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Volleyball Indian Trail

Carolina Courts Recreational Volleyball allows athletes at all stages of their volleyball journey to be introduced to the skills and strategy necessary to being a strong asset to any team. Carolina Courts Recreational Volleyball doesn't stop there, the more advanced programs allow these fundamentals to be stretched to an overall understanding of the game on a competitive level. The skills taught within the Recreational Level are presented to each athlete in a way that ensures success before advancing to the next step with Carolina Courts Volleyball.

Programs Include: Bronze League | Silver League | Gold League | Boys Silver League

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Carolina Courts Volleyball Camps, Clinics and Training are structured so that every athlete, regardless of skill level, are given the opportunity to hone in their skills so that they can increase their "overall threat" on the court. With more one on one attention, each athlete will receive more individualized instruction that will allow them to reach their full potential.

Programs Include: Skills Clinics | Platinum Small Group Training | United States Performance Center Agility Training

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All volleyball instructors at Carolina Courts are highly qualified! Each instructor has a resume that includes either high school coaching experience, college coaching experience, professional playing experience, college playing experience, or a combination. Below are our top instructors at each location. Each instructor offers one-on-one lessons for those athletes looking to improve a specific skill or increase playing experience.

For more information about volleyball at Indian Trail, contact Deb Balducci:

deb.balducci@carolinacourts.com  |  (704) 882-1115


Indian Trail Volleyball Instructors

Deb Balducci-Executive Director of Volleyball


Deb Balducci

Deb Balducci was a Former Division 1 Scholarship Athlete who played Collegiate Volleyball and graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor's degree in Education.  Deb received the Scholar athlete award her Junior and Senior year.  She was Captain of her Division I Volleyball team which lead the team to the best record in school history:  32-2. 

Deb majored in Physical Education and minored in Coaching. She taught Middle School Physical Education for over 12 years and coached Varsity Boys and Girls High School Volleyball in Florida.  For multiple years she was the Varsity Head Volleyball Coach at Parkwood High School.   Over the past 10 years at Carolina Courts, she has worked with all ages in our In House Leagues and all levels of Travel Club Volleyball.  She has grown our program to something to be proud of and continues to grow volleyball in Charlotte by expanding the program to multiple locations. 

Debbie and her coaches also offers one on one personal training for any athlete that would like to take their game to the next level. Carolina Courts offers high level technical coaching, a phenomenal and friendly staff, a beautiful clean and safe facility.  She continually strives to grow our programs which include: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Boys Volleyball, and Recreation and Travel Competitive Sand Volleyball Club programs for our Youth.  


Brenda Meadows-Lead Coach Indian Trail

Brenda Meadows has been involved in the sport of volleyball for over 30 years. She is a USA Volleyball IMPACT Certified Coach and brings experience from several facets of the game -- as a player, coach, administrator, recruiter liaison, player-parent, and spectator. She co-founded a local AAU travel/club team, recruited players, assisted in tryout evaluations and player selections. In addition, she coordinated collegiate training for club players and communicated with college coaches for player recruitment. She served as Interim Head Coach for the 17U team leading the team to their season best performance in the Open Division at Capitol Hill Classic National tournament. Prior to her Club experience, she coached at Weddington Middle School, finishing 3rd in the Conference and also coached in a recreational league developing players' skills and passion for the game. 



Gaby Garcia

High School Experience: Played varsity volleyball all 4 years of high school. Played on the Puerto Rico national team for 3 years, club volleyball for 7 years.

College Experience: Played two years of Division I college volleyball (North Dakota State University) before suffering knee injury. Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources.

Coaching Experience: Coached local volleyball camps in high school and college. Joined Carolina Courts in 2017 coaching Silver and Gold levels.  

Gaby is originally from San Juan, PR. She moved to Charlotte in 2016 where she currently plays indoor and sand adult volleyball leagues.

"I am excited to be part of the Carolina Courts coaching staff and share my knowledge and passion for the sport with young players!" 

