Clarion Area’s Korrin Burns And Revolution 18 White Teammates Claim JVA World Challenge

(Image Courtesy of Revolution Pittsburgh: Revolution Pittsburgh 18 White – 2022 JVA World Challenge Champions: Front L-R: Kylie Barto (Montour), Alexa Chapla (Baldwin), Sierra Ricci (Shaler), Tia Bozzo (Shaler) Back L-R: Coach Kyle Benevit, Coach Jodi Burns, Julia Kratzenberg (Greensburg Catholic), Rachel Burton (North Allegheny), Elena Arnold (Eden Christian), Korrin Burns (Clarion), Kai Herchenroether (Hampton), Mia Schubert (Shaler), Coach Daniel LaBonte.)

The Revolution Pittsburgh 18 White Team, which includes Clarion Area’s Korrin Burns, traveled to Louisville to compete in the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) World Challenge, at the Kentucky Expo Center, this past weekend (Friday-Sunday, April 8th-10th), and came away with the 18 Premier Division Championship.

Over 1,100 teams in twenty-five divisions (12U – 18U) participated in this prestigious event, with forty-seven teams competing in the 18 Premier Division.

Revolution went 2-1 on Friday. They downed Team Atlantis Carolyn (Ohio) 2-0. They followed that with another 2-0 win, downing Club Unite 18 John (Tennessee). Revolution fell 1-2 to FC 18 Navy (Wisconsin), in their last match of the day (their only loss on the weekend).

Revolution won all three of their matches 2-0 on Saturday, defeatingRockwood Thunder 18 Navy (Missouri),18 Chicas (Kentucky) and Circle City 18 Black (Indianapolis)

 On Sunday, Revolution downed Team Atlantic Snipes (Ohio) 2-1 in the Gold Quarterfinals. They followed that with a 2-0 win in the Gold Semifinals, over Fusion 18 Silver (Illinois) and closed out the weekend with a 2-0 Championship Match win over Sports Performance 18 Red (Illinois).

Revolution Coach Daniel LaBonte had this to say about the great performance, “Revolution Volleyball Club sent 11 teams to the JVA World Challenge.

“The Revolution Pittsburgh 18 White team competed in the 18 Premier Division, capturing the Tournament Title, beating Sports Performance 18 Red in the finals.

“On Sunday, in the Gold Bracket, the squad beat three teams who were previously undefeated to take home the championship. In the finals, the team not only battled Sports Performance on the court but also overcame the raucous cheering from the 12 plus Sports Performance teams surrounding the court.

“It was a complete team effort over the course of the three-day tournament. The team displayed great sportsmanship for their opponents and represented the best of Revolution.” 

Korrin’s mother Jodi Burns, an assistant on the 18s and the 17s, said, “It is a joy and privilege to be part of the fun. Coaching these young women is a gift to me and I don’t take the opportunity lightly. The relationships that are made are truly priceless as I feel like the athletes are my own kids. Getting the opportunity to be court side watching Korrin do her thing…well…the feeling in indescribable. As well as coaching the 17s with Ellie and her husband Evan – I am living the dream.

Korrin’s sister Ellie Proksell, who also graduated from Clarion Area mentioned, “I can state that I am incredibly proud to wear Revolution across my chest.

“Our 18’s are a prime example of leaders in our club. They embody all of the pillars that Revolution stands for… intangibles, IQ, technique, and athleticism. Their voice and their energy come from within, their anticipation and ability to see the game. Their focus, strength, and performance continues to be exceptional.

“Across the board, ALL of our Revolution’s teams showed up this weekend and performed stellar, even when some teams faced adversity of sickness and injuries.” 

(Congratulations on this great championship, Revolution Pittsburgh!!!!)