Biltmore Volleyball Academy to Host the Annual Jr. Hi Neighbor

Biltmore Volleyball Academy (BVA), Western North Carolina’s premier volleyball club, will host the 21st Annual Jr. Hi Neighbor Volleyball Tournament throughout Asheville & the surrounding counties on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.

The two-day tournament draws an estimated 100 teams and 3,500 players, coaches, and their families from throughout the southeast. Jr. Hi Neighbor is the largest volleyball competition in the area for young women ranging in age from 13-18 years old. The matches are open to the public at no cost and are an excellent opportunity to support the local players.

BVA is known for hosting a top-notch tournament and invites all of Asheville to watch the highly skilled volleyball action. Currently, BVA has 12 active teams that compete throughout the Carolina region and beyond, depending upon their abilities and experience. One standout team this season is the BVA 16 Elite team, coached by UNCA volleyball alum standout Jennifer Peterson.

Successful at every tournament they play, the 16 Elites recently returned from the highly competitive Capitol Hill Classic in Washington, D.C. At this national tournament, the 16 Elite women made it to the gold bracket, which included a win over the number 1 ranked team in the event. They finished the Capital Hill Classic 5th out of 64 teams and are now preparing for the Big South National Qualifier Tournament in Atlanta at the end of this month and then on to the Jr. High Neighbor in April. A gold finish at Big South would propel them to the Nationals, held this May in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Our consistent medal placement at tournaments is due in large part to the incredible caliber of coaching we recruit and retain here at BVA,” states the Executive Director, Rhesa Edwards. “We nurture the student- athletes to be the best they can be on and off the court, and many go on to play at the collegiate level.” The current coaching staff includes former & current college coaches including, Frederico Santos (UNC Asheville), Jen Peterson (Mars Hill University) & Rick Banis (formerly Newman University & Limestone College). BVA also has former college players from division I and division II schools such as UNCA, Rutgers, and Florida Tech and top area high school & middle school coaches.

The current coaching staff includes former & current college coaches including, Frederico Santos (UNC Asheville), Jen Peterson (Mars Hill University) & Rick Banis (formerly Newman University & Limestone College). BVA also has former college players from division I and division II schools such as UNCA, Rutgers, and Florida Tech and top area high school & middle school coaches.

To learn more about Biltmore Volleyball Academy and the Jr. Hi Neighbor Volleyball Tournament,  visit them atwww.biltmorevolleyballacademy.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BiltmoreVolleyballAcademy. The tournament action will be held throughout the region, including locations such as Mars Hill College, Asheville High School & Middle School, North Buncombe, AC Reynolds, and Hendersonville High Schools.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment tab and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more almost six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.