Sarah Robertson

Player Experience: 4 Years experience as Division II Volleyball player for the University of Mount Olive. 3 Years experience player for Troon ladies Volleyball Club. Top club in Scotland women's division 1. Selected for the Scottish National team at 16 and represented Scotland on several occasions for two years before moving to the US to play college volleyball. High school team captain and lead my high school to national title. 

Coaching Experience: 3 Years of High School level Coaching as Head Varsity Volleyball Coach. 2 seasons of Club coaching experience. 

Why I Coach: I love coaching because it allows me to keep volleyball a part of my life. Volleyball opened so many doors for me as a young woman and is the reason I traveled across the world to play college volleyball and earn my degree. I also love to coach because it gives me the opportunity to work with young people and hopefully help volleyball become their passion and open doors for their future success. 

Brooke Davis

Playing Experience: 

I began playing volleyball at age 10 and played for Marvin Ridge High School and competitive club volleyball for 5 years.

Coaching Experience:

I have coached camps, bronze and silver leagues at Carolina Courts for 4 years.

Why I Coach:

I coach to help the girls discover the same love for volleyball that I was able to find. Developing them into stronger players while also watching the girls create new friendships is my favorite part.


Daniella Balducci

Playing Experience:  Daniella started her volleyball career playing for our In house programs at Carolina Courts.  She played on the semi national club team for Peak/CUVC.   Daniella also played on Varsity for 3 years at Parkwood High School and her senior year received an All Conference award and Rebel Pride and Leadership awards. 

College Experience:   Daniella plays collegiate volleyball for Pfeiffer University.  

Coaching Experience:  She has been coaching for 3 years in camps and programs, and she loves helping the athletes grow. She want to be able to pass on my knowledge to the athletes and help them fall in  love with the game of volleyball.  



KAITLYN BROWN

Playing Experience:   I started playing volleyball when I was twelve years old. I have 10 years experience on the court, between middle school, high school, club and travel.

College Experience:  I was offered to play in college but wanted to instead focus on academics and turned down the offer. I turned to coaching at eighteen years old and have been coaching for 4 years now.

Why I Coach?

I coach because it gives me the opportunity to still be involved in a sport that got me through a lot of tough times in my life, growing up. I want to give others the same experience, lessons and rewards I gained from other teammates, coaches and friends when I played and grew up. The memories will always be there and those are something I never want to lose. Volleyball is a passion of mine and I want to push athletes to the best of their abilities. Having just graduated form college as well, allows me more time to focus on coaching as a whole and to stay busy and active


Lydia Fisher

Lydia played for her Providence High School Volleyball Team.  She has also played on multi level National Club teams as she has grown up here at Carolina Courts.

  Lydia has now transitioned to being one of our Youth Coaches.  She has leadership roles in Reffing for our Silver Volleyball Program and now is Coaching our youth camps, bronze and silver Athletes.  She is an excellent role model for our athletes and a great coach!


Kelly Guinn

Playing Experience: I played JV volleyball as a starter in 7th and 8th grade, V as a starter and captain in 9th -12th grade as a setter and DS finishing up my high school career with multiple awards.

Coaching Experience: 

I coached JV and V for 3 years at Tabernacle Christian school bringing them to the state championships for the first time in a decade. I coached MS, JV and V for 1 year at First Assembly Christian school finishing with the MS 1st in conference and V 2nd in conference.  This is my 2nd season here at Carolina courts coaching the silver and gold teams 

Why I Coach:  I have had a love for volleyball early in my childhood and it has grown more over the years . I truly love being a part of this wonderful sport and helping these athletes be their  best .



Torie Manning

 

Playing Experience:

Torie Manning is a passionate volleyball player and coach.  She was a 4-yr Varsity All-Conference player for United Faith Christian Academy. She continued her career playing for Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Torie received several conference accolades during her high school and college career. 

Coaching Experience:

Torie began her coaching career as head coach over 10 years ago for Lake Norman Volleyball Club followed by coaching JV High School for Woodland School in Davidson, NC. and now enjoys coaching for Carolina Courts.

Why I coach?

