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The MSVBA organization was created to promote volleyball in Maine for
individuals and teams, and to foster the growth of volleyball by competition,
training and education.
MSVBA was started in 1985 as an organization to provide structure to
activities pertaining to volleyball in the state of Maine. Prior to
that there was, at best, a loosely knit group of individuals, clubs
and organizations throughout the state that used different rules and
structures. This made it very difficult to compete with each other,
or outside of the state, and presented a lot of other issues with regard
to insurance, liability, training, and growth. The organization got
started from a core group of individuals who wanted to improve on that
situation. It provided common structure and rules under one umbrella
organization and has evolved to encompass many improvements over the
past seventeen years.
MSVBA conducted State High School Championships for volleyball as a
one day event for six years to expose new players to the sport and to
gain attention in the secondary school systems to Volleyball as a Varsity
sport. As a result of those and other programs, and considerable lobbying
by our members, three or four years ago volleyball was recognized by
the Maine Principals Association as an official varsity sport. Maine
was the 49th of 50 states to recognize volleyball. It is now gaining
in popularity in schools throughout the state as a Varsity interscholastic
In 1995 we aligned our organization with New England Region Volleyball
Association and with USAVolleyball to become part of the larger organization.
Our organization is modeled after, and parallels, Yankee Volleyball
in greater Boston, although we have some dramatic differences because
of the comparably large area and lower population density in Maine,
with the unique opportunities and challenges that these qualities pose.
We also work with the Maine Volleyball Officials Board (MVOB) to help
train and certify referees for volleyball throughout the state, so that
leagues and tournaments have access to trained, certified officials
for their games. MSVBA is now the sanctioning body for all USAV tournaments
in the state of Maine. We also run Referee, Player and Coaching clinics
in this state for the improvement of the sport and its players. MSVBA
helps, through its membership and funding, to run two Junior Olympic
Volleyball teams for younger players aged 14 to 18 who compete throughout
New England with JO teams from other communities.
With your support, MSVBA strives to continue to build membership and
to provide value to that membership by providing well-run, quality events.
our esteemed Board members:
Andrea Jandebeur - Avid Volleyball player and an administrator
for The Alliance for Maine Excellence, which is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the advancement of quality initiatives in the State of
Maine, and the administrator for the Margaret Chase Smith Quality Award.
Andrea is MSVBA's registrar, an active player in several leagues and
tournaments every year, runs several tournaments and fund raisers every
year for good causes.
Bob Wooten - a retired Systems Software Engineer and computer
nerd is a certified USAV Referee, active player in several volleyball
leagues, a board member for over 10 years, past treasurer, member of
the board of directors for NERVA (New England Region Volleyball Association),
and current President of MSVBA running for re-election to a second term
Brenda Swett - is the newest Board member, an accomplished volleyball
player from the Lewiston-Auburn area, and is off fishing for bass when
not playing volleyball.
Don Simms - volleyball player, high school volleyball coach
at Yarmouth, MSVBA board member for several years, and has helped run
Coaching Accreditation Program clinics for New England. Don is and has
been involved in many other high school sports and was instrumental
in getting the Maine Principles Association to recognize volleyball
as a High School Varsity Sport.
Earl Bunting - a new Board member this year, certified USAV
referee, avid player in the Portland area and throughout New England.
Earl is heading up the Men's player rating committee and runs apple
orchards in southern Maine in his spare time.
George "Buzz" Gautreau - past president, board member for over
ten years, very involved in Maine adult volleyball for over twenty years,
and has helped to run JO tournaments, adult tournaments, leagues, high
school championships, clinics and fund raiser events. Buzz is still
an active setter in a men's league and prefers to run a five hitter-one
John Razsa - a life long enthusiastic volleyball player since
college days, high school volleyball coach, Junior Olympic Volleyball
girls coach for southern Maine, teacher, former college coach, and one
of the most involved people in Maine volleyball. John organizes and
runs leagues and tournaments throughout the year indoors and outdoors
for all levels of play. John's family has their own outdoor court with
lights for late night spring, summer and fall play!
Kris Caterina - fairly new to the board, current MSVBA Secretary,
stepped in and took over the reins of the Tournament Coordinator position
to organize running of the MSVBA sanctioned tournaments this season.
She is an accomplished volleyball player in tournaments throughout New
England. Her team, "Fire In The Hole", is going to the Nationals this
year to compete in the women's 'B' tournament.
Roland Gagne - is our Webmaster, an active volleyball player
for several decades helping us to webify MSVBA for the 21st century.
Roland works at a Portland Area hospital.
Zip Weeman - recently joined the board to head up the women's
player rating committee for the coming season. She is another accomplished
player both indoors and out. She and her husband have their own outdoor
Rosanne Ely Curneil - current MSVBA Treasurer, is a CPA working
in her family's business, a long time volleyball player both indoors
and outdoors, involved in volleyball in Greater Portland for many years
and previously in the Washington DC area.
Cliff Thurston is a brand new board member that isnít sure what
heís getting into, but is willing to step up and give it a try. He started
playing volleyball in a JO club (the Highlanders) his sophomore year
in high school(92) and hasnít been able to stop playing since. He played
4 years in college at CMTC, and is co-captain of the Flying Tigers.
He is active in leagues in Farmington, Lewiston, and Portland, plays
both indoors and outdoors. He has coached at CMTC and currently helping
coach the JO girls Highlander Club. Cliff is a educational technician
in Building Trades at Region 9 Vocational School.
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