Apple Valley Volleyball

Welcome to the Apple Valley Volleyball Homepage!

This is the homepage for the Apple Valley Junior Volleyball Club and the Apple Valley High School Girls Volleyball Boosters. Together we refer to ourselves as Apple Valley Volleyball, or AVVB.

Apple Valley Attack Tournament Dates Announced

November 24, 2015

Details for the Apple Valley Attack Tournament have been posted on the tournament page.

Volleyball Banquet Celebrates Successes of the 2015 Season

November 22, 2015

Sunday night the AVHS volleyball players, coaches, and the players' families celebrated the 2015 volleyball season with the traditional season-end banquet. There was much to celebrate as the 2015 team compiled a 15-13 record — the best record since 2011. Not only that, but the girls won several matches over ranked opponents, took first place at the Aerie Challenge, and finished in the top half at the Eagle Invitational and October Classic.

Coach Groves played Master of Ceremony, and he related the rich history of volleyball at Apple Valley. Each coach in turn got up to honor her or his team describing the victories of each team. Coach LaChapelle introduced each of the varsity players and described the role that each played on the team. But the coach made it quite clear that the results of the season were due to a great TEAM EFFORT and EVERYONE contributed to the success of the team.

The coaches also announced the following individual awards:

The following players were also recognized

Abby Loe was named a team captain for 2016 with an additional captain (or two) to be elected in the fall.

Parents and players: If you'd like to share some of your banquet photos, please send them to the webmaster.

Mmm, cake!

Apple Valley Alum Named 1st Team All-American

November 17, 2015

Former Apple Valley volleyball player Maren Loe capped her collegiate career at the University of Chicago with First Team All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). This marks the first time a Maroon volleyball player has received first or second team All-American status. Loe was previously picked as a Honorable Mention All-American in 2014. Read the complete press release from the University of Chicago here.

Registration is Open for the 2016 JO Season

October 14, 2015

Tryouts for Apple Valley Junior Girls Volleyball will be held on Tuesday Novermber 17, from 7:00-8:30pm. Tryouts are for all girls eligible to play 10U and up (birthdates on or before 8/31/2006) and will be held in the AVHS gymnasium.

Practices will begin in December; competition starts in January and runs through April. Teams will typically practice two or three times per week and play two or three weekends per month. Fees for the season are anticipated to cost $450-800, depending on the age and level of play. Payments will be divided into four monthly payments with the first payment of $300.

Register now at SignUpToPlay or visit the tryouts page for more information. Your early registration will help our club make plans for teams and coaching staff.

Refer to our FAQ List or Program Summaries for general descriptions of the Juniors program.

October Classic: Saturday Results

October 4, 2015

Semi finals

5th-8th Semis

9th-12th Semis

13th-16th Semis

15th Place

13th Place

11th Place

9th Place

7th Place

5th Place

3rd Place

1st Place

October Classic: Friday Night Results

October 4, 2015

First Round

Second Round, Championship Bracket:

Second Round, Consolation Bracket:

Valley Falls to #8 Rosemount in Four Sets

October 1, 2015

The AVHS volleyball team played 8th-ranked Rosemount and lost in four sets (25-19, 22-25, 6-25, 17-25) to the Irish. In the first set the Eagles played even with the Irish for a while, and the score was tied at 12-12 when the Eagles went on a 7-1 run and took control of the set. The Eagles had 4 service aces agains only one service error in the set. IN the second set, the lead changed six times, and the score was tied at 21-21 before the Irish pulled away at the end of the set. Nothing went right for the Eagles in the third set, as the Irish hit their stride with a future Gopher for an outside hitter and a strong showing by their middle hitter. In the third set, the Eagles held a slim lead early, but the Irish went on a 12-2 run before the Eagles could rally. The Eagles closed the gap to 5 points but couldn’t get any closer.

October Classic Pairings On-Line

September 30, 2015

October Classic pairings are on the tournament page.

Eagles Lose to Tigers

September 29, 2015

The Eagles lost an away match to the Farmington Tigers in straight sets (24-26, 18-25, 17-25). The Eagles had a 16-12 lead in the first set and seemed to be in control, when a series of unforced errors by the Eagles helped the Tigers tie the score at 19-19. The Eagles recaptured the lead at 21-19, but the Tigers outscored the Eagles 7-3 to win the set. In each of the subsequent sets, the Eagles fell behind early, and, despite staging late rallies, they fell short. Read more.

