Two local nonprofit youth volleyball clubs, East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club, (EVJ), a girls’ volleyball club, and Arizona Primitive Volleyball Club (AZP), a club for boys and girls, announced a strategic merger of their operations. The union will affect programs in the East Valley beginning Nov. 1, at the start of the club season.

The combined organization will operate as East Valley Juniors Volleyball Club and will include both girls and boys volleyball programs. The girls program will merge into operations this coming club season while the AZP boys program will begin operations under EVJ sometime next year. Teams will train at the Court One Athletic Complex in Tempe.

Jen Leo, a 20-year veteran of club volleyball, will continue as president and club director of the combined organization. Already one of the largest clubs in AZ, EVJ makes the move to expand its girls program offerings, while adding boys volleyball program to the mix.

One of the first clubs on the volleyball scene in AZ, starting in 1990, EVJ is entering its 23rd season. Last year, EVJ housed more than 230 athletes across 21 teams and represented 98 different schools throughout the Phoenix area.

AZP, led by Fred Mann, has entered its 16th year and is currently operating five boys’ teams. Coach Mann continues to lead the boys and girls volleyball programs at Mountain Pointe, where he won eight state championships (7-boys, 1-girls) during his 20-year volleyball-coaching career.

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