The Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA) is a premier youth and junior volleyball organization based in Southern California with multiple affiliates spread in different locations in and around the southland — all bought into LAVA’s overall mission of Volleyball Done Differently. LAVA is overseen by its Director of Operations Nabil Mardini and its Director of Development Trevor Julian.

LAVA BAKO (BAKERSFIELD, CA) — Based out of Bakersfield, California, LAVA Bakersfield (aka “LAVA Bako”) launched in the summer of 2015 as a LAVA program boasting excellent coaches and administrators with deep ties to the Bakersfield volleyball community. Three things are abundantly clear in Bakersfield: (1) there is an immense amount of junior girls volleyball talent in the area; (2) this group of talent deserves the best possible coaching and training to help it succeed; and (3) the area has not had as much success as would be expected, given the depth and degree of talent, from a regional and national performance perspective.

LAVA Bakersfield seeks to take the truths listed above, capture them and reshape them, and to reshape the culture of an area with a program that boasts a consistent coaching and training regimen and wants to perform at a higher level, and succeed on a grander scale. LAVA Bako utilizes its home facility out of the Riverlakes Ranch Community Center under enthusiastic Club Director Lorraine Aguilar, a Bakersfield native and current multi-year Assistant Coach for the successful Bakersfield College Women’s Volleyball program under Head Coach Carl Ferreira.


Tryouts for 12’s, 13’s & 14’s age divisions open Saturday October 17. Tryouts for the 15’s age division open Saturday November 07. Tryouts for the 16’s age division open Saturday November 14. LAVA Bako offers Pre-Tryout Clinics throughout September and October. Click the flyer icon at right for more details.

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Lorraine and her coaches are guided and advised by the principals of the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, the biggest club west of the Rockies with resources and organizational benefits far beyond local clubs, and the structure and support LAVA provides makes LAVA Bako an exciting new opportunity to Bakersfield players from ages 08-16 (grades 03-10). Travel teams will be offered in the 12’s, 13’s, 14’s, 15’s & 16’s age divisions. No 17’s/18’s teams will be offered for the 2015-2016 season. Extensive non-travel training and youth options will also be available, more info for which will be available soon. Welcome to LAVA Bakersfield and we’ll see you in the gym!

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