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About Lava Ventura ("VC")

LAVA Ventura Volleyball Club (or "VC" for short) has been successfully serving the Ventura County girls volleyball community for many years, operating out of its own exclusive, spacious two-court facility in the heart of the Camarillo outlets, located at 161 Plaza La Vista, Camarillo.

The program launched in 2018 as a merger between LAVA and the successful Camarillo-based girls and boys volleyball club VCVC (Ventura County Volleyball Club). Since inception, LAVA Ventura has been offering exceptional travel team and non-travel programs to help serve the needs of the Camarillo and greater Ventura County volleyball community. In 2021, the club took a tremendous leap forward with a new leadership team, excellent coaches both new and returning, and the joining together of another successful girls volleyball club in Ventura, Blue Crush.

LAVA Ventura fields eight to ten teams annually across the range of age divisions, as well as offers exciting and expanding youth and juniors non-travel training programs.

The Director for LAVA Ventura is long-time Ventura County volleyball coaching fixture Kim Machnic. Kim has coached multiple levels of youth and juniors club and high school volleyball, and was prior to joining LAVA the Founding Director of Blue Crush. The Master Coach for LAVA Ventura is immensely successful club and collegiate coach Brad Lyans, who has been coaching girls and boys club, high school, and collegiate programs for decades, both indoor and beach. Brad is also the current Head Coach of the Ventura College Women's Indoor and Beach Volleyball Teams. Kim and Brad are bolstered by an excellent coaching staff with deep ties to the Ventura County volleyball community.

We encourage you to speak to Kim or Brad or any of our coaches about what it means to be part of LAVA Ventura and we look forward to seeing you in the gym with us soon.

Press Release - Lava Ventura Blue Crush - June 2021
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    CLUB TRYOUTS @ LAVA VENTURA ... CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

      - Pre-register for Club Tryouts for the girls club volleyball season. Want more info? Click here.

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    YOUTH LITE @ LAVA VENTURA - FOR 3RD-5TH GRADE GIRLS ... CLICK HERE!

      - The popular Youth Lite Program is a training and development program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Want more info? Click here.

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    JUNIORS NON-TRAVEL @ LAVA VENTURA - FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE GIRLS ... CLICK HERE!

      - The Juniors Program is a non-travel training program for 6th-8th graders who are not playing club volleyball. Want more info? Click here.

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    SUMMER @ LAVA VENTURA - FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE GIRLS ... CLICK HERE!

      - We offer a plethora of summer programs from June-August. Want more info? Click here.

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KIM MACHNIC
DIRECTOR - LAVA VENTURA

The Director for LAVA Ventura is long-time Ventura County volleyball coaching fixture Kim Machnic. Kim has coached multiple levels of youth and juniors club and high school volleyball, and was prior to joining LAVA the Founding Director of Blue Crush Volleyball Club. She took the reins as the official Director of LAVA Ventura in June of 2021, bringing renowned administrative skills to go along with an excellent intrinsic knowledge of girls youth and juniors volleyball, and the Ventura County volleyball community as a whole.

Kim’s full bio is forthcoming. For now please feel free to contact Kim with any questions or to speak to her directly about her passion for coaching – and her vision for what a great club volleyball program can and should be. Kim can be reached at 805-701-9792 or via email at kimmachnic.lava@gmail.com. She looks forward to speaking with you!

Kim Machnic - Director, LAVA Ventura
(email) kimmachnic.lava@gmail.com
(cell) 805-701-9792

BRAD LYANS
MASTER COACH - LAVA VENTURA

Decorated long-time club and collegiate volleyball coach Brad Lyans returns to LAVA Ventura for the coming season. Brad served as Club Director from 2020-2021, guiding the club successfully through the challenges of the pandemic, before stepping into the role of Master Coach for the club in 2021.

Brad has built an impressive professional résumé over nearly two decades of coaching volleyball, much of it spent alongside the coaches and owners and athletes of LAVA. He first joined LAVA Co-Founders Nabil Mardini and Trevor Julian at SMBC in 2006, working closely with both men as a club and collegiate coach. He has logged successful stints with both SMBC and LAVA, coaching numerous Adidas teams to Division One Gold contention and amassing a wealth of high finishes at national tournaments, including a Gold Medal at the 2012 Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Arizona. Brad has also found immense success at the collegiate level, first as an Assistant Coach with Nabil at Pierce College before taking the helm of his own program at Ventura College, where he remains.

