Anna Chin

Anna Chin plays beach at Tulane University.  She played for Mater Dei beach volleyball team and coaches for Sand Soul.-“I’ve been training with Valinda since I was 14 and I still train with her to this day. She is one of the best coaches I have worked with, and I definitely would not be where I am today without her”

Elise Zappia


Elise Zappia plays beach volleyball at UCLA, recently placed 13th in her first AVP tournament.  She played on Mater Dei beach volleyball team and coaches for Sand Soul beach volleyball club.  -“Playing for Valinda and coaching for her has been such a great opportunity for me. Through Sand Soul I have been able to strengthen my faith and play the game that I love.

Payton Chang


Payton Chang is playing indoor and beach at Stanford University.  She played for Mater Dei beach volleyball team.- “Playing for Valinda during my Mater Dei volleyball career changed me both as an athlete and as a person. Not only did Valinda push me every day during practice and in competition but also taught me how to incorporate my faith and God into volleyball and I could not be more thankful for her as my coach and friend. “

Emily Reinking


Emily Reinking is a member of Irvine Valley College’s indoor and sand volleyball teams.  She plans to transfer in the fall of 2016 and continue her volleyball career at a four year university.
“I have known Valinda my whole life, and I currently train or coach with her on a weekly basis for SandSoul volleyball club.  She is not only an amazing volleyball player but a strong Christian.  The way she combines her faith with her love of volleyball is inspirational to me, and I hope that I can inspire other young athletes the way she does me.”

Jnai Higgins


Jnai Higgins played indoor at Cal state fullerton and then transferred to Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, FL.   “Playing for Coach V was a phenomenal experience and I loved every moment spent with her and my teammates. She not only taught me how to be a better volleyball player, but strengthened my faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. Valinda is not just a great coach, but an amazing person and anyone would be lucky enough to be coached by her.”

Kristen Kiehnle


Kristen Kiehnle plays beach at UCLA.  She played for Mater Dei high school beach team. – “Valinda was first beach coach and mentor.Her knowledge of the game, enthusiasm and coaching contributed to the player I am today.”

Sydney Palmer


Sydney Palmer plays at Arizona State University.  She played for Mater Dei beach volleyball team. ” I was so grateful to have Valinda as a coach not only is she good at playing games but she’s great at coaching it and showing players why beach volleyball is probably the best sport around. Most may see her as someone who seems to be a little cuckoo but she’s more than that she’s a great role model to so many young volleyball players. She makes volleyball fun and competitive at the same time. She has a lot of insight to give and is willing to give it to those who are interested. She’s a true inspiration and great to be around. If you don’t get the chance to meet her it’s your lost. She’s a great person to be around a great coach to have. ”

Isabella and Freshie Shepard

“We cannot say enough about this wonderful organization.  Our kids learn so much at every practice and event… And not just about volleyball but also character, confidence, and grace.  Watching them become better athletes in this uplifting environment is a joy for our entire family… Thank you Sand Soul!!”