OTVA Testimonials

“OTVA has been a second home for me over the past eight years. I truly cannot imagine my life without this club. Mr. Gries has worked hard to create a strong community and great learning environment. It has given me the skill set and mindset to grow as a player, the opportunity to compete at the highest level, and helped me build strong relationships. I am grateful for everything I’ve learned from my coaches and their dedication throughout the recruiting process. Thank you for helping me commit to my dream school and preparing me for the next level!”

– Mila Yarich

“OTVA has played a tremendous part in my life, and I am grateful everyday to be part of this family. It is because of the incredible coaching staff that I am able to attend my dream school and play D1 volleyball. The competitive environment has not only made me the best player I can be, but also a better person. I will cherish the friendships I have made over the past 6 years, and would not trade my time at OTVA for the world.”

– Camryn Carlo

OTVA Clearwater has been our daughter’s 2nd home the last three years. OTVA has provided our daughter all the support she needed to see her dream of playing college volleyball become reality. Excellent coaching, access to competitive teams, driven and professional team mates, intense training, extensive guidance and support have all contributed to her becoming a stronger more well rounded volleyball player. The club is very organized and there’s clear communication from the club to the parents.

– Willem Stegeman & Helene Zwijnenberg

“We were looking for a more competitive volleyball experience and we found it at OTVA.  We have received excellence in coaching, conditioning, and also in our coaches academic expectations for our girls. OTVA puts an emphasis on well rounded individuals. They also encourage participation in High School teams. Our facility teams are a family to us.  We always finds our teams at tournaments and cheer on each other on. All of our families also always look out for all other players when we travel. These relationships extend far beyond volleyball.”

– The Frierson Family

“Excellent staff they work hand in hand to make sure every child learns and improves their skills. My daughter is extremely happy and so am I.”
– Emely Carmona

“Just wanted to thank you for all your efforts in helping these girls find a college to play volleyball. We were close to desperation mode and Mac’s season was nearly over. Aaron kept saying “don’t worry” but of course, I did. The Beast of the Southeast was the magic moment. Sloan Greene wrote a nice piece on Aaron’s team and Mac in particular. Just so happened that Chris Catanach from UT was there at the right time. Mac has a full ride between athletic and academic and is on top of the world. She’s even working for them this summer! With OTVA’s promotion and recognition and Mac’s hard work her dreams have all come true. Aaron pushed her and she loved it. What a great coach and mentor. Have to say the same for Darryl. They were like “good cop, bad cop” and the girls really responded to them.”

– Julie Dufresne

“Thank you so much for all that you have done for my girls. I now have two daughters playing at the D1 level because of you and our OTVA family. Not only were they trained by the best coaches, but they also learned valuable life lessons and made amazing memories and friends that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. You are the best. OTVA is the best. Period.”

– Aimee Walker

“Great volleyball club, great coaching and huge mentors for our children! OTVA provided a strong foundation for my daughter on and off the court as a player and as a person. I’m very thankful she was given an opportunity to be a part of such a great club!”
– Chrissy Stephens

“Our experience for our daughter at OTVA was great. Perfect mixture of competitive environment while maintaining the enjoyment of a competitive sport. Bailey played 4 years at OTVA. She had an incredible mix of coaches that pushed her. Her skills and confidence have grown tremendously. Bailey is now at UCF playing, but I feel like OTVA will still be her home during Christmas and summer breaks. Our coaches truly cared about our daughter. Thank you for all you do Bob!.”

– Stephanie Wilson

“Kyra received three offers this summer – D2 Assumption College (where she committed), D2 Molloy College and D1 St. Francis College. She also received a preferred walk-on roster spot from D1 Quinnipiac, and strong interest from D1 Jacksonville U. To be clear: We are certain that these offers would not have come without OTVA. Both D2 schools made virtually full-ride tuition offers, with significant athletic components. St. Francis was heavier on the academic but did include athletic money. Kyra’s stellar academic record and test scores ended up being just as important as her volleyball acumen, which we figured would be the case. That said: All three of the schools’ coaches said that playing for OTVA was a major factor.”

– Tony Belden

We are so pleased with our daughter’s progress since she joined the OTVA Family. Just when we think she can’t progress any more, her new coach will uncover a skill we didn’t know she had. All of her coaches have done a great job of balancing toughness and tenderness. They want to win while  making a point to engage the girls so they feel like they are a part of a bigger unit.  We have had an amazing experience at OTVA and can’t imagine where our daughter would be without the direction of her coaches.

  – The Thomas Family 

This is my daughter’s 3rd year playing at OTVA and the experience has been fantastic for her!  She has grown as a player and she is blessed to be guided by amazing coaches. Gabi is more confident and stronger because of the great coaching and level of competition that she is getting. It’s wonderful to see her grow every year and super fun to watch the competitive games.

Thank you OTVA for believing in our daughter, we couldn’t be happier with the club.

– Claudia Karman

“Very organized, clean and puts the girls’ first!”
– Christy Atlas Vogel