Last Update - Jul 29,
The Florida Region Outstanding Female Coach Award
is presented to someone who displays leadership, integrity and
overall dedication to the growth of their athletes and the
sport. Joy VanDyke has coached with
Palm Beach Juniors for 17 years and has led multiple teams to
the USAV Junior National Championships. Hannah Heide, a former
player of Coach VanDyke's wrote, "I played for Coach Joy
during my 13's travel season and now she has been my high
school coach for 3 years and every single year she has led us
to the state championships, we couldn't have done it without
her. I can't describe to you how much this coach means to me
and so many other players, she is who I aspire to be as a
coach and as a person. There is no other coach more deserving
of this award than Coach Joy VanDyke." Caitlyn Walters,
another athlete from Palm Beach Juniors, commented, "She
always gives the best advice on what to do better. She puts in
extra time with girls that aren't even on her team to make us
more talented players."
Juniors players scholarship
In 2020, the Florida Region of USA
Volleyball will award $110,000 in scholarships
to high school seniors within their
Eustis, FL - April
The Florida Region of USA
Volleyball appreciates the hard work and dedication that
their members continue to show and are proud that
they’re able to support them in achieving success both
on the volleyball court and in the classroom. In the
past, the Florida Region has presented the scholarships
at their annual Awards Ceremony, however as everyone
practices social distancing, it is important that these
individuals are recognized for their
(Lake Worth, FL)
Foundation Silver Scholarship -
"Ned" DeGroot Memorial Scholarship
Group photo from our
recent 2017 Awards
ALL the Palm Beach
& coaches (13 Elite, 15 Elite, 16 Elite, 17 Elite and 18
Elite teams) that
won bids to attend this season's 2017 Girls Junior National
(click image for full size
Keelin, a Palm Beach
Juniors Club alumni player, graduated High School in 2013 and
is now playing D1 volleyball as a Junior at the
University of New Hampshire (UNH). Keelin was named
American East Conference setter of the year; leading her
conference with service aces and is also 5th in the nation
overall. Her team won their 3rd conference title and will play
in the NCAA tournament.
Palm Beach Post Article - dated September 30, 2015
click on link to see full article including
Volleyball: Lake Worth Christian’s Terri Kaiser reaches
Lake Worth Christian girls volleyball coach
Terri Kaiser won her 600th career match Tuesday night, leading
the fourth-ranked Defenders to a 25-9, 25-11, 25-13 victory
against rival Trinity Christian.
Kaiser has been coaching at Lake Worth Christian for 27
seasons. The Defenders are 16-3, and recently won the Palm
Beach Classic Gold Division championship.
Tuesday’s match was part of a ‘Volley for the Coach’
fundraiser. Kaiser was diagnosed with cancer in July and
currently is undergoing treatment. She has continued to coach
Tuesday’s event raised $22,000 to help Kaiser with medical
“It was a very special night,” Lake Worth Christian
Superintendent Jim Harwood said. “Many of Terri’s former
players came back to be part of it.”
SunSentinel Article - dated September 28,
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see full article including photos
Lake Worth Christian coach Terri Kaiser notching big wins
even as she battles breast cancer
before guiding her Lake Worth Christian volleyball team to the
first of four victories to win last weekend's Palm Beach
Classic, coach Terri Kaiser was sitting in a doctor's office,
going through her latest round of chemotherapy.
In June, Kaiser learned she has breast cancer — the fourth
woman in her immediate family to be diagnosed with the
Lake Worth Christian coach Terri Kaiser is in her usual
spot on the sidelines this season, even as she battles breast
cancer -- a disease that killed one of her sisters in 2010 and
also currently affects her mother and another sister.
something that takes out your energy," Kaiser says of her
cancer treatment. "(But) I have an amazing group of players.
When I walk into that gym, their energy gives me the energy I
Kaiser opted to continue coaching this season after her
initial diagnosis. Doctors believed she had early-stage cancer
and treatment simply meant surgery to remove a tumor. But
surgery revealed a cancer more aggressive than expected.
