Synergy Volleyball Club


Synergy Volleyball is committed to growing the game of volleyball throughout the Philadelphia region, from the city to the suburbs, for the young and the old. Our new facility gives us the opportunity to build a tremendous community resource for Philadelphia. We look forward to building relationships with all levels of the Greater Philadelphia community through our club program, training, events, leagues and service projects.

Our new logo was designed to showcase our commitment to becoming the Home of Philadelphia Volleyball. The skyline represents the city of Philadelphia, the heart of who we are. Each star represents the surrounding counties. The outer circle shows that we are all united as one front—Synergy, the Home of Philadelphia Volleyball!


Chang Han


Chang has coached our top 18s team for the last two seasons. Prior to that, Chang coached our 14 Orange team and in previous years he has been the Head Coach for the 15 Orange, 16 Orange, and 17 Orange teams.

Chang is currently the head coach at Agnes Irwin High School. He served as the head coach at Perkiomen Valley High School before moving to Agnes Irwin.

You can reach Chang directly at:

(610) 316-3235

Chris Birch


Chris Birch joined Synergy in 2016. Chris also serves as an assistant coach for Great Lakes Lightning, a professional men's team. He also works as a consultant for Data Project USA, a worldwide leader in volleyball statistics.

Prior to joining Synergy, Chris served as the Director of Volleyball Operations at the University of Virginia from 2012-2016. While at UVA, Chris was in charge of scouting opponents, breaking down game film, coordinating team travel, implementing a yearly marketing plan and directing summer camps. UVA was ranked 172nd in the nation when Chris arrived but finished the 2015 season ranked 59th, narrowly missing a birth into the NCAA tournament.

Chris was the owner/director of X-Factor Volleyball Club in Reading, PA from 2010-2012. The club saw growth each season and continues to operate today. Chris was also the assistant varsity coach and head JV coach at Exeter Township High School during this time, playing a key role in the early development of the team that advanced to the PIAA Class AAA State Semifinals in 2014.

Chris has also spent some time with USA Volleyball as a technical coordinator. He worked with the Men’s National Team in 2008 and 2009 For the Pan American Cup. The team won the Gold Medal both years. He was on staff with the Boys’ Youth National Team that finished 10th in the 2009 FIVB World Championships.

From 2006-2010, Chris served as a student assistant coach with the Penn State men’s volleyball team. The team made the NCAA Final Four each year during that time, including winning the 2008 National Championship and finishing as the 2010 National Runner-Up.

Chris attended Exeter Township High School in Reading, PA where he was a setter. He was a member of the team that advanced to the PIAA State Semifinals in 2003. He played club volleyball for Red Rose, one of the premier clubs in the state at the time.

You can reach Chris directly at:

(434) 282-3754

Kendall Turk

Club Administrator

Kendall serves as club administrator while also coaching at Synergy. Last season, she coached the 16 Hydrogen team. Kendall also serves as the head coach at Saucon Valley High School. Kendall started her coaching career as an assistant coach for Synergy Lehigh Valley 14 Navy. After coming on board with Synergy she decided that she wanted to learn more and have more responsibility so Kendall became the head coach position for the 16 travel team in 2014- 2015 season.

Kendall’s volleyball career started when she was 11 years old in 2000 when she joined Tenacity VBC as a Middle blocker and Outside Hitter. After Tenacity, Kendall went looking for other clubs and found herself playing two different club teams in the Lehigh Valley over a 7-year span. As Kendall has gotten older she has continued to play competitive volleyball as a Setter and outside hitter for the last 8 years in adult leagues. Kendall’s passion and love for the sport that she has played over the last 16+ years of her life has brought her great joy. Kendall is very excited to be able to teach what she has learned over the years to all the girls she coaches.

You can reach Kendall directly at:

(610) 704-8103

Cassie Kleespies

Facility Manager

Cassie Kleespies brings a wealth of volleyball experience to Synergy. Cassie played Division I volleyball at The University of Toledo from 2008-2011. As an outside and rightside hitter, she earned MAC Player of the Week honors and finished at the top of the conference in hitting percentage her junior and senior years.

While attending Toledo, Cassie also coached at Whitmer High School and Anthony Wayne High School. She also coached club teams during that time.

Cassie graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2008. While there, she was a four-year varsity starter. She played middle, outside and rightside and was a six rotation player for all four years. She received All-District and All-State honors during her time at Avon Grove. Cassie led Avon Grove to their first appearance in the PIAA State Championships where they advanced to the quarterfinals. While at Avon Grove, Cassie set school records for kills, aces and digs.