Eagle Invite Results Shake Up Coaches' Poll

September 28, 2015

The weekly coaches' poll came out today. The results reflect the outcome of the Eagle Invite, but only to a degree. The top nine schools from last week all remain in the top nine positions again. #1 Prior Lake and #2 Eagan have swapped places after the Lakers beat the Wildcats in the finals of the Invitational. Lakeville South holds at #3 despite losing to the Eagles. #4 Champlin Park and #5 Chaska leap-frogged over #6 Eden Prairie and #7 Roseville. Wayzata and Rosemount are tied at #8. Marshall fell out and was replaced at #10 by Moorhead. Apparently, Apple Valley just missed the cut. The ever-diligent Kevin Anderson posted the vote totals.

Apple Valley Falls to #2 Prior Lake and Moorhead on Day 2 at Eagle Invite

September 25, 2015

After winning their first two matches at the Eagle Invitational against ranked opponents, Apple Valley lost in straight sets to Prior Lake (21-25, 14-25). In the third place match, the Eagles battled the Spuds but lost on three hotly contested sets (27-25, 23-25, 10-15). Read more.

Final Results from the Eagle Invitational

September 26, 2015

Third Round Matches:

Championship Semis:

5th-8th Semis

9th-12th Semis

13th-16th Semis

Fourth Round Matches:

15th Place

13th Place

11th Place

9th Place

7th Place

5th Place

3rd Place

1st Place

Apple Valley Upsets #10 Marshall and #3 Lakeville South at Eagle Invite

September 25, 2015

Apple Valley got off to a strong start in the Eagle Invitational by beating the 10th-ranked Marshall Tigers in three sets (22-25, 25-21, 15-12). The Eagles followed that with a stunning upset two set sweep of #3 Lakeville South (26-24, 25-23) after losing to South in four sets in a conference match last night. Read more.

Day One Results from the Eagle Invitational

September 25, 2015

In first-round matches:

Round 2 Championship Bracket:

Round 2 Consolation Bracket:

#3 Cougars Defeat Eagles in Four Sets

September 24, 2015

The Apple Valley Eagles fell to the third ranked Class-3A Lakeville South Cougars in four solid sets of volleyball 22-25, 15-25, 25-21, and 18-25. The Cougars are led by two juniors who have committed to Division-I colleges — Jenny Mosser to UCLA and Halley Johnston to Iowa. Unofficially, Mosser had 33 kills on the night and Johnston 10. The Cougars jumped out to a 9-2 lead and extended it to 16-8. Ruby Carlson served up a couple of aces to spark the Eagles who closed the gap to a four point deficit. The Eagles came as close as 21-23 before losing 22-25. In the second set, the Cougars again took the early lead, but this time it was only 3-0, and the teams traded eleven consecutive side outs before South padded their lead to 13-8 and then 16-9. Valley tried to stage a rally with four straight points, but the Cougars closed out the set with a 9-3 run. In the fourth set, the Cougars once again started off with the early lead at 8-2. Valley ran off four straight points, and from there on out the Eagles scored more on each possession than the Cougars, including a 9-1 run ending with a 19-15 lead. The Cougars closed to within one point at 20-21, but the Eagles took four of the last five points to win 25-21. The Cougars started set four with an 11-4 run, but Valley closed the gap a bit at 10-14 and again at 15-18. Just when there appeared to be hope for the Eagles, the Cougars took six of the last eight to win the set 25-18 and the match 3 sets to 1. The Eagles played a solid match but just came up a bit short.

