White Tank Mountain Volleyball Club (“WTMVC”) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 by its current Director, Paul Vitola, and his wife Donna. WTMVC is a member of the Arizona Region of USA Volleyball. Paul has coached for several years in the AZ Region and is CAP I certified. Paul and Donna founded the Club in order to provide opportunities for girls to play competitive volleyball.
We have offered travel teams the last four years and will continue to do so as we believe that it provides girls the opportunity to play competitive teams from out-of-state and, most importantly, it provides the girls with a great experience. Our travel teams travel together, eat together, sleep together and take the court together. The better the competition you play, the better you become.
The Club started with one 16s team, coached by Paul, playing in the Championship Division of the AZ Region. The team had impressive showings at the 2009 Cactus Classic, finishing in the top division and finished 25th out of 151 teams at the 2009 Northern California Volleyball Association’s President’s Day Tournament. The Club expanded to 3 teams (17N, 14N & 14R) for the 2010 season and Paul stepped back from full time coaching to focus on Directing the Club, highering experienced volleyball coaches, team travel plans and interfacing with the parents. The 17s team played in the Championship Division where it bounced back and forth between the 1st and 2nd Division until succumbing to the injury bug. We could not have been happier with the performance of the 14R and 14N teams. All the girls on those teams were new to the Club. The 14R team started 81st in the 14 Club Division and got better every week and climbed to finish 33rd. The 14N team finished 3rd in the Region and continued on to post-season success, winning the 14 & Under Division at the 2010 Memorial Day Classic hosted by AZ Saguaros, finishing in the top half of the 16s Division of the 2010 Power Tournament and played very well at Volleyball Festival despite injuries to some key players. The 2011 season saw us expand to 6 teams all of which were very competitive. In 2012 we expanded to 10 teams with tremendous success:
12 Region - Silver Division finish in the 12 Club division
15 Region - Won the 16 Club Gold Division
14N1, 15N1, 16N2 & 17N1 - Bronze Division fishes in the Championship Division
- Gold Division finish at the 2012 So. Cal. Qualifier (9th out of 190+)
- Competitor Division finish at 2012 Volleyball Festival (16th overall in 16s division)
- Bronze Division finish in the Open Division.
One of the biggest reasons that WTMVC was founded was due to the belief that Club volleyball should not just be for the privileged. As Club volleyball might not be an economic reality for some families without the ability to fundraise, WTMVC every year offers numerous fundraisers. WTMVC’s fundraisers are completely optional, you can participate if you so choose and the profits you generate go dollar for dollar to reduce your tuition; there are no Club fundraisers and no expectations baked into the fees on fundraising. Some families participate, some do not. Mary Dean, who along with her husband Kenny, our resident handyman, helped the Vitolas found the Club in 2008, serves as the Chairperson for our fundraising activities and has coordinated activities that have helped numerous parents defray part of the cost of playing competitive Club volleyball.
WTMVC provides a safe environment for girls to get together and participate in a team sport. Aside from the obvious benefit of having your daughter in the gym and not in front of the television, there are the added socialization benefits that come from participating in team activities. The Vitola’s have two daughters that participate in Club volleyball and both met some of their best friends on the volleyball court. Our mission statement embodies these concepts:To help our members maximize their athletic potential while developing life skills and life-long friendships through volleyball.Our goal is not to be the cheapest Club, but the best value. Club volleyball fees go to four major areas: (i) Coaches’ compensation, (ii) gym space, (iii) uniforms and (iv) tournament fees. We recruit and higher qualified coaches who are compensated for their time and we negotiate excellent pricing on our gyms and uniforms. Our uniform packages are amongst the best offered and our fees for travel teams include the cost of transportation, lodging and meals to out-of-state tournaments. This year transportation for our 17s and 18s teams is not included other than transportation in Omaha, NE. Paul’s years of business experience and business contacts have helped to keep our cost low and given us the financial flexibility that we may offer all inclusive pricing. What you see at the beginning of the year is what you pay, unless you reduce it through fundraising. We offer some of the longest payment plans available and there are never any hidden costs or charges for overruns. We do what we say we are going to do, period.
Our success over the last five years is very much attributable to our coaches, the great kids and the great parents that we have been blessed to have come to our Club.
Thank you for considering White Tank Mountain Volleyball!