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Who we are

Happy Volley Volleyball Academy is a new club for girls volleyball founded in 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. The primary goal of the club is to provide the highest quality training in youth volleyball for athletes between the ages of 13 and 18. In our first year the club fielded 11 teams and attended several tournament events in the club year 2020-2021. Two HVA club teams attended the national playoffs in Orlando in 2021.


World-class volleyball training and match play are the primary goals of the mission for the academy. However, the club aims to train the members of the club to be the best team players possible. The club works to expand the horizons of our members throughout the middle school and high school years. But we go further - we expect that our students will be leaders in athletics and in life, in club activities as well as life outside volleyball. We do this by stressing:


  • Sportsmanship

  • Team Leadership

  • Year-by-Year Growth in Skill

  • Consistent Coaching Across Teams and Ages

  • Student Mentorship Across Age Groups

  • Club Unity and Respect


After another very successful year the club looks to grow in 2022 and beyond. Come and join our open gyms and discover the HVA for yourself!

Our leadership

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Chris Rose

Club Director

A native of State College, Rose returned to Penn State after previously serving on the staffs of Marshall University, Arizona State University, East Carolina University and the University at Buffalo. Chris was also recently a Penn State University assistant coach.


Rose served as a student manager at Penn State from 2011-14. He was the head student manager during the Nittany Lions back-to-back National Championships in 2013 and 2014. During his playing days at State College Area High School, Rose was on the 2010 Boys Volleyball State Champions squad. A 2014 Penn State graduate who earned a degree in Recreation, park and tourism management, Rose is the son of three-time All-American and Penn State Hall of Fame volleyball player Lori Barberich Rose and Penn State University head coach Russ Rose.


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Ally Surowiec

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Carmen Myers

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Gabe Willig 

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Kelly Aston

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Mike Zeman

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Andrew Nadermann

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Annie Shay

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Chris Rose

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Emily Sciorra

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Josey McKeon

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Katerina Yankanich

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Lily Gardner

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Melanie Tracey

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Ryan Myers

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Sierra Schomburg

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