Brad has logged multiple seasons as Head Coach of the Ventura College Women’s Indoor Team, not to mention Head Coach of the Ventura College Women’s Sand Volleyball Team, and has his Lady Pirates poised for significant successes in this season – and seasons to come – both on the court and on the sand.

He brings exceptional knowledge of the Ventura County volleyball community, coupled with his extraordinary coaching acumen, and we are thrilled to have Brad on board as our club's Master Coach, overseeing the training and development of our athletes and our coaches alike!

Please feel free to contact Brad with any questions or to speak to him directly about his passion for coaching – and his vision for what a great club volleyball program can and should be. He can be reached at 818-571-5941 or via email at lavaventura@gmail.com. He looks forward to speaking with you!

Brad Lyans - Master Coach, LAVA Ventura
(email) lavaventura@gmail.com
(cell) 818-571-5941

LAVA Ventura houses a number of programs and program types under its banner, in addition to our club travel teams. Here is a list of all programs offered at LAVA Ventura (click here to visit our Tryouts page):

# - National and Regional Travel Teams . . . We offer girls club volleyball travel teams for 5th-12th grade girls that compete both regionally in Southern California and nationally at competitive events across the country, or both. Tryouts are in fall and the season traditionally runs Nov-June.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About National Travel Teams

# - Youth Lite Program . . . The Youth Lite Program at LAVA Ventura is an immensely popular offering for 3rd-5th grade girls to learn the sport of volleyball in a fun, friendly, instructive manner. Sessions are seasonal and run for multiple weeks at a time.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About the Youth Lite Program

# - Juniors Non-Travel Program . . . The Juniors Program at LAVA Ventura is an excellent option for 6th-8th graders who are not ready for a full commitment to club volleyball, but who want to keep their skills up for school volleyball or out of love for the game, or both! It is a non-travel program, sessions are seasonal and run for multiple weeks at a time.
     >> Click Here to Learn More About the Juniors Program

# - Summer Programs . . . LAVA Ventura offers many summer program offerings, including clinics, workshops, private lessons, and training pods. You can sign up for as much as you want and we want to see you in the gym!
     >> Click Here to Learn More and Register for Summer Programs @ LAVA Ventura

YOUTH LITE PROGRAM @ LAVA VENTURA
FOR 3rd-5th GRADE GIRLS

The Youth Lite Program at LAVA Ventura has been popular and successful for several years. The program is seasonal -- Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall -- with each session running for multiple weeks, with one practice per week. The cost per player for each session depends upon the length of the session (customarily ranges from $80-$160 per player).

The Lite Program is the official youth training and development program of LAVA Ventura, designed to give young athletes a taste of volleyball in a encouraging environment that mixes quality skills training with lots of fun games to build a passion for this wonderful sport. The program is coached by professional, paid coaches; it is not volunteer-based and, as such, the training value and player growth is significant.

The Lite Program is primarily for 3rd-5th graders, although 2nd graders or 6th graders can participate with Director approval on a case-by-case basis depending on available space and the time of year. 

>> Want More Info? Click Here to Visit the Home Page of the Lite Program @ Lava Ventura

JUNIORS NON-TRAVEL PROGRAM @ LAVA VENTURA
FOR 6th-8th GRADE GIRLS

The Juniors Program at LAVA Ventura has been a strong training program for middle school athletes for several years. The program is seasonal -- Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall -- with each session running for multiple weeks, with one practice per week. The cost per player for each session depends upon the length of the session (customarily ranges from $80-$160 per player).

The Juniors Program is the official middle school non-travel training program of LAVA Ventura, designed to provide quality technical training with focus on individual development (skills training and having fun). The program is for girls who are not looking to play on a travel club volleyball team, but who wish to keep their skills up either out of love for the game or a desire to play in high school, or both! It limits both the cost and time commitment required to participate, but still provides excellent training at the hands of professional, paid coaches; it is not volunteer-based and, as such, the training value and player growth is significant.

The Juniors Program is primarily for 6th-8th graders, although 9th graders can participate with Director approval on a case-by-case basis depending on available space and the time of year. 6th graders are encouraged to participate in Juniors instead of the Lite during winter or spring sessions, and the Lite in summer or fall. 

