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NCV Clinics

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(Clinics may have a max number of participants so be sure to register ASAP!)

  • Volleyball Basics Clinic with Lenika Vazquez (Canisius College)
    Volleyball Basics Clinic with Lenika Vazquez (Canisius College)
  • Offensive Skills Clinic with Maria Roberts (Buffalo State College)
    Offensive Skills Clinic with Maria Roberts (Buffalo State College)
Volleyball Basics Clinic with Lenika Vazquez (Canisius College)
Volleyball Basics Clinic with Lenika Vazquez (Canisius College)


NCV SPRING CLINICS | Waterfront Elementary, 6 - 7:30pm

To close out the season following the end of team practices, we are offering a few position and skills clinics through the end of April. All spring clinics will be run by NCV staff and will be held at Waterfront Elementary from 6 - 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Spots are limited so be sure to register ASAP! 

HITTING BASICS CLINIC: Monday, April 15, 2019

Clinic will focus on arm swing, hand contact and footwork to the ball.

Open to ALL! (MAX 15 participants)

OUTSIDE HITTERS CLINIC: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Attacking, transitioning and passing training focused for OHs. 

Rightsides also welcome! (MAX 15 participants)

TEAM DEFENSE CLINIC: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Clinic will focus on team defensive schemes including court coverage, 

defensive pursuit, communication, and teamwork. (MAX 15 participants)


Clinic will focus on defensive platform and footwork training as well as anticipation and control.

Ideal for liberos, outside hitters and setters, but ALL welcome! (MAX 15 participants)

MIDDLE HITTERS CLINIC: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (Rescheduled)

Attacking, transitioning and blocking training and footwork focused for MHs. 

Rightsides welcome! (MAX 15 participants)



Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | Waterfront Elementary School, 6 - 8pm

Guest Clinician: Lenika Vazquez - Head Coach, Canisius College Women's Volleyball

About the ClinicianLenika Vazquez is in her third season at the helm after she was named the 11th head coach in Canisius volleyball program history.

In her first two seasons with the Golden Griffins, Vazquez helped Katlyn Tyler (2016 Second Team), Cassidy Ceriani (2016 All-Rookie), Sara Wesley (2017 Second Team) and Claire Leonard (2017 All-Rookie) earn All-MAAC selections.

Vazquez came to Canisius after serving four seasons as an assistant coach at Butler. As a member of the Bulldogs staff, Vazquez helped her squad to 73 wins, highlighted by back-to-back 20-win campaigns in 2013 and 2014.

Butler also earned a berth into the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in 2013, followed by a trip to the Big East semifinal round in 2014 after the team went 20-10 overall and 12-6 in league play. In her time on the staff, two Bulldogs were named to the AVCA All-America Team, with Erica Stahl being a 2013 Honorable Mention and Belle Obert earning a Honorable Mention in 2014. Additionally, six players were selected for all-league honors and setter Makayla Ferguson was named the Big East Freshman of the Year in 2014. 

Before taking over as an assistant at Butler in the winter of 2012, Vazquez coached at South Suburban College in Illinois.

Vazquez was named head coach at SSC in South Holland, Ill., in the fall of 2010. At South Suburban, Vazquez was charged with recruiting and developing players. Vazquez also co-founded Illiana Explosive Volleyball Club in Crete, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago. In addition to coaching in the Chicago area, Vazquez worked as a Personal Training Director at an LA Fitness in Oak Brook, Ill.

Prior to her time at South Suburban, Vazquez was the head coach at Chicago State University for three seasons. While at CSU, Vazquez proved to be a talented and relentless recruiter and coach. She had three players break school records for kills, blocks, assists and digs, and had several players earn various academic honors.

After coaching two seasons as a head coach at the high school level in Illinois, Vazquez began her collegiate coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Southern Illinois. While at SIU, Vazquez was involved with recruiting, travel, training, game management and community service projects. In her first season at SIU, she helped the Salukis to a 23-10 season and a first-ever appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference final. 

As a player, Vazquez was a defensive specialist at SIU from 1996-99. She was an integral part of Southern Illinois' 1998 squad that went 19-12 and 12-6 in the MVC. She played in college for Sonya (Locke) Hopkins, who is now a coordinator of academic support for Butler.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Vazquez earned a degree in business management from Southern Illinois in 2001. 

SKILLS CLINIC - Defense and Ball Control

Monday, March 11, 2019  Waterfront Elementary School, 6 - 8pm

Guest Clinician: Stephanie Albano - Head Coach, Daemen College Women's Volleyball

About the Clinician: Stephanie Albano  completed her third season as the Head Women's Volleyball Coach at Daemen College in 2018.  She was promoted to the position in May of 2016 after serving as the program's Associate Head Coach for the 2015 season.

In her inaugural season in the head coach's chair, Albano led the Wildcats to one of the most successful seasons in team history, going 25-8 overall and 13-1 in East Coast Conference play to capture the league's regular season championship.  After finishing as the ECC Tournament runners-up, Albano's squad earned the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth as the No. 2 seed in the East Regional portion of the tourney which was hosted at Daemen's Lumsden Gymnasium.  Albano led the Wildcats to their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory, a 3-2 thriller over seventh-seeded Post University on Dec. 1, 2016.  One night later Albano and the Wildcats moved past third-seeded University of New Haven with a 3-0 victory.  But, their history 2016 season came to an end in the regional finals, falling 3-2 to fourth-seeded American International College.

For her efforts, Albano was named the 2016 ECC Coach of the Year.  She was also named the 2016 NCAA Division II East Region Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).  The AVCA also named coach Albano as one of its 30 Under 30 Award recipients in the spring or 2017, recognizing coaches under the age of 30 for their contributions to the game.

A Lancaster, N.Y. native, Albano helped the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to two Atlantic Coast Conference championships during her collegiate career there from 2005-09.  The former Stephanie Jansma is a big name in local volleyball circles, and has been since her scholastic days which saw her lead Lancaster High School to the 2004 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA championship while earning Gatorade New York State Player of the Year honors that season.

SKILLS CLINIC - Offense (Hitting, Blocking)

Thursday, March 28, 2019Waterfront Elementary School, 6 - 8pm

Guest Clinician: Maria Roberts - Head Coach, Buffalo State College Women's Volleyball

About the Clinician: Maria Roberts concluded her eighth season as head coach of the Buffalo State College women's volleyball program in 2018, leading the Bengals to the postseason in four of eight years, including winning the program's first-ever conference championship in 2013.

Under Roberts in 2013, Buffalo State posted a 25-10 mark and secured a No. 2-seed in the SUNYAC Championships. The Bengals defeated Cortland and New Paltz en route to the league title, before falling to University of Chicago in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

Buffalo State advanced to the SUNYAC Semifinals in 2014 and played in the SUNYAC Championship match at home in 2012, after finishing the season 26-8 and a perfect 6-0 in SUNYAC West divisional play. 

Roberts joined the Buffalo State staff as an assistant in 2009 after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. As a player, she was a four-year standout with the Yellow Jackets as a middle hitter. She finished her career third in school history in blocks and fifth in kills. She was recognized on numerous all-tournament teams and was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and her team's MVP as a senior.