2022 Volleyball 7th/8th grade 4’s League (Session 2)
NOTE: Any club, Team, group or players are welcome. You DO NOT have to be a Club Ignit Select Volleyball member to Participate.
Supplemental Volleyball Tryouts
Elizabeth Plum (Image coming soon)
Co- Director at Club Ignit Select. She joined the Ignit team in 2021 following a move to the Des Moines metro area. Elizabeth graduated from Columbus High School where she played Varsity Volleyball, basketball, track, softball, and tennis. She went on to attend Wartburg College and the University of Upper Iowa. Elizabeth has coached 16 club seasons, qualifying 16 consecutive teams to the Girls Junior National Championships. Career highlights for Elizabeth include a top 10 finish in the 14u Open division, a 2nd place finish in the 14u National division, and a 2nd Place finish in the 14u USA division.
Leigha (Image coming soon)
Co-Director of Club Ignit Select. She has been a coach at Club Ignit Select since 2019. Leigha has coached High School and Club Volleyball in the state of Iowa for well over a decade. Leigha played volleyball and soccer for Marion High School, and helped Marion earn their first State Championship in 2008. Throughout her coaching career Leigha has guided many of her teams to USA Volleyball Junior Girls National Championships. Leigha has also been part of six consecutive trips to the Iowa High School State Volleyball Tournament as a member of the Dowling Catholic Volleyball Staff. She lives in Des Moines with her husband, Ben and their son, Meyer.
Michael Maiers (Image coming soon)
Co-director at Club Ignit Select. He is joining the team in 2022. Michael graduated from Dyersville Beckman High School where he participated in basketball and track. While there, he qualified for state track numerous times and was a member of the 2007 qualifying state basketball team. He went on to attend the University Northern Iowa where he was a member of the UNI Men’s Club Volleyball team. While in Cedar Falls Michael assisted with the UNI Women’s Volleyball team as a practice player and camp coach. Michael has been coaching volleyball at the club and high school level for over 10 years and has 7 consecutive trips to USAV Nationals placing 5th and 3rd in the National division.
Originally from St Charles, MN, Melanie is entering her 13th season coaching volleyball. Currently, she’s on staff at Valley High School as the sophomore head coach and assistant varsity coach. 2019 will be her fourth year at Valley, and this will also be her fourth season at CIS, previously coaching the 16s-18s teams.
From 2011 – 2014, she served as the head volleyball coach at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA. The Panthers made a trip to the Regional Championship game in 2012. They were eliminated in a close 3-1 match up with the 7th place team in the nation. Prior to ECC, Melanie spent four years as the assistant volleyball coach at Rochester Community & Technical College in Rochester, MN and also coached four seasons at Southern Minnesota Volleyball (SMV) and three seasons at Iowa Heart in Ames.
Melanie earned her B.A. in Communications from Waldorf College and Her M.A. in Educational Leadership & Sports Management from Winona State University. Her 4 year-old daughter, Izabella, enjoys taggign along to the gym with her mom.
Leigha attended Marion High School and graduated in 2009. Leigh helped the Indians win a #A state title playing for Coach Roxanne Paulson in 2008, the first and only time in history for Marion HS. She played club volleyball for several different clubs as an outside hitter and later transitioned to a defensive specialist.
Coaching Experience: Leigha started coaching for Kari Lombardi at Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 2009. During Leigha’s four seasons at Washington, she coached at the freshmen, sophmore, and junior varsity level. She coached ons season at both BallardHigh School and Norwalk High School when first in the Des Moines area, and is now in her third season as Head Freshman coach at Dowling Catholic. Leigha has coached club for the past 10 years, at Washington High School, Rapid Spikers VBC and Central Iowa Select. Leigha is assisted by her husband, Ben McQuade.