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Club Iowa began as a clinic to help young athletes become exposed to the sport of volleyball in 2009. Quickly growing in popularity and size, it was realized by Co-Directors Kalani and Chris Mahi that they had something very special. In an effort to serve more athletes in the Cedar Valley and beyond, it was decided to form teams and compete in USA-sanctioned junior volleyball tournaments.

In the inaugural 2010-2011 season, Club Iowa offered seven teams from 11U-16U. Though not attempting to qualify for Nationals in their first club season, each team won several tournaments throughout the year. ;In just it's second season CIA fielded a total of 12 teams from 11U to 18U. The amount of success within the organization in only it’s second year was definitely reason to celebrate. Club Iowa qualified three teams for the National Championship in Columbus, OH. Those three teams included 12Black, 17Silver and 18Black. In the 2012-2013 season, Club Iowa again trained a total of 12 teams and had four teams compete at the National Championships in Dallas, TX. Those four teams were 14Black, 15Black, 16Black and 18Black. CIA 13Black won a National Championship on the Navy Pier in Chicago at the Asics National Championships in 2013 as well.

The 2013-2014 season proved to be the most successful season yet. Training a total of 14 teams, CIA saw success at all levels in both it's regional and national teams. Some of the highlights from our teams competing on the national scene include the following; Winter Classic in Milwaukee - 13Black finished 2nd, 14Black finished 1st, 15Black finished 5th, 16Black finished 3rd, 17Black finished 1st and 18Black finished 3rd. Northern Lights January Thaw - 13Black finished 12th, 14Black finished 1st and 14Silver finished 5th and 15Black finished Omaha President's Day - 14Black finished 3rd, 15Black finished 5th, 16Black finished 2nd, 17Black finished 1st and 18Black finished 9th. Colorado Crossroads Qualifier - 15Black finished 1st. The Showcase in the Wisconsin Dells - 14Black finished 17th and 17Black finished 5th. Mideast Qualifier in Indianapolis - 16Black finished 17th in the USA Division and 17Black finished 1st in the USA Division. Iowa Regionals - 11Black finished 1st, 12Black finished 1st, 13Black finished 4th, 14Black finished 3rd, 15Black finished 3rd, 16Black finished 9th, 17Black finished 4th, and 18Black finished 6th.

CIA was represented by three teams at the Asics National Championships in Chicago June 16th and 17th, 2014. 12Black had a great tournament and finished in 5th place. 14Silver finished their season strong with a record of 5-1 and in 3rd place. Finally, 16Silver closed out their season with several wins and a 9th place finish at Asics.

The 2014 National Championship was held in Minneapolis, MN. CIA 14Black was the first team to compete and finished strong with an 8-2 record in the National Division. CIA 15Black qualified for the American division by winning the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier (154 teams in this division). They had a great tournament in Minneapolis and finished with a record of 7-2 and in 5th place of the American division. Setter Becca Pagel was named to the All-Tournament team. CIA 13Black competed in the American division and finished in 33rd place. Finally, 17Black had an amazing tournament going 10-0 and WINNING A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE 17 USA DIVISION! CIA 17Black setter Sarah Renner and middle hitter Piper Thomas were named to the All-Tournament team with setter Hali Hillegas being named the tournament MVP.

2015 proved to be another successful season sending mutiple teams to Nationals which were held in New Orleans, LA. CIA 18Black qulaified in the Open division by finishing 3rd at the ShowMe Qualifier in Kansas City, MO. 17Black qualified in the National division by finishing 2nd at Iowa Regionals. 16Black qualified in the National divison by winning Iowa Regionals. 15Black qualified in the National division by winning Iowa Regionals. CIA 14Black received a reallocation bid from the Region and competed in the Amercian divsion.  One of the highlights for all CIA teams in New Orleans was CIA 15Black finishing 3rd in the Nation in the National division and having two players named to the All-Tournamnet team.  Outside hitter, Lolo Weideman and setter, Tayah Mahi were both named All-Americans in the National divsion in 2015.

CIA Directors Kalani and Chris Mahi couldn't be more thrilled with the success of the program in such a short time. They believe it is through the focus of the development of strong technical skill, high level systems training and as well as the caring and nurturing of our athletes that has allowed for success. It is a very exciting time to be a part of Club Iowa. The coaches provide an atmosphere where learning and excelling are both fun and challenging. Emphasis is placed on developing the complete athlete in all aspects of the game. Club Iowa will continue to strive to provide an opportunity for athletes just beginning in the sport of volleyball to the athlete focused on winning a National Championship.

 

 
 
 
 
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