Both Sophomore Emily Alanis and Freshman Olivia Kerna, volleyball players at Indian Land High School, have been selected to train with the Under Armour Volleyball Factory National Tournament Team and National Training Program.

Emily has been invited to attend the Volleyball Factory Select Winter Training during the NCAA Volleyball Championship in Ohio held at the Columbus Volleyball Center. 

Olivia has been invited to attend the Volleyball Factory Winter Training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center held in Colorado Springs, Colorado this December. 


This rare opportunity will have these athletes benefiting from a rigorous 4 day training program that will allow them not only to receive national recognition from college recruiters but also help them reach their highest potential as volleyball athletes. They will both work one-on-one with professional collegiate coaches to polish their skills in serving, attacking, blocking, digging and setting while competing with top female high school volleyball athletes in the country.

Chef Tillie is donating her services in a raffle to raise funds for these two athletes. The raffle will include a private dinner party for up to 8 people in the comfort of their own home with tickets priced at $20 each or 3/$50. Emily and Olivia will be helping with clean up in the kitchen during the dinner party as a thank you for participating in this fundraiser. Chef Tillie will also provide a professional server for your event. This raffle item is valued at $3500. Chef Tillie's Dinner Parties include:

  • 5 course meal including appetizer, starter, salad, entree, and dessert 

  • A fully customized menu

  • Creative menu options for guests with dietary restrictions or concerns 

  • Hand-picked, high quality ingredients from the most reputable local markets and vendors

  • Fresh, restaurant quality dishes prepared in your own home

  • Incredible flavor combinations, textures, colors, and aromas

  • A spotless kitchen at the end of your event

  • All grocery and labor costs including servers, kitchen staff, etc

  • Centerpieces, table linens or runners, place cards, menus, flatware & china

  • Charlotte area only 

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The dinner party will take place either on Saturday November 19th or Sunday December 4th depending on the winner's preference.


Their goal is to raise $5500 for both athletes which will cover the cost of transportation, room & board, training, registration, and insurance costs. If we exceed this goal all extra donations will be donated to the ILHS Volleyball Program. Deadline for ticket sales is November 1st at noon!!! The drawing will be held on November 1st, 2017 at 4pm live on social media where Emily & Olivia will be drawing the winner.


To purchase your tickets for a chance to win click on your choice below or attend one of their home volleyball games where tickets will be sold! Click here for the schedule. If you do not live in the Charlotte area and would like to donate please visit their GoFundMe page.

Alanis: “It's an honor to be selected to train with college coaches alongside such an elite group of players. I've dreamed of getting to this point. I've worked hard to develop my skills and help my team, and this recognition just reinforces the drive I have to push myself.  My goal is to play at the highest level that I can in both beach and indoor volleyball. Nothing exposes character like sports and I hope to show that I have not only the talent, but also the character to make my coaches and teammates proud to have me on their side of the court.”


Alanis has also played on CUVC’s semi-national club team as well as placing 1st (2015) & 2nd (2016) in her age groups at the National Sand Championships the last two years.

Kerna: “To be chosen for this opportunity is such an honor. I can’t wait to see how my skills compare with some of the nation’s best volleyball players and receive the training I need to take my skills to the next level. My dream is to play in college and maybe even the Olympics someday. I will continue to work very hard and stay focused so I can accomplish these goals.”


Kerna has played for both Union Select Academy on their Power Team as well as CJV’s semi-national team.

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Thank you to the following people for purchasing a raffle ticket and for generously donating to help these young ladies achieve their dreams:

Wayne Carter (3)

Thomas Clancy (6)

Cook Family (3)

Geiger Family (6)

Meewes Family (1)

Morse Family (3)

Sergio Khomyak (3)

Raynor Family (3)

Smith Family (3)

Stowers Family (1)

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