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Club volleyball taking Shawano by Storm

Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

The Shawano Storm Volleyball Club for girls ages 12-17 has been in existence since 2006. They are part of the Badger Region Volleyball Association, one of 40 regional volleyball associations in USA Volleyball’s nationwide network.

Linda Beversdorf became the director in 2009. Her two daughters played the sport, and she wanted to keep the program going.

“I get thank yous from the parents,” she said.

Shawano Storm volleyball teams are all tournament teams. Their mission is to develop and teach the proper skills for young athletes to compete in volleyball and give necessary examples to compete into adulthood.

Players aren’t limited to Shawano. There are girls from Bonduel, Pulaski, Wabeno, Clintonville, and Manawa.

“You can’t have more than three people from the same school on a team,“ Beversdorf said.

The program runs from October through March. Right now, there are 27 girls who tried out and were selected to go to four to six tournaments.

There are two 14-year-old teams and one 13-year-old team. Each team has a coach where the girls learn volleyball basics, advanced volleyball techniques, and have scrimmage time.

“Every coach is responsible for their own practice plan,” Beversdort said.

Sometimes it’s hard to find a gym for their practices.

“We will practice anywhere we can get gym space,” Beversdorf said.

The WIAA doesn’t allow tryouts for the high school age girls until after the state tournament. The date for tryouts is noon-4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Shawano Community High School.

Wisconsin Dells is the farthest tournament as they try to stay within driving distance. Parents are responsible for getting their kids to and from the tournaments.

Shawano Storm works closely with the Shawano Community High School varsity volleyball coach, Breanna Young. She is the Shawano Storm program coordinator.

“I have a true passion for the sport,” Young said. “I enjoy it.”

For more information, go to their Facebook page or contact Beversdorf at