Apple Valley Tops Bloomington Jefferson in 5 Sets

September 22, 2015

The Eagles beat the Jaguars in five sets 25-18, 12-25, 25-17, 10-25, 15-9. During the match each team scored long runs of points, with the momentum shifting from one team to the other and back again. Apple Valley held a 17-4 lead in the first set, before Jefferson replied with an 11-3 run. In the second set the Jaguars took a 10-3 lead before the Eagles put together a 4-point run. The Jaguars extended their lead to 19-8 en route to the 25-12 final score. The momentum changed sides when the teams changed sides. (The north end of the court seemed to be the ``lucky" side of the court.) Apple Valley ran up an 11-1 lead. Jefferson had a 7-1 run to pull within 4 points, but the Eagles methodically extended their lead over the remainder of the set. Jefferson rattled off 10 straight to started the fourth set before they committed a service error. Nothing seemed to be going right for the Eagles, as the Jaguars led 20-5 with four of Apple Valley's points coming on Bloomington service errors. Apple Valley had a brief 5 point rally near the end, but it was too little, too late. The two teams settled down for the fifth and final set. Apple Valley won the toss and opted for the north end of the court. Apple Valley took one or two point leads, but Jefferson would tie it up again. The score was tied at 9 when the Eagles ran off six straight, winning the set and match. Read more.

In Other News …

September 21, 2015

The StarTribune has two stories concerning three of our South Suburban Conference rivals:

And, last but not least, the coaches' poll is out. Same ten teams in the AAA poll, different order. The top three teams are in the South Suburban Conference. Eagan jumped up to number one from sixth after beating South, South falls from first to second, and Prior Lake holds at number three. Eagan garnered more first place votes than any team in the previous polls.

Teams appearing at the Eagle Invitational that are ranked or receiving votes:

Eagle Invitational Pairings On-Line

September 19, 2015

Eagle Invitational pairings are on the tournament page.

AVVB in the News

September 19, 2015

Apple Valley volleyball in the Sun ThisWeek newspaper

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugLakers Hand Eagles First Loss, End Winning Streak at 8

September 17, 2015

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugThe Apple Valley Eagles met the third-ranked Prior Lake Lakers, falling in four sets (21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 16-25) to a talented and well-rounded conference opponent. The Eagles were unbeaten coming into the match, boasting an 8-0 start to the season. In the first set the teams traded the lead and were tied ten times. The last tie score was 21-21, but Prior Lake pulled away at the end of the set. The Eagles took control at the beginning of the second set, but Prior Lake put together a couple of long runs and built a 6-point lead. The Eagles closed the gap to one point at 22-23 and again at 23-24, but couldn’t quite tie it up again. They lost the set 23-25. In the third set, the Eagles quickly took a 10-point lead at 17-7 and held onto it at 22-12. Prior Lake staged a late rally, but the Eagles held them off to win 25-22. In the final set, the Eagles came from behind to tie the score at 11-11, but the Lakers regained the momentum and closed out the set 25-16. Read more.

Attack Pairings On-Line

September 15, 2015

Autumn Attack 9th Grade tournament pairings are on the tournament page.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMugApple Valley Beats Burnsville, Claims 8-0 Record

September 15, 2015

The Apple Valley Eagles took care of business tonight by dispatching the Bursville Blaze in three straight sets (25-13, 25-17, 25-17). Going into this match Burnsville had won three matches and that is three times as many as they won last year. Although the Blaze have a couple of tall players who were able to block the ball several times, Apple Valley had the advantage at every position.Read more.

AVVB in the News

September 4, 2015

Apple Valley Wins Aerie Challenge

September 12, 2015

The Eagles won the Aerie Challenge by beating #8 ranked Cretin-Derham Hall in the semifinals and Concordia Academy in the finals. It was the first time that Apple Valley had won the Aerie Challenge since 2010. Read more.

2015 Aerie Challenge Champions

Final Standings at the Aerie Challenge

September 12, 2015

15th Place:

13th Place: 11th Place: 9th Place: 7th Place: 5th Place: 3rd Place: 1st Place:

The Celebration

Third Round Action at the Aerie ChallengeAshley on the Slide

September 12, 2015


5th-8th semis: 9th-12th Semis: 13th-16th Semis

Apple Valley Takes Two at Aerie Challenge

September 11, 2015

Apple Valley won both of their matches 2-0 at the Aerie Challenge this evening. The Eagles prevailed in their first match over Virginia 25-13, 25-19. The second match was unsurprisingly the better of the two matches, with the play proceeding at a much higher tempo than in the first match. The Eagles won match two 25-18, 25-15. Read more.