One of my greatest accomplishments is seeing a player grow in character and confidence both on and off the court. 


Carena Meadows


Carena Meadows

High School Experience: Positions include middle, outside hitter, and defensive specialist at Weddington High School 

Club Experience: Played for Carolina Union Volleyball Club (CUVC) on 14U, 15U, and 16U National.  Currently plays on 17s Elite team for Charlotte Powerhouse Volleyball Club (CPVC).  

Awards: In the 3A Southern Carolina Conference Carena received Lead Blocker for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, Lead Hitter 2014-2015, 2014 All Conference; Union County Weekly's Volleyball Super Team in January 2015.

Coaching Experience: Coached 8-9 year olds for Union Volleyball Club Rec League.

In addition to volleyball participation, she serves as the Athletic Director's Assistant with Greater Providence Basketball League.



Kylie Walker

Playing Experience:

I have played volleyball since I was in Fourth grade at Carolina Courts, played all in middle school on the team and 3 years of high school at Porter Ridge.

Coaching Experience:

2019 was my first year coaching and I fell in love with it!  Kylie is doing a great job with our Bronze and Silver athletes.  

Why I coach?

The reason I decided to coach was to help girls fall in love with the sport like I did.


Megan Widener

School playing experience:

7th/8th grade – White Knoll Middle School Volleyball

9th grade – White Knoll High School JV

10th-12th – White Knoll High School Varsity

-Club volleyball:

Magnum Volleyball Club 7th-12th grade

-College:

4 years at Southern Wesleyan University S/DS

Beach Volleyball - Graduate year at Jacksonville University

Coaching experience:

2012-2014 Carolina one volleyball club

2014-2016 Crossfire volleyball club

2016-2018 Magnum volleyball club

Why do I coach?:

I love watching athletes grow and I love helping athletes use their potential to reach their goals. Now that I’m done playing college volleyball, I get to share my passion with those who are learning to love the game just like I learned.


Scott Rau


Scott Rau

Collegiate Experience: Captain and Outside Hitter for the Michigan State Mens Volleyball team. Played amateur and then professional beach volleyball on various tours in the US and Canada.  

Coaching Experience: Coaching at Arborbrook Christian Academy for the past 3 years. Coached girls gold league and sand volleyball at Carolina Courts. Currently the assistant coach at Carolina Courts for the 14u regional girls team. Previously coached girls varsity at Stevenson High School and Henry Ford High School in Sterling Heights, MI.  

Scott loves both indoor and outdoor volleyball, and enjoys spending time playing and coaching his kids at Carolina Courts!  He graduated from Michigan State University long before rally scoring was implemented (played sideout scoring!) and works as a Pharmaceutical Rep here in Charlotte.  



Keenan Freitas

High School Experience:

I grew up in a volleyball family, so I took a liking to the sport at an early age; all my aunts and uncles played at the college level or professionally. I started playing in elementary school, then soon joined a club/travel team where my skills really started to improve and develop. I started on my high school team in Hawaii all four years earning multiple athletic achievements and setting many school records statistically.

College Experience:

 I decided to pursue volleyball at the college level and got a scholarship to play all four years at Lees-McRae College as a Libero. After graduating I still play volleyball almost every weekend whether that be grass doubles/triples or indoor. I coached several middle school teams while I was in high school as well as assist our girls varsity high school team

Why I Coach?

I'm glad to be coaching again, especially at CC so I can help pass on my knowledge of the game to the younger generation.  


Brittany Blackburn

HAYLEY MCNEILL

High School Experience:  Coach Hayley started her career playing Volleyball at Carolina Courts in our in house programs and played competitive club ball through her High School Career.   She played for Porter Ridge High School and made a championship appearance in 3 of her 4 years at Porter Ridge.  Her senior year she was Defensive Player of the Year, Porter Ridge Player of the Year, and Max Prep player of the match 7 times and set the school and conference record with 655 digs in a season.  Hayley was also named to the Under Armour All-American Watch list.  

Collegiate Experience:  Hayley was recruited and played Division I volleyball at UNC Charlotte.  

