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Dennis Palpallatoc

Owner/Director

18-1 Phiten

Palpallatoc

Dennis Palpallatoc is the owner and head coach of 951 Elite. Dennis has over 20 years of successful coaching experience at all the different levels. He was voted the 1996 National Coach of the Year after winning an NCCAA National Championship with Christian Heritage College. He has coached many top ranked club teams including winning a National Title in 2005 with his Vintage 17-1 Team. As a player he was a Gold Medalist at the 1991 US National Championships with Team Nike/Paul Mitchell.

dennis@951elitevb.org

Robin Reese

12-1

18-1 Phiten Asst.

Robin is the Head Coach at Fallbrook High School. She has 5 years club coaching experience at different age levels in San Diego County and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Robin played club for various San Diego County Clubs starting in 6th grade. The last 3 years of club played for Club Pacific/Kaepa San Diego on their top team, that consistently remained in the top 10 for SCVA. Robin set for Fallbrook High School as a 4 year varsity starter. She earned many honors for the Warriors, 3-time All-Palomar League selection, All CIF honors twice, Top 25 honors for San Diego Union Tribune twice, Coach's award twice, CIF all Tournament honors, earned team MVP Junior and Senior seasons, 1st team San Diego County twice, and 1st team CIF as a Junior and Senior. Robin earned a full athletic scholarship from New Mexico State University and set for the Aggies from 1998-2000. During her three seasons for the Aggies her career high was tallying 73 assists against the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She still holds the NMSU record for assists in a 4-game match, 71. She had to retire her senior season due to a back injury. Robin spent countless hours through out her club years training with Dennis Papallatoc in private and group sessions. She learned how to effectively run an offense and is excited to bring that knowledge along with her knowledge of setting to the 951 Elite Family. Robin lives in Fallbrook with her husband, Trey, and their 2 kids, Nellie 8, and Cooper,6

Eryn Leja

18-1 Phiten Asst.

nopic Vanguard Head Coach Eryn Leja ends her first season as a collegiate head coach after making an impressive debut with only the VU volleyball program's second winning GSAC record and tying the highest GSAC finish in program history (10-8, tied for 4th). She also helped guide the Lions to the program's second NAIA Opening Round victory and third NAIA National Tournament Final Site appearance. Leja will soon turn her attention to replacing VU's large senior class, hoping to select a group of recruits that will mesh well with a solid core of returners, including a handful of freshmen who contributed significantly this season. As a player, Eryn spent two seasons at College of the Desert, where she led the program as a two-time team captain.She garnered first-team all-conference recognition in both campaigns, and earned the team MVP award twice. In addition, Leja was awarded COD's Female "Athlete of the Year" in 2007. Following her time at College of the Desert, Leja attended U.C. Riverside, where she redshirted in 2007. Leja then transferred to Chapman University the following year, and played two seasons for the Panthers. As a senior in 2009-2010, Leja was named a team captain and earned second-team All-Independent conference honors. Leja was also a successful coach during her playing career. In 2009, Leja was an assistant coach for the 951 Elite 17's, who captured a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in Miami, Florida. The following season, she continued in her role for the Elite 18's. Leja has also coached two seasons for the Desert Sports Volleyball Club in Palm Desert, California. "I love the family-like atmosphere of Vanguard," Leja stated. "As well as the values, morals, and character of the individuals I will be working with." Leja graduated from Chapman in 2010, and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Sports Administration. Leja is single and lives in Huntington Beach.

