Gatorade Player of the Year

Barnstable Volleyball Player Riley James Wins $10,000 for Special Olympics of Massachusetts in Gatorade POY National Essay Contest

Riley James of Barnstable HS and the 2016-17 Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year was recently awarded the “$10,000 Gatorade/Play it Forward Spotlight Grant” as her essay was chosen from 50 contestants nationwide and has been donated to the Cape Cod Champs, a local program of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts with whom she volunteers.

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Michelle Perrone (Lynnfield HS) was named the MIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year

MGVCA board member Michelle Perrone (Lynnfield HS) has been named the MIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year!  Each sport’s coach will be recognized at the MIAA awards banquet on May 25th.

The new MIAA ball is the Spaulding VB 5 Red/White/Blue

2017 MGVCA Coaches Clinic

Thanks to Coaches Mark Rosen and Joel Dearing for a great 2017 Coaches Clinic! The videos are available online for MGVCA members at The Art of Coaching Volleyball is offering a special through March 31st on that page as well: clinic attendees can purchase access to the entire Art of Coaching Volleyball video library for only $99!

Gatorade Player of the Year

Riley James named 2016-17 Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year

CHICAGO (January 17, 2017) — In its 32st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Riley James of Barnstable High School as its 2016-17 Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year. James is the eighth Gatorade Massachusetts Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Barnstable High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes James as Massachusetts’s best high school volleyball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced in January, James joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including USA Volleyball players Kayla Banwarth (2006-07, Wahlert HS, Iowa), Alisha Glass (2005-06, Leland Public HS, Mich.), Jordan Larson (2004-05, Logan View HS, Neb.) and Foluke Akinradewo (2004-05, St. Thomas HS, Fla.).

The 5-foot-10 sophomore outside hitter led the Red Raiders to a 26-1 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. James tallied 518 kills, 217 digs and 42 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .471 and a hitting percentage of .347. The Boston Globe Division 1 Player of the Year, James is a two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic. She concluded her sophomore year with 811 total kills in her prep volleyball career.

A member of the Spanish National Honor Society, James has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and as a youth volleyball coach. “Riley makes the game look easy,” said Joe Reardon, head coach of Bishop Feehan High. “She is a complete player with a high volleyball IQ. She can attack from anywhere on the court and get the kill.”

James has maintained an A average in the classroom. She will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

Outside the 2016 AVCA Convention

Robin Lee, Michelle Perrone, Michelle Hopkinson, Jane Bergin, Veronica Schaefer and Alex Hopkinson

Rob Slavin at the AVCA Convention

Rob Slavin Head Coach from Sacred Heart HS of Kingston and current AVCA High School Representative addresses the HS coaches at the AVCA Convention in Columbus OH.

Mass Maritime College Coaches Skills Camp

January 29, 2016

Clean Harbors Athletic Complex
101 Academy Drive
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

This clinic is designed to provide high school aged athletes exposure to regional college coaches. If you are looking to be noticed and coached in a small group setting, this is the clinic for you! You may register for one session or both. All participants are encouraged to engage in the Q&A from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Morning session 8​ :00-11:00
College Recruiting Q&A from coaching panel to parents & players​ 12:00-1:00
Afternoon session​ 1:00-3:00


Please contact Head Coach Melanie Appleman with any inquiries at (508) 830-5000 ext. 2078 or We hope to see you on the court!

Volleyball in Italy Trip

Jul 31 – Aug 8, 2017, Departing from Boston, led by Paul Nimblett, MGVCA member and Norwood HS Volleyball Coach

Paul says: “I wanted to reach out to all the coaches in our organization. I have been picked by a program called AmericasTeam to coach a team this August to travel to Italy and compete against teams from over there, and travel around and learn about the culture and bond with other players. This great opportunity allows me to reach out and contact coaches about players that might be interested. I am in the process of putting the team together but I am looking for more Varsity caliber players that want to compete. If a coach has any players interested please have them contact me and I will send out information regarding how to register and sign up. There is fundraising opportunities as well to raise money for the trip. Coaches if you could send this out to your players I would greatly appreciate it.”

View the trip brochure

MGVCA All State Teams

2016 MGVCA All State Teams Announced

Congratulations to the Division 1, 2 & 3 MGVCA All State Teams and to Case, Hopkinton and Barnstable on their State Championships!