A new professional league has appeared in the U.S., and surprisingly, it’s an indoor league. After a couple of summers of professional beach leagues popping up everywhere to fill the void left by the AVP, the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) materialized to up the level of adult indoor competition and create awareness for the national adult volleyball community.
The first women’s PVL teams were created last year and 12 regions competed in the USAV Open National Championships: Arizona, Northern California, Great Lakes, Hoosier, Puget Sound, Evergreen, Florida, Iowa, New England, North Texas, Intermountain, and Western Empire. This year, the hope is that each active PVL region will also add a men’s team, and that additional regions will create women’s programs. The preseason projection by the PVL estimated 16 women’s teams and between 8 and 12 for the men.
In 2012, USAV Open Nationals was the only PVL competition, but in 2013 the women plan to compete at various juniors’ tournaments around the country and demonstrate to the junior players that there are high-level volleyball opportunities out there after college, even if an athlete isn’t playing at a high enough level to go pro overseas.
The Hoosier Exterminators won the first PVL championship, taking home the first-place purse of $10,000 after defeating the Iowa Ice 3-1.
The new men’s league championship will be at the Boys’ Junior National Championships (June 27-July 4) in Reno, Nev., while the women will continue to play at USAV Open Nationals (May 24-29), this year in Louisville, Ky.
Originally published in February 2013