Jessica Walker

17-1

Jessica Walker Jessica Walker was named the Head Coach for the Hope International Women's Volleyball program in January 2012. Walker joins the Royals coaching staff with numerous coaching experiences at the high school level and as part of the 951 Elite Volleyball Club staff. Athletic Director John Turek stated, "Jessica is an outstanding volleyball coach. Her energy will inject new life into our volleyball program. Her ties with the 951 club should enhance our recruiting opportunities." Coach Walker simply said, "I am excited and looking forward to working hard." Most of her coaching expertise comes from working with the 951 Elite Volleyball Club- one of the premier volleyball clubs in the Inland Empire. After spending two and half years working with the 17-2 team including as the head coach for 7 months, Walker is currently the Head Coach of the 15-1 team while serving as the assistant on the 18-1 team. Off the roster of her 17-2 team, five girls have gone on to play college volleyball including one at a NCAA Division I school. Even with taking over the Royals job she will continue to coach with the 951 teams. In the high school ranks, Walker has coached the past two seasons as the Varsity coach at her alma mater Redlands High School. Last year, she led the Terriers to a 14-10 record that included a trip to the CIF playoffs. Her dad, Jim Walker, has been the head football coach at RHS since 1992. Prior to coaching at RHS, Walker spent a year coaching varsity at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, CA. The Wolves finished 13-12 while also advancing to the CIF playoffs under her care. Walker spent her final three collegiate years playing for the University of Redlands. She left her mark on the Bulldogs' program as she finished 4th all-time in career assists with 1,363. Her placement so high on the All-Time list is made even more impressive knowing she split her first two years as an outside hitter and setter. Her 722 assists as a Senior rank fourth all-time in a single season at UR. With Walker running the offense, the Bulldogs advanced to the Regional Finals for the first time in school history in 2006. She began her college playing days at Cal State San Bernardino. As a member of the Coyotes, they reached the NCAA Division II National Semi-Finals. Educationally, Walker earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Redlands in 2007. Coach Walker resides in Redlands, CA, and attends Oak Valley Church.

Jon Mosbacher

14-1

17-1 Asst.

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Jolynn Faatulu

16-1

14-1 Asst.

nopic I started playing volleyball back in 1990 in Long Beach, California. Played club volleyball for Ichiban VBC for 5 years and 4 out of those 5 years we finished top 5 and we were Junior Olympic Champions as well. For 4 years I made the All American teams, and my sophomore year was named Most Valuable Player. I attended Long Beach Poly High School and after, received a full scholarship to Arizona State University. While playing in college, I started coaching club volleyball for Arizona East Valley Juniors for about 11 years. While living in Arizona, I coached girls and boys at the club, high school and Junior College level. Throughout those years, I’ve led and assisted teams to numerous regional and state championships at different age levels. In 2009 we moved back to California where my husband, Kurstan and I started coaching for Dennis at 951 Elite VBC.

Tom Ranney

15-1

Website Design

Tom Ranney Updated bio coming soon

Ron Brown

18-Ron

nopic Coach Ron started his coaching career in Michigan in 1993 as an assistant at Anchor Bay high school where he graduated the year before. In 1997 moved to San diego to pursue volleyball at a higher level, soon thereafter meeting Dennis Palpalatoc and assisting him at San Diego VBC. Ron stayed at SDVBC for 6 years including a few top 16 finishes at the volleyball Festival. Ron’s first season with 951 he led the 17-2 team to a 4th place finish at the volleyball festival. Now in his 4th season with 951 Ron is coaching the 18-Ron team. Ron is the assistant coach and Recruiting coordinator for San Diego Christian college.

Stephan Kaas

16-2

nopic Coach Stephen Kaas began his volleyball career as a setter at Elsinore High School. After Graduation he attended Ricks College, while at Ricks College he was the starting setter on the Men’s team and an assistant coach for the nationally ranked women’s team. After he earned his A.S. in Sports Medicine he transferred to BYU. While at BYU he coached at Jordan High School, helping Jordan qualify for the State tournament. After the birth of his first son, Stephen moved his family back to Southern California. While attending Cal State San Bernardino, Stephen served as an Assistant coach for their nationally ranked team. That team made it to the regional finals. Stephen then accepted a teaching and coaching position at Paloma Valley High School. He took a 2 year break from coaching at Paloma to coach with at RCC. While at RCC, the Tigers were ranked in the top 25 and made the state playoffs. Stephen returned to Paloma Valley and his team won the Sunbelt League title in 2011. While at Paloma Valley, he coached the Boys’ team for 3 seasons. He has coached at 951 Elite since 2005.