"I planned everything around volleyball when they first
said it was going to be simple," Kaiser said. "When I got the
news it was a little bigger than they thought, it was
So this season, her 29th as a volleyball coach, nothing's
simple. But the bad news has been challenged by the good.
Saturday's tournament finals victory, hosted by Lake Worth
Christian (14-3, 2-0), raised Kaiser's career-win total to 598
And with a victory against Wellington on Monday, Kaiser
could earn her 600th career win Tuesday, when the Defenders
take on Trinity Christian.
Tuesday also will mark another team achievement: the
seventh-anniversary kickoff for Lake Worth Christian's annual
Volley For A Cause.
The tournament was first held in 2008, when Kaiser's
youngest sister, Connie VanderWey, learned she had breast
cancer — the first in the family to receive the diagnosis.
Though in remission for a time, VanderWey's cancer later
worsened and she died in 2010. In the interim, another of
Kaiser's sisters, Jane Holloway, was diagnosed with breast
cancer. The women's mother, Audrey VanderGriend, later began
treatment as the third family member with the disease.
Currently Holloway's and VanderGriend's cancer is in
This year, Kaiser's volleyball team has raised more than
$10,000. The players said the funds will be donated to help
cover their coach's medical bills.
"She doesn't like being in the spotlight," Emily Lampman
said of her coach. "We told her, 'It's our turn to do
something for you.'"
The Lake Worth Christian senior earned All-County
first-team honors last season. A fifth-year starter, Lampman
has played on two of Kaiser's state championship teams, in
2011 and 2012.
Kaiser's daughter, Joy VanDyke, an assistant coach under
Kaiser for the past decade, said hosting Volley for a Cause
has meant a lot to her from the beginning "because it was for
my aunt." VanDyke played college ball at Palm Beach Atlantic
in the early 2000's, during his mother's nine-year tenure
there as coach.
"I went through the process with both of my aunts," VanDyke
said. "But you just never know what it fully feels like until
it's your mom."
Kaiser, who faces months of further treatment before her
next medical evaluation, doesn't want her cancer to be what's
motivating her team. A two-year state title drought, she says,
should be all the inspiration her Defenders need to get to
this season's final match at the University of Central
"I don't want them to play for me," Kaiser said. "But I did
tell them 'If I'm pushing to be here at every practice with as
much energy as I can muster, you need to mirror it."
Juniors held a Referee Clinic & Team Scrimmage
Event on Dec 13, 2014 as a Benefit
for Capri Grotowski.
Capri played and coached for
Palm Beach Juniors. Currently, she
along with her husband Steve coach at FAU ... the beach
program & at Boomers VBC. They have 2 children, Cayd (4
yrs) & Kyah (6 mths)
Capri is battling breast cancer -
Palm Beach Juniors families brought
in gift cards and monies to shower their family with our love,
encouragement, and support!
either photo to see the LARGE FULL
Race for the Cure
14 National- Nicole Team
VOLLEY FOR THE
A note from Coach
Parents, Players and Palm Beach
Thank you for being a part of the first
annual kick-off volleyball tournament
"Volley For The Cause" this
past Saturday, December 7th.
With your tremendous help and
support, the FIGHT FOR KAREN was able
to raise $3023.35!!
We are SO grateful for Sam and Terri for
putting this entire benefit together, and for the
amazing parents and girls who came out to support this
event. It was so much fun and a huge success, and we owe
it all to you and all your incredible acts of kindness.
We feel so blessed to have met all of you.
