April 1, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Deb Grafentin and Krista Barr opened The Volleyball Academy in 2006. They say the organization’s new 50,000-square-foot facility in La Vista is the best of its kind in the region. It’s not just the freestanding design with no poles to obstruct play for eight wood-surface courts, or the many amenities like retail space and conference rooms; it’s the expanded programming available to a wider group of players.

The facility hosts a broad spectrum of lessons, classes, leagues, tournaments, and camps. Kids can participate starting as young as kindergarten-age. Competitive and recreational programs are available for teens and adults year-round. Programs are led by experienced coaches, some of who  have advanced from the playing courts through the academy’s Junior Coaches program that provides leadership opportunities beginning in high school. Grafentin’s own coaching experience includes college-level volleyball and spans nearly four decades. In 2015, she was honored as one of the top 75 coaches in American youth sports when she received the Double-Goal Coach Award from the Positive Coaches Alliance.

11924 Portal Road, La Vista, NE 68128

402-213-4644 • thevolleyballacademy.com

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