Columbus’ Reagan Cooper Tabbed For Weekly Honors

February 27, 2024.- After leading her team to three straight victories for the first time this season, Columbus’ Reagan Cooper has been named Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week.

The outside hitter led the Fury in kills in all three matches, starting with a season-high 22 kills versus Omaha on Wednesday. She followed that effort with 15 and 21 kills in back-to-back wins over the Vegas Thrill. In the second match against the Thrill, she notched eight kills in the fourth set alone.

Cooper also recorded a season-best 15 digs in the home win over Vegas and tallied 33 overall in the three matches. She led the team in both points and kills for the week.

The native of Rowlett, Texas was the second-round pick for Columbus in the inaugural Pro Volleyball Federation draft in December.

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2024 Weekly Awards

Date                             Player                                     

February 27                Reagan Cooper, Columbus, OH

February 20                Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids, OPP

February 13                Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH

February 6                  Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH

January 30                 Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH       

Grand Rapids’ Dimitrova Selected For Weekly Accolade

February 20, 2024.- A stellar effort in the only Grand Rapids match of the week has led to league honors for Emiliya Dimitrova, who has been chosen as the latest Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week.

The opposite hitter turned in an impressive performance as the Rise regained first place in the league with a 3-2 home victory over the Atlanta Vibe. She recorded a match-high 26 kills while having only three attack errors on 58 swings for a season-best .397 hitting percentage.

The native of Shuman, Bulgaria added two blocks and an ace for a total of 29 points – tied for the second-most individual points in a league match. She also had 22 digs versus Atlanta to notch her third double-double of the year.

For the season, Dimitrova has 66 kills – with at least 12 in every match. She also boasts 57 total digs, with at least eight in each outing. The Rise return to action on Friday, March 1 when they travel to face Orlando at Addition Financial Arena.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues Wednesday when Columbus hosts Omaha in its first home match of the 2024 campaign.

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2024 Weekly Awards

Date                             Player                                     

February 20                Emiliya Dimitrova, Grand Rapids, OPP

February 13                Adora Anae, Orlando Valkyries, OH

February 6                  Leah Edmond, Atlanta Vibe, OH

January 30                  Alli Linnehan, Atlanta Vibe, OH        

Orlando’s Anae Tabbed For League Weekly Honor

February 13, 2024.- Two strong performances by the Orlando Valkyries’ Adora Anae have earned her the latest Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week honor.

The outside hitter helped her team to a 1-1 week, as she led both teams in points in each outing while starting every set. Against the Vegas Thrill, she recorded 18 points (13 kills, two blocks, three aces) as Orlando notched its first victory of the season. Anae also had 12 digs in the match.

The native of Laie, Hawaii followed that effort by leading both teams in points, kills and aces by tallying 30 points versus Atlanta. A total of 26 came from her kills (26), aces (3) and blocks (1) while she added 14 digs to that performance. The Valkyries dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Vibe.

For the season, Anae has posted totals of 69 points, 57 kills, 45 digs and five blocks. The Valkyries return to action on Friday when they host Columbus at Addition Financial Arena.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues over this coming weekend with five matches slated over three days (Thursday, Friday and Sunday).

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Edmond’s strong performance earns Weekly accolades

COLUMBUS, Ohio / FRISCO, Texas, February 6, 2024. – A second week of League action results in a second weekly award for the Atlanta Vibe as Leah Edmond has been tabbed as the latest Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week.

The outside hitter helped the Vibe to a sweep of the San Diego Mojo in the Atlanta home opener, as her team improved to 3-0 on the season. She tallied 16 kills in only three sets (5.3 per set), hitting at a .407 clip.

A native of Lexington, Ky., she was dominant in the match, recording 20 points (aces + kills + blocks) while adding season-highs with two aces and two blocks.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues in week three as the Vegas Thrill play their first match of the season at Omaha on Wednesday, followed by Grand Rapids at Atlanta on Friday and Vegas at Orlando on Saturday. Fans can purchase tickets now via links on the schedule of the official Pro Volleyball Federation website.