Second Round Action at the Aerie Challenge

September 11, 2015

In second-round matches:

In the consolation bracket:

First Round Action at the Aerie ChallengeTia on the attack

September 11, 2015

In first-round matches:

VAA Night & Poster Night

September 10, 2015

Hey all of you VAA volleyball players, put on your VAA volleyball T-shirts and come watch the Apple Valley Eagles play the Burnsville Blaze! Gametime is 7pm on September 15. AVHS varsity volleyball players will be signing posters after the game.

MNVBCA Coaches' Poll

September 10, 2015

The latest coaches' poll is out. Here's a link to KJASR. Not much change. Hopkins fell out after losing to a second top ten team. Eden Prairie moved up to 6th. The Marshall voleyball team which was a long-time Class AA power has made it's debut in the AAA top ten.

Eagles Defeat Beacons 3-1

September 8, 2015

The Apple Valley Eagles faced their toughest challenge yet, playing a Class AA state tournament team, and came up winners 3-1 (25-17, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22). Both teams each had stretches where their hitters seemed unstoppable, but both teams had stretches where they struggled on offense, committing unforced errors. The difference in the match was defense. Eagle captain Dominique Dabu dug up many balls that kept points alive and allowed the Eagles to take or maintain the offensive momentum. Read more.

AAA Coaches' Poll

September 7, 2015

The next poll will be out soon, but here we see that the South Suburban Conference has 4 of the top 5 teams in AAA. Shakopee fell out of the rankings and Eden Prairie entered at #10. All three polls are posted at MNVBCA. Note that Tuesday's opponent Concordia Academy – Roselville received votes in the AA poll and played in the 2014 state tournament. Note also that three teams to appear at the Aerie Challenge are ranked in the top ten in their class and as are eight of the teams slated to appear at the Eagle Invitational.

Aerie Challenge Pairings On-Line

September 5, 2015

Aerie Challenge pairings are on the tournament page.

Celebrating a pointApple Valley Sweeps Albert Lea

September 3, 2015

The Apple Valley Eagles played host to the non-conference opponent Albert Lea Tigers who made a 90 mile trip up I-35. The Eagles played solid defense again tonight en route to a three game sweep of the Tigers, 25-20, 25-20, 25-8. The Eagles built large leads in each set with the Tigers making late runs in each of the first two sets, but the Eagles dominated the final set from start to finish. The Tigers were not able to score two points back-to-back in the final set. Read more.

Montana Nelson led the scoring with 5 aces and 6 kills, and Abby Loe added 9 kills and a solo block. However, even the Tiger fans left the gym commenting on the solid defense played by the Eagles. Next match is at home on Sept. 8 against Concordia Academy.

Maddie digging it upApple Valley Starts Season With a W

September 1, 2015

Apple Valley came strong out of the blocks, sweeping their first match of the season. The Eagles defeated Bloomington Kennedy 3-0 (25-9,25-7,25-8). Apple Valley played relatively error-free volleyball and had several long service runs during the match. Read more.

The Junior Varsity won 2-1 (22-25,25-13,15-6), B-Squad lost, 9A won (25-5, 25-12), and 9B also won in two sets (25-12, 25-19).

Hey parents! For future matches, if you can report set scores or game summaries, mail them to the webmaster. Also, if you take photos of the game (or of the team off the court) and want to share them, send an email to the webmaster and get the link for uploading photos to the photo galleries.

More ScrimmagingJV in action

August 29, 2015

The coaches had a second opportunity to watch the varsity and JV teams playing in game-like situations this weekend before the upcoming season opener versus Bloomington Kennedy.

AAA Coaches' Poll

August 26, 2015

Put this in the the category of "for what it's worth." Only three AAA coaches participated in the poll for Class AAA Rankings:

Also receiving votes: Eden Prairie, Cambridge-Isanti. Polls for class AA and A are posted by the MNVBCA.

