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The inclusive Volleyball program is open to all girls in grades 6 through 12, regardless of ability or experience.

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Learning Skills for On and Off the Court

From making quick and strategic decisions to owning and accepting mistakes, Middle and Upper School Volleyball players at Thomas Jefferson learn lessons they can apply on and off the court.

By playing Volleyball, students learn how to work hard, be part of a team, communicate, and persevere. They also learn what it takes to demonstrate good sportsmanship, including winning and losing with grace.

Athletes do not need previous experience to play Volleyball at TJ. Our inclusive program allows all students to test new capacities and discover new talents without fear of being cut from the team.

Experienced and gifted volleyball players also have opportunities to thrive in our highly competitive program. Over the years, TJ has won conference and district championships and has placed at the state tournament. Our program also has produced two All-State athletes.

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Dave Soetaert is the head coach of the TJ Upper School Volleyball team. Over a coaching career that has spanned more than 20 years, he has coached at five schools and in four different classifications. The assistant coach is Maghen Dresslaer.

Emily Valdez coaches the Middle School team.

MSHSAA & Ozark 7 Conference

Thomas Jefferson is a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) at the Upper School level and a MSHSAA Affiliate school at the Middle School level. At the Middle and Upper School levels, TJ is a member of the Ozark 7 Conference, which includes College Heights, Exeter, Golden City, McAuley, Thomas Jefferson, Verona, and Wheaton.


Conference Championships


District Championships


3rd-place State Championship finishes


“Outside of academics, Thomas Jefferson was my second family. Everyone supported me through thick and thin and I am unbelievably grateful that I was able to attend TJ.”

Halley, TJ Class of 2009