Coach: Stefani Gantt
Asst. Coach: Chaquora Stukes
One of our stand out Starlings, Jayda Chee of Tuba City, has been selected to play for the Arizona High Performance Team in the High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma July 22-28. The 100+ team event features tournaments for both boys and girls that include teams from USA Volleyball Region HP teams, international teams and teams from the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. Jayda, with 3 Starlings National Championships under her belt at just 16 years old, is working hard to prepare for the event, and we can't wait to hear all about it. With her tenacious competitive drive and talent, her future is definitely bright, both in the volleyball world and in her desired career as a nurse. We're so proud of you Jayda!
Learn more about High Performance here: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/calendar/2018/july/19/high-performance-championships
The Starlings National Championship commences this Thursday, June 21st at San Diego City College's Harry West Gym, where we will celebrate our Starlings at our annual Opening Ceremonies event. After all of the teams make their procession, dancing into the gym and waving team banners, we will present our Literature, Art, and Starlings Spirit awards and hear from Keynote Speaker, former indoor volleyball player and Olympian, Alisha Glass.
We are immensely honored to have Glass at our Opening Ceremonies this year, and are excited to hear about her personal journey, as well as her journey as setter for the US Women's National Team. While on the team, Glass racked up numerous accolades, including a gold medal in the 2014 World Championship, a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic Games, and a bronze medal in the 2015 World Cup. Not to mention, she was named Best Setter in the 2014 World Championship and the Rio Olympics. All of this was only after she led Penn State to three consecutive NCAA Championships.
Glass is undoubtedly an excellent role model for our passionate young Starlings girls, as she has demonstrated incomparable talent and determination. Her speech will be the perfect way to kick off another awesome Nationals tournament!
Not only has Dr. Richard Paat been hard at work as director of Toledo Starlings, but he has also has dedicated his time to providing medical services for emergency relief around the world. While on a medical mission in Yabucoa, a small Puerto Rican town left devastated by Hurricane Maria, Coach Paat, along with fellow Starlings Coach Trudy, helped to develop the volleyball skills of four young Puerto Rican girls who proved their commitment and passion for the sport as they often practiced without electricity. Coming up later this month, these four girls will participate in the 20th Annual Starlings National Championships. Among them is Adriana De Jesus Serrano, whom Coach Paat was greatly impressed with as she was adamant in helping set up the medical clinic and was helpful in distributing water and working in the pharmacy. Further, she proved herself as a leader on the court, providing support and advice to her teammates that yielded better collective efforts. We cannot wait to see Adriana and her teammates at Nationals!