Sunday, 14 April 2024

International Volleyball

Pro Volleyball Federation news, notes, schedule, updated standings

Pro Volleyball Federation news, notes, schedule, updated standings

Hannah Maddux of the Vegas Thrill attacks against Atlanta

The Pro Volleyball Federation is more or less one-third of the way through its inaugural 24-match regular season.

Four of the seven teams have played nine matches, two have played seven and one has played six as the schedule slowly evens out.

Next up are three matches on Saturday, when the Columbus Fury go to the Grand Rapids Rise for the first noon first serve of the season, and that night the Vegas Thrill are at the Atlanta Vibe and the Omaha Supernovas go to the Orlando Valkyries.

Here are the standings after two results this past Monday, when the Vibe swept at the Thrill and the Mojo held off the visiting Rise in five:

Through March 4
1. Atlanta Vibe (6-3)
2. Omaha Supernovas (6-3)
3. Columbus Fury (4-2)
4. Orlando Valkyries (4-5)
5. Grand Rapids Rise (3-4)
6. Vegas Thrill (3-6)
7. San Diego Mojo (2-5)

OF NOTE: Omaha has won the most sets, 23, while losing 13. Atlanta is 21-15 in sets … The hottest team in the PVF is Columbus, which started 0-2 but has won four in a row since … Omaha and Atlanta have played twice. The Vibe won the league opener in five on January 24 and the Supernovas swept in Atlanta in their last match, February 29.

POWs: There have been six players of the week, most recently Anna Lazareva of Atlanta. The 6-foot-3 Russian opposite, who turned 34 in January, had 49 kills, 41 digs, six blocks and three aces in a week in which her team went 2-1. 

Atlanta teammates Alli Linnhan and Leah Edmond were named the first two PVF POWs. Since then, the honor has gone to Orlando’s Adora Anae, Emiliya Dimitrova of Grand Rapids, and last week Reagan Cooper of Columbus. Cooper, a PVF rookie who played at three colleges — Washington State, Texas Tech and Kansas — is the only first-year pro to win the award.

SATURDAY’S MATCHUPS: Grand Rapids swept Columbus in the first match for both teams on January 25 … This is the first Atlanta-Vegas matchup … Omaha has beaten Orlando twice, both times in four sets.

STAT LEADERS: Here are the league leaders in kills, blocks and assists.

Atlanta’s Leah Edmond has 158 kills, followed by Orlando’s Adora Anae (145) and Jill Gillen (134). Emiliya Dimitrova of Grand Rapids has 134 and fifth is Fury teammate Claire Chaussee (122).

Kaz Brown of Orlando has the most solo blocks, 34. Marin Grote of Grand Rapids (28) and Molly McCage of the Vegas Thrill (27) are right behind. Omaha’s Tori Dixon is next with 25 and M’Kaela White has 23.

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