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Linnehan Earns First Pro Volleyball Federation Weekly Honor

COLUMBUS, Ohio / FRISCO, Texas – The Atlanta Vibe have started the season with two wins and have now earned the first award in league history as Alli Linnehan has been recognized as the first Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week.

The outside hitter started every set of both five-set matches for the Vibe, posting 2.0 kills per set in the victories over Omaha and Orlando. She led the team with 23 digs in the team’s win over the Valkyries, the most of any Atlanta outside hitter this past week.

Linnehan also tallied two blocks at Omaha and three at Orlando, also the highest mark of any Vibe player over the two-match span. In those two matches overall, she finished with 39 digs, 20 kills and two assists while recording a total of 26 points.

The native of Floyds Nobs, Ind. also scored the first point in the history of Pro Volleyball Federation with a kill on Omaha’s home floor in a match where she went on finish with 13 kills overall.

Pro Volleyball Federation action continues in week two as Atlanta opens it home slate by hosting the San Diego Mojo on Thursday, February 1, followed by San Diego then traveling to Omaha on Saturday, February 3.

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Nearly 25K turn out for First Week of Action

COLUMBUS, Ohio / FRISCO, Texas – The first three matches are in the books and the fans have turned out in droves during the first week of competition for Pro Volleyball Federation. In three matches, nearly 25,000 fans attended the action for the premier women’s volleyball league in North America.

The week started with a record crowd of 11,624 filling the CHI Health Center for the inaugural league match. The crowd was treated to a thrilling five-set victory as the Atlanta Vibe registered the first road win in Pro Volleyball Federation history with a 3-2 tally over he Supernovas.

Action continued on Thursday with the League’s first sellout crowd as 7,805 fans watched from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. The home fans left happy as the Grand Rapids Rise recorded a 3-0 sweep over the Columbus Fury.

The final match of the week saw another five-set nail-bitter with Atlanta posting its second road victory in the young season with a 3-2 win over the Orlando Valkyries. The teams played in front of 5,284 fans at Addition Financial Arena.

Overall, the attendance for the week totaled 24,713 – an average of 8,238 fans through three contests. The numbers include a record for a women’s professional volleyball match in the United States and a sellout crowd.

Play continues in week two as Atlanta opens it home slate with the San Diego Mojo on Thursday, February 1, followed by San Diego then traveling to Omaha on Saturday, February 3.

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First Pro Volleyball Federation Match Sets Attendance Record

OMAHA, Nebraska, January 2024 – The first match has been played and the first record has been broken as 11,624 fans filled the CHI Center in Omaha for the first match in Pro Volleyball Federation history on Wednesday January 24. The attendance mark from the contest between the Atlanta Vibe and Omaha Supernovas sets a record for a women’s professional volleyball match in the United States.

“What a fantastic turnout by volleyball fans for our first match,” boasted Jen Spicher, CEO of Pro Volleyball Federation. “Every past, current and future volleyball player throughout the country should be proud to see this support for a sport we all love so much.”

The previous high attendance for a women’s professional volleyball match in the United States was 10,213 fans at an Olympic qualifier on January 9, 2016. The contest, held at Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, Neb. was a 3-0 U.S. Women’s National Team victory over the Dominican Republic. It concluded the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament and earned the USA a berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“This historic moment is all about the players and our amazing fans who are making this dream a reality,” said Omaha Supernovas co-owner Danny White. “It’s an honor to host the inaugural match and allow Nebraskans to set the bar high.”

Omaha co-owner Chris Erickson added, “It is an honor to provide these athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents at the world-class level, here in Nebraska and throughout the United States. Tonight’s attendance of our League’s inaugural match proves that the time for professional volleyball in America is now.”

The day was one of many highlights for volleyball – led by two of the highest-profile women leaders in the state. The First Lady of Nebraska, Suzanne Pillen, read a proclamation declaring today “Professional Volleyball Day” in Nebraska. In addition, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert presented the Supernovas’ owners a Key to the City.

“Playing in the first match in Pro Volleyball Federation history is a testament to the work both of our organizations have done to build a platform that allows our top-level athletes to shine,” said Colleen Craig, owner of the Atlanta Vibe. “The volleyball community really showed out here for this monumental moment in volleyball history and we feel so grateful to be a part of it.”

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