their season isn’t complete yet. They will compete in the AAU Junior Volleyball Nationals in Orlando, FL on June 17-20.

Since their season started on January 5, CHAVC has played tournaments in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro and Washington, D.C.

The Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club has nine teams in all, ranging in age from 11-16. The head coach of 14-Black is Tatiana Durr, a former volleyball player at UNC.