Coach Ashley Marsaa &
Lake Worth Christian Girls Volleyball
for their Back 2
Back, 2nd year
State Championship Title
Class 2A FHSAA Girls High School Volleyball
ALL Palm Beach Juniors Coaches &
L-to-R-TOP ROW: Coach Terri Kaiser, Elizabeth Owens, Britt
Smith, Meagan Milligan, Amanda King, Coach Jay Fisher, Coach
Joy Van Dyke, L-to-R-BOT ROW: Kayla
Horn, Hannah Tannone, Kristen Reid, Emily Lampman, Missy Reid,
Devin Rohack, Mackenzi
SUN SENTINEL ARTICLE with PHOTOS - CLICK
Worth Christian repeats as state champions
Class 2A FHSAA Girls High
School Volleyball State Champions
Friday, November 16,
The Lake Worth Christian Defenders defended their Class
2A state championship by sweeping Winter Garden-Foundation
Academy 25-10, 26-24, 25-19 Friday night at Silver Spurs Arena
Senior Meagan Milligan, who attended school in Georgia
last year and wasn't a part of last year's championship run,
had 14 kills to lead an offense that hit at an impressive 42
"I wouldn't want to have won one of these with any
other team -- it's like family," Milligan said. "Everyone was
just ready to play, and got fired up every time the other team
would come back."
Lake Worth Christian coach Terri Kaiser was nearly
speechless after winning a second straight title.
"It's almost like a dream," Kaiser said. "We worked so
hard to get here last year, and these girls did the same kind
of work to get back. The leadership of our seniors is
irreplaceable, and having Meagan back for this run has been a
Kaiser said the her team kept its composure each time
Foundation made a run.
"The other team tried to get us out of our system, but
as long as we didn't do it to ourselves, I told them we'd be
just fine," she said. "We got back to one point at a time and
kept our fast tempo. We eliminated our errors down the
The Defenders (28-3) scored seven of the first eight
points of the first set, reversing their slow start in
Thursday's semifinal, and kept scoring them in bunches as they
took advantage of the Lions' hitting and serving
Foundation looked to have found their stride in the
second game, taking a 13-8 lead and getting to set point at
24-23, but Milligan came up with two big blocks to reverse the
deficit. LWC took the set when DeGraide sent a hit over the
The Defenders took a 6-2 lead in Game 3, only to watch
Foundation rally to take an 8-6 lead of its own as Lake Worth
sent a series of kill shots long. The game became a
back-and-forth event for the next dozen points when Foundation
It was their last lead of the game. Milligan blocked or
killed on five of LWC's next six points to take a 20-17 lead,
and after sending a serve long would commit no more errors to
get the final points and lock down its title
The Lake Worth Christian attack was balanced, with
Amanda King and Kristen Reid adding seven kills apiece and
Emily Lampman's eight digs. King, the setter, added 21
For Foundation coach Danny Eleutiza, it was the second
consecutive runner-up finish. He coached Winter Springs to the
7A title game last year where they fell to Martin
"They were the better team today," Eleutiza said of
Lake Worth Christian. "We had a little nerves and jitters to
start, which you expect from a team that has never been here
before. In the second game, our serve was better, and these
girls never quit."
This marks the sixth consecutive year that Lake Worth
Christian won the title or lost to the winner no earlier than
the regional final.
Lake Worth Christian
November 16, 2011
Christian players celebrate after clinching the state
championship with a five-set win Wednesday night. (Joshua
C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel)
here to see more photos from the championship
KISSIMMEE -- It has been a long
time coming - and it took a bit longer Wednesday night than
Lake Worth Christian's volleyball team would have liked - but
the Defenders can finally lay claim to the title: state
Lake Worth Christian (22-10) ended
a drought that included 16 trips to the state tournament,
including 11 under coach Terri Kaiser, without a state title
by defeating Orlando Pine Castle Christian 25-23, 25-14,
23-25, 23-25, 15-7 Wednesday night to take the Class 2A
championship at Silver Spurs Arena.
"It's like you come here every year
and you begin to wonder, 'When are we going to win?' " senior
libero Kristin Kintz said.