Lexi Kegerise

Community Outreach Coordinator

Lexi Kegerise has been coaching with Synergy since 2013. She spent the two previous years with other clubs in the area, Club Integrity and Freedom Volleyball Club. Lexi has experience coaching teams from 13s-17s.

Lexi spent four years as a starting outside hitter at West Chester University earning four all-PSAC conference honors. She ranks within the Golden Rams top 8 for career kills. Lexi graduated from West Chester with a degree in Finance and has since earned a Master’s Degree in Financial Services from Boston University.

In 2005, Lexi worked with the athletic director to get a volleyball program started at Perkiomen Valley High School. In four years on the varsity roster, Lexi played outside hitter and setter and received numerous conference awards. She holds the school’s kill record.

Lexi enjoys spending time volunteering and encourages all young athletes to develop a passion for helping others. Lexi has held a volunteer coaching position at St. Eleanor CYO in Collegeville, PA for the past two seasons. In addition, she has coaching in clinics over the years for Saints Peter and Paul Parish in West Chester, PA and Pottstown Community Youth Volleyball in Pottstown, PA. Outside of volleyball Lexi spent two years volunteering with include Starlight Foundation Mid Atlantic, and currently spends time volunteering with the United Way and Philabundance.

You can reach Lexi directly at:

Community Outreach.

All of our teams are required to complete a community service project during the season. Synergy is more than just volleyball- we are a part of the Philadelphia community. If you work with a group that would like to collaborate with Synergy please contact Lexi Kegerise, our Community Outreach Coordinator, at


Class of 2017
Allie DeAbreu: Delaware, DI
Alexis Capers: Lafayette, DI
Kierra Maynard: West Chester, DII
Liz Conca: Swarthmore, DIII
Lauren Coscia: Cabrini, DIII
Ashley Newman: Rutgers-Camden, DIII
Kayla Nespoli: Penn State Berks, DIII

Class of 2016
Lauren Miller: Quinnipiac, DI
Gabby Napoleon: Dominican College, DII
Kristen Nealon: Lock Haven, DII
Ally Fea: Calvin College, DIII
Hayley Glah: Neumann College, DIII
Alysa McDevitt: Lycoming College, DIII
Olivia Schappell: Carnegie Mellon University, DIII
Ginny Ulichney: Tufts University, DIII
Olivia Zdradzinski: Immaculata University, DIII

Class of 2015
Courtney Horace: West Point, DI
Haley Kleespies: Radford University, DI
Mackenzie O'Brien: Marist College, DI
Elizabeth Scott: IUPUI, DI
Heather Swann: Mercer University, DI
Dorothy Lowell: Penn State Brandywine, DIII
Lauren Muller: Carnegie Mellon University, DIII
Kristina Scott: Virginia Wesleyan College, DIII
Courtney Vidovich: University of Rochester, DIII

Class of 2014
Emma Aldaya: Rider University, DI
Jennifer Borio: Rider University, DI
Veronica Koval: Rider University, DI
Taylor Leath: University of North Carolina, DI

Class of 2013
Sharay Barnes: University of Kentucky, DI
Elizabeth Gassman: Marist College, DI
Casey Griffith: University of Maryland Baltimore County, DI
Taylor Krause: Pennylvania State University, DI
Nicole Lott: University of North Carolina Wilmington, DI
Morgan Lowe: Lehigh University, DI
Kirsten Overton: Temple University, DI
Alaina Piszczek: Rider University, DI
Lexi Rhein: College of Charleston, DI
Kelly Robertson: Pennylvania State University, DI
Erika Smith: Millersville, DII

Class of 2012
Rebecca Bates: U.S. Air Force Academy, DI
Molly Grammer: Seton Hall University, DI
Mackenzie Kleespies: James Madison University, DI
Randi Leath: DePaul University, DI
Paige Miller: University of Maryland-Baltimore County, DI
Jenna Potts: Xavier University/University of Pittsburgh, DI
Chelsea Rafetto: Elon University , DI
Alexa Swann: Virginia Tech, DI
Regina Trabosh: Temple University, DI
Katie Troyan: Lehigh University, DI
Samantha Agostini: Millersville University, DII
Taylor Gottshall: Shippensburg University, DII
Abby Gruver: Chestnut Hill College, DII
Gwen Houtmann: West Chester University, DII
Kelsey Mazurek: Pace University, DII

