Making Names For Themselves and DME Volleyball

Four Students from DME Volleyball have been nominated for the 2022 AVCA Phenom List

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At DME Academy,  it is not out of the ordinary to host some of the best athletes in their lanes. That is why, when the 2022 AVCA Phenom Nominations came out it was no surprise that four DME athlete's names were included. Emma Van Duesen, Alyssa Kornegay, Ivy Westfall and Gabby Conway were all nominated for the honor.  

Making the Phenom List is no walk in the park. There are specific criteria that an athlete must meet to be considered. They must be:

  • An underclassmen
  • Recognized for outstanding volleyball abilities (All-Region, All-State, PVB Watchlist, USAV HP Team, etc.)

To be nominated for the list is already an achievement in itself. 

“This group of athletes has been playing together for many years at DME,” said Dawn Moses, director of volleyball at DME Academy. “They work extremely hard at their individual positions and are very deserving of this honor.” 

The girls are local to the area and play on their respective high school teams. Kornegay and Westfall play for New Smyrna Beach, Van Duesen represents Deland, and Conway plays for Spruce Creek High School in Daytona Beach, FL. All four girls are expected to graduate in 2024 and have college volleyball in their futures, thanks to DME Academy’s competitive club volleyball program. 

"DME is like a home away from home for me, an extended family. A family that has made a positive impact on who I am today, on and off the court. I’ve learned how to be a student-athlete and I am able to do well in school and club volleyball.” says Alyssa Kornegay. “ I make sure to have excellent time management by doing homework before practice, studying on the way home and getting as much sleep as I can so I am ready to do it all again the next day. It’s part of doing more everyday, the DME way!"

This year will be the 11th year that the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) will host the invite-only Phenom College Preparatory Program. Since the program started, 80% of the athletes who have participated have gone on to play in college. This high-level showcase draws in more than 200 college coaches each year, so it is crucial that the girls bring their A-game. 

The 2022 AVCA Phenom College Prep Program is taking place on December 15th-17th in Omaha, Nebraska. We wish them the best of luck!

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