The Defenders don't have to wonder
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime feeling
for us and for our coach," junior outside hitter Kristen Reid
After winning the first two sets,
Lake Worth Christian's celebration was put on hold as Pine
Castle (24-3) took the next two to force a fifth
In that set, it was the Defenders'
big three who took over the match. Reid, Amanda King and
Elizabeth Owens all played big roles.
Reid, who had a match-best 29
kills, had a crucial kill and then served for six consecutive
Owens, who had 10 kills, had a
block and a kill and King, who had 13 kills and 35 assists,
also had a kill while the Defenders opened a 13-4
"We kind of got off our game plan a
little bit," Kaiser said about losing the third and fourth
games. "Our feet got a little slow and we weren't attacking
The Defenders opened the match with
a 5-0 run that started with an ace by Missy Reid on the first
serve of the match.
But Pine Castle quickly got back in
the match, scoring four of the next five points with Becca
Carr's kill getting the Eagles to 6-4.
Although Lake Worth Christian went
on for the victory with a kill from Owens, a 6-foot freshman
middle blocker, it was anything but a perfect
The Defenders had to overcome six
"I always wondered whether this was
ever going to happen," Kaiser said.
"But, I know it has to be the right
team at the right time. This year we really attacked the areas
we thought we needed to improve on. The two things we worked
on was our defense and playing with our hearts."
Below is the article from the
previous year - in the Palm Beach Post
Newspaper on Saturday November 13, 2010.
Juniors Volleyball Director Terri
Kaiser & Head Volleyball Coach at Lake Worth Christian celebrates
another victory with her volleyball team.
Christian earns state volleyball
Saturday, November 13,
Photo by Allen
Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post
BOYNTON BEACH -- Lake Worth Christian
coach Terri Kaiser is hugged by Kristy Golden (left) and
Brytney Annis (right) after Lake Worth Christian rolls past
Miami Christian in three games to reach the Class 1A state
Click here to see
more photos from the match.
Before the opening serve of Saturday's
Class 1A regional final, Lake Worth Christian made the gym
floor look like a dance party, with players giving each other
elaborate handshakes and slick moves as they prepared to
They had even more reason to dance
The Defenders (27-3) took advantage of
nearly every Miami Christian mistake, sweeping to a 25-19,
26-24, 25-19 victory and earning a trip to the state
Lake Worth Christian will play
Gainesville-Oak Hall in a Class 1A state semifinal Wednesday
All cause for celebration for a team that
has faced plenty of adversity this year with the loss of coach
Terri Kaiser's sister, Connie Vanderwey, to breast cancer and
beloved booster Robert "Pops" Stokley, who died following a
Lake Worth Christian also had to overcome
the loss of its homecourt, as remodeling of the school's gym
resulted in the Defenders practicing outside often this
"We've had hurdles," senior outside hitter
Kristy Golden said. "But we keep it steady, we keep it
consistent. ... (We're) playing for our family and friends,
and for our grandfather (Stokley). We keep playing for
everyone else, not ourselves."
Lake Worth Christian used a balanced
effort to beat the Victors, who they also beat in last year's
regional final. Junior libero Kristin Kintz (13 service
points, three aces, 21 digs and three blocks) and sophomore
setter Amanda King (30 assists) led the way. The Defenders'
dominant middle duo of senior Brytney Annis and sophomore
Meagan Milligan, combined for eight of the team's 15
Milligan played with a single day of
practice, having been out since Nov. 3 with a sprained
Miami Christian (19-7) got 16 kills from
senior middle hitter Andrea Garcia and 26 assists from senior
setter Alexandra Marchese. Miami Christian tied it at 24 in
the second game, but could not pull ahead.
"You can't ask for more," Miami Christian
coach Mary Odio said. "It was the defensive game that hurt us
Lake Worth Christian has played in 15
state tournaments, and there are nine runners-up banners on
the gymnasium wall. Still looking for that elusive first state
championship, the Defenders say they're not feeling the
pressure this time around.
"It's the same net, same court, same
volleyball," said Annis, who had 17 kills. "I'm so excited to
get back up to Lakeland and do it."