Kursten Olaso

16-1 Asst.

nopic Updated bio coming soon

Carrie Hamilton

15-1 Asst.

nopic Updated bio coming soon

Christie Allen

13-1

nopic I started playing volleyball when I was 9 years old at impact volleyball club. I played on elite teams at 951 for 3 years and played varsity volleyball for 4 years at Corona High School. I then played at Sonoma State University and Irvine Valley College. The year I played at Irvine Valley I received first team all conference. I am now in the process of receiving a Liberal Studies Major at California State University San Marcos. This is currently my third year coaching at 951 Elite Volleyball Club. I have coached 18s, 15s, 14s and 12s. This year I am coaching a 14s travel team.

Amanda Mendoza

16-3

nopic Updated bio coming soon

Hannah Francescon

Asst. Trainer

nopic Updated bio coming soon

Kristi Bishop

Locals

Rover

nopic • I have a love for Volleyball and have played for over 12 years of my life • I played Club Volleyball for 6 years (from the time I was 11 years old) • I also played Beach Volleyball Tournaments throughout my Junior High School and Senior High School Years • In High School, I played on the Varsity Team and was a starting player my Freshman thru Senior Years • Although I love playing the Outside Hitting position, I have played all of the positions and enjoy every aspect of Volleyball • I was MVP all 4 Years of High School, 1st Team All-League and Ranked in the Top 10 in North County • It has been a privilege to be a part of 951 as a Coach for the past 2 years. I love teaching/training other’s to play Volleyball and am thankful to be a part of this awesome Volleyball Club!

Clarnetta Madden

18-Ron Asst.

nopic Updated bio coming soon

Meredith Schamun

Asst. Coach

nopic Meredith has been playing volleyball for 12 years. She began playing in 6th grade, continued to play in high school and college and hopes to continue her career overseas. She played high school volleyball as well as club for several years before being selected for SCVA High Performance teams that traveled to Utah and parts of Europe in the summers of 2005 and 2006. At the conclusion of her junior year, she committed to Rice University in Houston, TX on a full athletic scholarship and signed the following year. Meredith had a successful college volleyball career at Rice as a four-year starter for the Owls. In her sophomore (2008) and junior (2009) seasons she was selected to Conference-USA First Team, AVCA All-Midwest Regional Team, and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention. In 2008, College Volleyball Update (CVU.com) named her one of the nation’s top five setters. In 2009, CVU.com named her National Setter of the Year in addition to National Player of the Week for the week of November 23rd. Furthermore, she led her team to a win in the conference championship and was named Conference USA Championship MVP and C-USA Co-Setter of the Year. She ended the season ranked 3rd in NCAA for assists/set. The Rice Owls received a bid to the NCAA tournament in 2008 and secured a spot in the 2009 NCAA tournament with an outright conference win. In her last season as an Owl (2010) she became the all-time assist leader for Rice, collecting 5,190 assists in her career. In addition to playing, Meredith has coached for the past 5 years. She coached summer camps at Rice for all ages and skill level including top recruits who attend Elite Camp at the conclusion of the summer each year. Meredith graduated from Rice in May 2010 with a bachelor of science in both Health Sciences and Policy Studies with an area focus in Healthcare Management. She hopes to continue playing volleyball overseas in Europe this coming fall.

Lauren Evans

16-2 Asst.

12-1 Asst.

nopic Played 3 years of club volleyball at Vintage/951 Elite. Graduated from Temescal Canyon High School in 2007. Played 2 years at Concordia University, Irvine where the team finished 3rd in NAIA in 2007 and 2nd in NAIA in 2008. Transferred after my sophomore year to West Virginia University. Made 6 All Tournament teams in 2 seasons, WVU Athlete of the Week twice, Big East Honor Roll twice. Was a member of WVU Athletic Honor Roll for 2 years. Team Captian during senior season. Graduated in 2011 with a degree in Multidisciplinary Studies.

Sydney Keeney

Locals

14-3

nopic Played varsity high school volleyball as right side hitter for Churchill high school in Eugene Oregon. Played indoor club volleyball on 18-1s for stormn west volleyball and sand club volleyball for Webfoot. Started my coaching career as a senior in high school for a local 6th grade team and recently moved to California to coach for 951 elite volleyball club. Sydney currently assistant coaches a 13 travel team and a co-coaches a 14s local team. She is looking forward to getting more involved within the club coaching scene.