>> Want More Info? Click Here to Visit the Home Page of the Juniors Program @ Lava Ventura

LAVA BIDS A FOND FAREWELL TO ONE OF THE GREATS, STEVE "YOSH" YOSHIMOTO!

October 2020 - It was a bittersweet moment when the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA) was sad, but proud to announce that Steve “Yosh” Yoshimoto was retiring as Director of LAVA VC and SMBC VC, based in Ventura County (Camarillo).

Yosh put together an exceptional career and dramatically impacted the boys and girls volleyball communities of Ventura County in recent years. Spanning decades, his coaching career took him from indoor to beach and back again, with significant high school experience – stints for both Boys and Girls at Camarillo High School, Head Varsity Girls at La Reina High School, and Head Varsity Girls at Buena High School – and club coaching experience.

In 2013, Yosh founded the Ventura County Volleyball Club (VCVC), the precursor to SMBC VC and LAVA VC, with its own two-court facility -- out of which VC still practices -- and both a boys and girls program, which were both highly respected in the club community and found instant success.

All three of Yosh's sons played for him, proving the bedrock upon which the exemplary SMBC VC program now stands: Evan Yoshimoto, Berkeley graduate, SBCC Men's Volleyball Team, USA HP Beach A1 Player, AAA Beach Rated; Owen Yoshimoto, Pepperdine Men's Volleyball Team, USA HP Beach A1 Player, AAA Beach Rated; and Matt Yoshimoto, Lewis Men's Volleyball Team, USA National Team Member, International Pro (Switzerland), USA HP Beach A1 Player, AAA Beach Rated. Matt and Owen have both coached for VC with Owen still significantly involved in the program, with plans to coach this coming season, while Matt will assuredly coach whenever he is not overseas playing professionally.

In 2018, Yosh spearheaded the merger of VCVC with the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA), coupling the VCVC girls program with LAVA and the VCVC boys program with LAVA’s flagship boys program, the nationally known and highly regarded SMBC Boys Volleyball Club.

Based in Camarillo, LAVA VC Volleyball Club for Girls and SMBC VC Volleyball Club for Boys have been growing the game of volleyball in the area and offering exceptional travel team and non-travel programs to help serve the needs of the Camarillo and greater Ventura County volleyball community. The VC program operates out of the Bowman Center, its own exclusive, spacious two-court facility in the heart of the Camarillo outlets, located at 161 Plaza La Vista, Camarillo. The program fields eight to twelve boys and girls teams annually across the range of age divisions, as well as offers exciting and expanding youth and juniors non-travel training programs.

Yosh was succeeded by current Director of VC, Brad Lyans. Brad is a long-time LAVA coach and the current Head Coach of the Ventura College Women’s Indoor and Sand Volleyball Teams – and as such has extensive connections to the Ventura County volleyball community, not to mention an excellent coaching background both for club and college.

We want to take one more moment to thank Yosh for his exceptional service to LAVA, SMBC, and the Ventura County volleyball community as a whole. We wish him all the best in his retirement and hope he will continue to stay in touch with our coaches, our athletes, and our program. You’re the best, Yosh!

OUR FACILITY

Lava Ventura Headquarters - 161 Plaza La Vista, Camarillo

LAVA Ventura is based out of our exclusive 12,000 square foot facility located at 161 Plaza La Vista, Camarillo. We have two spacious courts, performance training equipment, a player lounge, ample space for spectators, and easy, abundant parking.

OUR GRADUATES @ LAVA VENTURA

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Lauren Russ  '18

UC Irvine - LAVA North

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Sydney Richardson  '18

Lewis & Clark College - LAVA North

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Kelsey Shea  '20

San Diego State University - LAVA North

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Miranda Raitt  '20

Masters University - LAVA North

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Aliyah Phippen  '20

Lakeland University - LAVA North

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Eleya Avery-Ault  '20

University of Delaware - LAVA North

COACHING STAFF @ LAVA VENTURA

LAVA Ventura houses an excellent coaching staff full of men and women of great character and experience. Our staff has multiple past or present high school and college coaches, not to mention excellent players during their own athletic careers, with many years of collective volleyball experience. We strive to train our athletes to become the best volleyball players, and finest people, they can be. They also understand what it means to cultivate a team and strive to ensure the experience of our athletes is a positive one they will take with them.

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