Coaching Experience: Coach Hayley started her coaching career at Carolina Courts in various inhouse leagues starting in 2016.  She now has moved to Concord and coaches for our Concord location.  

Why I coach?  I coach because I love the game and want to share my passion with others.  Hayley has graduated from UNCC with an elementary education degree and is now teaching and coaching.



VICTORIA CARTER

I lettered at Lincoln Charter High School for all three years that I attended. My Freshman year I played Varsity and JV and won MVP for Varsity

 I played Middle and Right Side at Catawba Valley Community College for two years; both seasons resulted in consecutive championships in the Carolina- Virginia Conference and in Region X. After battling with a concussion my sophomore year, I transferred to Montreat College as a Middle where I red-shirted for my Junior season. My final year of collegiate volleyball I played Middle, Right Side, and Outside. 

 This is my seventh year as a coach and my second year with Carolina Courts! I have coached throughout my collegiate career, volunteered as an assistant at Forrest Hills High School, coached bronze, silver, and gold for Carolina Courts; as well as coaching private lessons, camps and clinics. I am also excited to add CUVC to my coaching resumé this season!

Why do I love coaching- Volleyball has been an intrinsic part of my self identity for as long as I can remember. For me volleyball has provided not only a path to higher education but also an encouraging and athletic outlet. I have learned hard and important life lessons throughout my years of being a player and love helping others learn both volleyball skills and skills which can be applied in various life situations as a coach. Volleyball has always been a source of joy and engagement for me which I work diligently to pass onto my players. Furthermore I love the game and enjoy learning and understanding the game deeper as I continue to grow into my own as a coach!



TJ Forsythe

Playing Experience:  Professional Volleyball Player| Graduated from and played 4 years of volleyball at Liberty University in VA with a degree in Digital Media /  From Macungie, PA 
 
Coaching Experience:  TJ has coached many levels, and is currently a Travel Club Coach for our 16U team.  TJ is also going to be spearheading our Boys Volleyball Program.


Kathryn Hooks


Kathryn Rogers

Collegiate Experience: Played for Montreat College

Kathryn grew up in Destin, Florida playing sand volleyball.  It wasn’t until her junior year of High School she began playing indoors. She graduated in 2014 and will be attending UNCC summer of 2015.

Coach Kathryn played Collegiate Volleyball for Montreat College.  At Carolina Courts she has Coached a 17 National Club team, 14 Regional teams, and all our Inhouse Bronze, Silver, and Gold teams.  


Brenda Meadows

Brenda Meadows has been involved in the sport of volleyball for over 30 years. She is a USA Volleyball IMPACT Certified Coach and brings experience from several facets of the game -- as a player, coach, administrator, recruiter liaison, player-parent, and spectator. She co-founded a local AAU travel/club team, recruited players, assisted in tryout evaluations and player selections. In addition, she coordinated collegiate training for club players and communicated with college coaches for player recruitment. She served as Interim Head Coach for the 17U team leading the team to their season best performance in the Open Division at Capitol Hill Classic National tournament. Prior to her Club experience, she coached at Weddington Middle School, finishing 3rd in the Conference and also coached in a recreational league developing players' skills and passion for the game. 


Vanessa Blas


Stephen Melton

Playing Experience: 
I started playing club at age 11. I played for Carolina Storm until I was 13 and played for Carolina Union Volleyball Club until I was 18. I played 2 years at Winkler Middle School then spent 4 years on Varsity at Jay M. Robinson High School. I attended Newberry College to play volleyball from August of 2017 to February of 2019. I recently re-committed to play at Limestone College for the next 2 years.

Coaching Experience: My parents John and Judi Blas met playing volleyball. I have been around them playing and coaching ever since. I began coaching on my own in March of 2019.

Why I Coach:   I enjoy coaching because it is an opportunity to make a difference in a player’s life on and off the court. It allows you to impact players and their families while teaching them the art of the game.