Aimee Britton

Asst. Coach

nopic Aimee began playing volleyball her freshman year at Murrieta Valley High School. She transferred to Vista Murrieta her sophomore year, and joined 951 when she was 16 years old. After high school she went on to play at Irvine Valley College. She began coaching at the 14’s age division when she was 18 years old. She then moved back to Murrieta and coached the 15-1’s at Park Center Volleyball Club before she joined the 951 coaching staff last year where she assisted the 18-2’s. She is now assisting with the 17-1’s and hopes to further her coaching career with the 951 family.

Kip Yoshimura

Club Advisor

nopic Coach Yoshimura is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled volleyball coaches in the junior club ranks with over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience. He has served as the Head Coach at NAIA national power Lewis-Clark State (ID) for nine years and NCAA Division I Gonzaga University (WA) for seven, compiling an overall collegiate record of 309-223. In his career Yoshimura was selected NAIA Region Coach of the Year six times and developed a total of sixteen All-America, twenty-five All-Region, fifty All-Conference and twenty-one All-Scholar honorees. Most recently he was the Head Assistant Coach at the University of California, Davis in 2009. Nationally recognized as a skills instructor his volleyball camps at Gonzaga University attracted over 1,000 participants annually from throughout the country. As a junior club coach, Yoshimura’s clubs and teams have competed at the highest levels, including USAV Junior Olympic medals in both boy’s and girl’s divisions. Over 100 of his junior players have gone on to play successfully at the collegiate level. At 951 Elite Volleyball Club Coach Yoshimura has been Head Coach for the 17-1 (2010) and 16-1 (2011), while also serving as an Assistant Coach for various teams the past three seasons. In addition, Yoshimura has worked with most every team and player at 951 Elite with their technical skill development. As an Associate Director for the club he works with club President and Head Coach Dennis Palpallatoc on coordinating, advising, educating and making contacts for the college recruiting process for 951 Elite athletes.

Chris Leek

16-3 Asst.

Boys

nopic Chris Leake began playing volleyball in the sixth grade and was a setter through his high school years. Upon graduation he attended Cal State San Bernardino and played for the men’s volleyball team as an opposite/right side hitter. After earning his B.A. in finance, he began work on his teaching credential and Master’s Degree in Education. While working towards the completion of these programs, he was an assistant coach of women’s volleyball at San Bernardino Valley College for three years. As well coaching, Chris spent years playing throughout California in men’s open indoor and outdoor six man and doubles tournaments. Chris moved to Murrieta in 2004 with his wife, son and two daughters and has been an Elementary school teacher for the last 17 years. While away from the game for a few years, Chris is excited to be back and involved with volleyball at 951 Elite.

Denise Van de Mortel

Asst. Coach

nopic Updated bio coming soon

Alex Davis

Locals

Rover

nopic Playing Experience: 2000 Fell in love with volleyball at 12 years old by playing club-locals. The following year I advanced to competitive club, continuing to play throughout high school. 2002-2006 Played for the Warriors at Calvary Murrieta Christian High School as a middle blocker and right-side hitter. As a sophomore, I became a three year varsity player and helped our team in being Big Sky League Champions 2003-2006. In 2006, the Warriors were runner up for the CIF championships. (Graduated in 2007) 2008-09 Played at Palomar College for 2 yrs as a RS/MB (utility) player. Contributed to the Comets winning the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title, two years in a row. 2010 spinal surgery, took off time to recover. 2012 back in the volleyball spectrum as a volleyball coach at Santa Rosa Academy and 951 Elite Volleyball. Coaching Experience: 2007-present certified volleyball official for the SCVA 2007-2009 started coaching career. Assisted at the 14U locals level for Premier volleyball club 2008 assisted HS girls varsity at Linfield Christian School 2009 assisted HS boys varsity at Calvary Murrieta Christian School 2012 Landed head coaching position with Santa Rosa Academy and 951 Elite Volleyball. First year with SRA and I have been working hard to build up their volleyball program for the upcoming season. ~As a coach, my goal is to help young players discover their full potential in the sport of volleyball while developing their love of the game.

Jen Senftlaben

Asst. Coach

nopic Updated bio coming soon