Phillip “Lipo” Sinapati
PIVA Conference Commissioner
Born and raised in American Samoa, Phillip attended Washington State University after high school. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Pre-Law Option and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Participated in Intramural Sports at WSU, Spike and Dig Tournaments, City of Pullman City Leagues, and was a Member/Player and currently the Assistant Coach of the Washington State University Men’s Volleyball Sports Club.
When not playing volleyball, Phillip currently works as the Multicultural Coordinator and Advisor for the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) Committees and Oversees the Student-Led Conferences of SHAPING (Shaping High School Asian Pacific Islanders for the Next Generation), CASHE (Children of Aztlan Sharing Higher Education), and VIBES (Visionary Inspiring Black Empowered Students. A movie enthusiast, Phillip also serves as Manager at the Village Centre Cinemas in Pullman, WA.
Entering in his second season as Commissioner, Phillip sees the opportunity to expand the sport within the region, promote the importance of sustaining these club sports within their respective schools, increase visibility of the conference, increase the level of competition within the conference, and assist in providing more opportunities for the PIVA schools to compete in other tournaments across the nation. In addition, Phillip will be working with both NCVF and USAV organizations on operations within the Northwest. It is his hope that more PIVA teams will be represented at the NCVF Championships in April 2017 in Kansas City, MO.
Born and raised in San Jose, CA; Gregg attended Bellarmine College Preparatory where he played volleyball for 3 years. After high school, Gregg spent his first year at University of Denver before transferring to Central Oregon Community College where he received his Associates Degree. In May 2017, Gregg will receive his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Human Development from Washington State University, Pullman, WA. In his two years at WSU, Gregg has been a part of the WSU Men’s Volleyball Sports Club and served as President in his last year. He helped lead their team to a second place finish in the 2016 PIVA League Championships and a 5th place finish in the Gold Bracket in Division IAA at the 2016 NCVF Championships.
Aside from volleyball, Gregg is also a big sports enthusiast! To just call him a fan of his Bay Area teams is an understatement as he is super passionate about his home teams, namely; Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and the San Francisco 49ers. He comes from a very supportive family and they too are just as zealous about sports and their home teams.
As he looks onward to what 2017 has in store, he hopes to end his volleyball collegiate club career at WSU with a League Championship and a NCVF Division IAA Championship. He would like to seek out more opportunities to work with sports and youth programs upon graduation.