WIN EVANS

Playing Experience

High School: Evanston Juniors 1984 to 1988

  • At that time, boy’s volleyball basically didn’t exist in Illinois, so we played against men year-round…which in hindsight sure helped us progress quickly.
  • 1987 we won AAU’s boys’ 17-under
  • 1987 we took 3rd place at USVBA Junior Nationals
  • 1988 we won AAU’s boys’ 17-under, and boys’ 19-under
  • 1988 we took 5th place at USVBA Junior Nationals

College:  Penn State 1988 to 1992

  • 1989, 1991, and 1992 we went to the Final Four
  • Each of those years we lost the semi-final match and then won the consolation round (3rd place overall)
  • In 1991 I made the US Olympic Festival (in Minneapolis that year)…the big news at that event was some huge men’s basketball player with a name I’d never heard before “Shaquille”

Post college:  Played one year at the Open level and decided the last 8 years of year-round volleyball was all I had in the tank.

Coaching Experience

In college I volunteer coached H.S. boys, 15-under team.   I believe that was 1990 (+/-) a year.

Post-college:  coached a girl’s H.S. beach volleyball class the summer of 1992.

2018: was the head coach of boys 7th grade volleyball team at St. Joseph school, in Wilmette IL.   The boys competed in a league primarily made up of 8th grade boys.   Only one guy on the squad had ever been exposed to the sport before.  They finished above .500 for the season.   A good experience for all involved.

Why I coach

While I’ve been away from the sport for a while, I found that in coaching my son in 2018 and now teaching my daughter the basics, that my love of the game hasn’t ever diminished.  I fell in love with the game originally because of the beauty of the sport, and more importantly the level of teamwork that is needed to succeed.

I coach because I believe it is one of the greatest sports for young people.  It provides them the opportunity to learn how to push their own boundaries (all of the skills have to be learned from square one and they are so disparate) and how to thrive in a team environment.

 


Stefanie Shiramizu


Stefanie Shiramizu

High School Experience: 3 year varsity letter winner for Okemos High School. Voted All Conference, All Region, and All State honors. Lansing State Journal Dream Team. 2x Team Captain. Team MVP. 

College Experience: Graduated from Michigan State University as a defensive specialist in 2013, Stefanie helped the Spartans make multiple post-season NCAA tournament appearances, including her senior season beating the defending national champions, the UCLA Bruins, to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16. Also an Academic-All Big 10 honoree. 

Post Collegiate: After graduating Stef spent a year participating in the USA PVL professional indoor league for "Sound Premier" in Seattle WA, where her team finished 13th nationally.

Coaching Experience: Volunteer Assistant Coach at Seattle University, in Seattle, WA. Head coach of the 14-National Team at Premier Volleyball Academy, in Maumee OH.  Coach for All-American Volleyball Camps, and has spent the last year coaching at Carolina Courts! 

Volleyball is more than just a sport. It helps teach kids the meaning of teamwork, responsibility, and discipline, while also developing confidence and problem solving skills that have been a major key to my own success on and off the court. I'm passionate about influencing young girls the way my coaches did for me and showing them how amazing this sport can be.


Wendy Teska

Wendy is excited to be here at Carolina Courts for her 3rd season, after moving here from Wisconsin, where she has worked with players of all ages in house and club/travel teams.

Experience: With a passion for playing Volleyball discovered as an adult and a background in teaching emergency medicine and fitness training Wendy found coaching Volleyball to be a natural fit.

Wendy is the current JV volleyball coach for Butler High School.  Prior to moving from Wisconsin Wendy coached volleyball for six years with an area club/travel team “Burlington Elite”, she coached as well at the local middle school for those same six years and with the local rec program.

Siddyca Harris

Playing Experience: 

I was introduced to volleyball at age 13. I began my volleyball career in middle school, from there I played travel league volleyball at Carolina courts and throughout my high school career playing junior varsity and Varsity.

Coaching Experience: 

After high school I began to assist my younger sister as she now continues to play at the collegiate level. I realized that being a coach and playing from the side line lead me to recognize a hidden talent, coaching!  I since have proven to be second to none as a support person and advice professional.