Current Collegiate Players

August 25, 2015

When the high school players showed up for tryouts, college players too were starting their seasons. The following AVHS Alumnae are currently playing for their college teams:

Kayla settingVarsity, JV Take Court in First Scrimmages

August 22, 2015

The AVHS volleyball teams (varsity and JV) scrimmaged with Hopkins, Maple Grove, and Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Saturday morning. The scrimmages give the varsity coaches an opportunity to evaluate players in different positions and line-ups against varsity-level competition. Apple Valley returns seven starters from last season, and three players were moved up from last year's junior varsity squad. Apple Valley will host a second set of scrimmages on Saturday, August 29, with teams from Concordia Academy, Stewartville, and Kasson-Mantorville participating.

The captains love ice cream!

August 25 Player/Parent Information Meeting & Ice Cream Social

August 12, 2015

Reminder — Player/Parent Information Meeting is Tuesday, August 25. All players and parents are to attend this meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the AVHS gym.

Come join us for an ice cream sundae. Meet the coaches and players. Get important 2015 season information, and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Spiritwear will be on sale at the Ice Cream Social. Samples of the item will be available (see the photo below). You can print out your own Order Form before you come!

Get details … .

AVVB Spiritwear Modeled by AVVB Captains

Captains' Practice Announced

July 30, 2015

Captains' practice will be held August 10-13th from 9:00am to 10:30am. Meet at the flagpole in front of the high school We will be working out as well as playing some grass volleyball. Make sure to bring water, tennis shoes, and a snack! It's a good way to prepare for the season, hope to see you all there!

AVHS 2015 Volleyball Season Tryouts Announced

July 18, 2015

Tryouts for the upcoming 2014 season will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 17-19. Tryouts will be in two sessions on Monday and Tuesday, from 8:30-11:30 and 12:30-2:30. Wednesday will have a morning session 8:30-11:30. Teams will be decided by the end of the day Wednesday. Dates and times for tryouts and preseason practices are posted on the calendar.

Please come to tryouts dressed and ready to participate by the start time of each session. Bring a water bottle and a healthy bag lunch, unless you are planning to get lunch off-campus. All eligibility documents, including physicals and MSHSL documents should be completed with the Athletic Office prior to August 14. If you have questions regarding eligibility please check the AVHS website at

Abby Loe and Julia Running of NL 16-WhiteApple Valley Teammates Place Second at AAU National Championships

June 26, 2015

Apple Valley Volleyball players Julia Running and Abby Loe, both rising juniors, played this past week with their club team, Northern Lights 16 White, at AAU Girls National Volleyball Championships in the 16 Classic division. There were 152 teams in this division, and NL 16 White advanced to the championship match where they lost in three sets (17-25, 25-18, 10-15) to the #1 seeded team from Sports Performance (Chicago area). NL 16 White finished with a record of 12-2. In addition, Abby was named to the 16 Classic Division All-Tournament Team.

Lexi Kingsley, a rising senior at Apple Valley, also played at AAU Nationals with her club team, Kokoro 17-2, which finished with a record of 8-5 and 34th place of 85 teams in the 17 Classic Division. Colleen Moore, a 2015 graduate of AVHS, played for the M1 18-1s in the 18 Open Division. After a rough start, the M-1 18-1s finished with a 5-7 record, good for 33rd place of 39 teams in the toughest division for the 18's age group. Devan Miliner, another 2015 graduate of AVHS, played for the M1 18-2s in the 18 Classic Division. The M-1 18-2s finished with a 5-5 record in 48th place of 56 teams. Hannah Spektor, an Apple Valley coach, led the M1 17-2s in the 17 Club Division.

If you played at AAU's or USAV Nationals and weren't included in this story, please contact the webmaster and give him the details.

A Word for All AVHS Volleyball Players: Grass!

June 23, 2015

Volleyball nets will be set up on the AVHS lawn along Hayes Road every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:15-12:30. All girls interested in playing volleyball at AVHS for the 2015 season are welcome!

AVVB 2015 Summer Volleyball Camps

April 29, 2015 (Updated June 24)

The AVHS volleyball coaching staff will hold summer volleyball camps in 2015 for youth and high school players July 13-16. There will be three sessions — one for high school players entering grades 9-12 in the morning from 8am-noon, one for youth players entering grades 7-8 in the afternoon from 1-3:30pm, and one for girls entering grades 3-6 from 1-2:30pm.

High school and middle school volleyball players might also consider other summer programs at AVHS like the strength and conditioning program.