Women's Florida Wave Team Takes Second at the PVL Championships

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The Team Florida Wave won second place in the Gold Division at the 2nd Annual Women’s PVL Championships in Louisville, KY.

The Team Florida Wave, the first women’s indoor pro volleyball team in Florida, competed in the 2nd Annual PVL Championships May 25-28 in Louisville, KY and brought home a silver medal in the Gold Division. With a record of 7-1, the Florida Wave fell short to Team Iowa Ice in the finals with scores of 18-25, 21-25, and 17-25 but was still able to capture $6,500 of the 20,000 prize purse allotted by USA Volleyball. Three out of the top four teams in the playoffs were all from Team Florida Wave’s pool.

Team Florida Wave outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel, named to the All-Tournament team and a former athlete and graduate of the University of Florida, added, “I love being a part of the Team Florida Wave Program; they are organized, efficient, and always make sure we are taken care of on and off the court. Competing in the PVL with this elite group of athletes and coaches is a great experience and playing against high level competition has made me a better player.”

The mission of the PVL is to create a successful and sustainable indoor professional volleyball league for elite-level post-collegiate female athletes in the United States.

This year’s championships boasted 15 women’s PVL teams from among the forty (40) regional volleyball associations from around the country. The PVL vision is to eventually have 20 women’s teams across the US. Steve Bishop, the General Manager of the Wave and the PVL President is optimistic of the growth of the PVL since its origination last year. “The PVL has grown from 12 women’s teams last year to 15 teams this year and we’re excited to bring professional level volleyball to junior athletes and fans here in the United States. We look forward to adding more teams and creating more playing opportunities for those athletes that wish to play in the US while pursuing a professional career after they finish college,” said Bishop.

Team Florida Wave Roster:

Evan Sanders (Lafayette, CO), S, 6'0", The University of Washington

Nirelle Hampton (Gainesville, FL), S, 5'10", Texas Christian University

Correy Johnson (Fern Park, FL), OPP, 6'4", University of California, Berkeley

Kristy Jaeckel (Denver, CO), OH, 6'2", University of Florida – All-Tournament Team

Marcela Oliveira (Davenport, FL), OH, 5'11", University of South Florida

Kelsey Black (Amarillo, TX), OH, 5'10", Texas A&M University

Sareea Freeman (Tallahassee, FL), MB, 6'4", Florida State University

Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, FL), MB, 6'3", Florida State University

Jordana Price (Valdosta, GA), MB (, 6'1", Florida State University

Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, FL), MB/OPP, 6', University of Florida – All Tournament Team

Kuulei Kabalis (Hilo, HI), LIB, 5'6", Kansas State University

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Team Florida Wave Staff:

Nick Cheronis (Gainesville, FL) – Head Coach

Michelle Chatman (Gainesville, FL) – Asst. Coach

Pete Sproules (Jacksonville, FL) – Asst. Coach

Steve Bishop (Eustis, FL) – General Manager/PVL President

Krissy McKane (Eustis, FL) – Team Manager

Ben Keyes (Orlando, FL) – Licensed Massage Therapist

David Jester (Orlando, FL) – Official Photographer of the PVL

About Florida Region of USA Volleyball:

The Florida Region of USA Volleyball was established in 1982 to promote the sport of volleyball and to create competitive playing opportunities for volleyball enthusiasts throughout the State of Florida. The Florida Region is a member of USA Volleyball and currently serves over 12,000 adult and junior members. Additional information on the Florida Region can be found at: http://www.FloridaVolleyball.org.

About USA Premier Volleyball League:

The USA PVL is a grass roots professional volleyball league that began in 2012 and is made up of teams from among of the forty (40) regional volleyball associations across the United States. The USA PVL is sanctioned by USA Volleyball and offers tournament play and a League Championship event each year. Additional information on the USA Premier Volleyball League can be found at: http://www.usapvl.com.

About USA Volleyball:

USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized by the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Additional information on USA Volleyball can be found at: http://www.USAVolleyball.org.

For additional information contact:
Krissy McKane, Marketing Coordinator
Florida Region of USA Volleyball, Inc.
15010 US Highway 441 - Eustis, FL 32726
T: 352-742-0080
F: 352-414-5304
E: Krissy(at)FloridaVolleyball(dot)org
W: http://www.FloridaVolleyball.org

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