Class of 2011
Maggie Deichmeister: Duke University, DI
Emma Deininger: Radford University, DI
Jessica Kupcha: George Washington University, DI
Stacey Manthorpe: Seton Hall University, DI
Shelbey Manthorpe: Seton Hall University, DI
Devon Maugle: University of Connecticut, DI
Rachel Weichecki: Radford University, DI

Class of 2010
Audra Brady: Marist College, DI
Rachel D’epagnier: Cornell University, DI
Emily Carlin: Radford University, DI
Marika Desanctis: Temple University, DI
Megan Forbes: West Point, DI
Victoria Hamsher: Virginia Tech, DI
Casey Read: Marquette University, DI
Allison Grammer: West Chester University, DII

Class of 2009
Danielle Carozza: Temple University, DI
Breanna Mazalewski: LaSalle University, DI
Ella Meier: University of Missouri (KC), DI
Courtney Rhein: Appalachian State, DI
Amanda Sawlsville: Siena College, DI

Class of 2008
Layne Adams: Canisius College, DI
Emily Elek: Canisius College, DI
Helen Fitzpatrick: University of Delaware/West Chester, DI/II
Cassie Kleespies: University of Toledo, DI
Kelly Rhein: Univ of Virginia/Appalachian State, DI
Heather Tice: Pennsylvania State University, DI
Krissy Wrobel: Seton Hall University, DI

Class of 2007
Cayleigh Ashman: Temple University, DI
Kayla Beck: LaSalle University, DI
Nina Camaioni: Loyola University (Md.), DI
Colleen Mita: Dartmouth College, DI/Ivy
Kayly Weninger: James Madison University, DI
Emily Pany: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, DII
Erin Przybylowicz: Dowling College, DII
Melissa Ritter: Barton College, DII
Kelsey Scheipe: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, DII

Class of 2004
Maureen Whitsett: Temple University, DI
Megan McInnes: College of William & Mary, DI
Melissa Walbridge: Pennsylvania State University, DI
Alysson Sanders: Liberty University, DI

Class of 2003
Jaime Kenworthy: Marist College, DI
Jessica Waybrant: Temple University, DI
Katie Woffindin: College of William & Mary, DI
Kristen Bertucci: Auburn University, DI
Makini Thompson: Long Beach State/Florida State, DI
Nicole Kelly: Seton Hall University, DI
Amy Starosta: University of Pennsylvania, DI (IVY)
Sara Thorson: Tulane University, DI

Class of 2002
Stephanie Buynovsky: Temple University, DI
Kristen Conway: Syracuse University, DI
Kim Glass: University of Arizona, DI (Olympian, Silver Medalist)
Kate Hart: Elon University, DI
Liz Hubbard: Siena College, DI
Jennifer Knox: University of Pacific, DI (US Junior Nat. Team)
Robin Lewullis: University of Miami, DI
Erin McQuillin: Syracuse University, DI
Sarah Morgan: University of South Carolina, DI
Megan Stadler: University of Delaware, DI
Melissa Waybrant: Towson University, DI
Lauren Mable: Cedarville College, NAIA

Class of 2001
Christina Birog: Towson University, DI
Jennifer Dewalt: University of Maryland, DI
Whitney Gifford: University of Tennessee, DI
Meredith Marakovits: LaSalle University, DI
Erika Marion: Columbia University, DI (Ivy)
Alison Runk: Temple University, DI
Jessica Taylor: Pittsburgh State University, DII
Tonya Zatko: Clarion University, DII

Class of 2000
Julie Davis: University of Kentucky, DI
Laura Heffner: Virginia Commonwealth University, DI
Anne Horwedel: Temple University, DI
Dana Castellotti: University of Massachusetts, DII

Class of 1999
Erin Birunas: Villanova University, DI
Amanda Breitfeld: Binghamton University, DI
Simone George: Long Island University, DI
Abbey Van Matter: Syracuse University, DI
Crescent Edwards: Philadelphia University, DII

Class of 1998
Annie Landreth: Long Island University, DI (1st Synergy Player, Sept. 94)
Paige Ellertson: Seton Hall University, DI
Melanie Madden: Towson University, DI
Michelle Brusstar: Lehigh University, DI
Cameo Neeman: University of Delaware, DI (1st Synergy D1 Recruit)
Becky Bell: Ball State University, DI
Ellen Young: U.S. Naval Academy, DI
Kelli Crouch: Lock Haven University, DII
Michele Ide: Slippery Rock University, DII

Contact Us.

Address: 250 King Manor Drive, King of Prussia 19406


Co-Director - Chang Han

Co-Director - Chris Birch


Club Administrator - Kendall Turk