USA Premier Volleyball League Crowns New Champions at Fourth Annual PVL Championships in Detroit, Michigan

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The Premier Volleyball League (PVL) held their fourth annual league championship event May 23rd – 26th in Detroit, MI. This championship was held in conjunction with the USA Open National Championships, hosted by USA Volleyball.

The PVL is excited to announce the final finishes for the men’s and women’s teams that competed in the 2015 PVL Championships:

Men
1st – Gold: Hoosier Team Pineapple (IN)
2nd – Silver: Great Lakes Lightning (IL)
3rd – Bronze: Keystone Penn Blast (PA)
4th: Arizona Sizzle (AZ)
5th: Florida WAVE (FL)
6th: Team IE (Eastern NY)
7th: Chesapeake Rising Tide (VA, MD & DE)
7th: ODR Virginia Vibe (VA)
9th: Lakeshore Surge (MI)
10th: Gateway Volleyball Club (Eastern MO)
11th: Team GEVA (NJ)
11th: Iowa Icemen (IA)
13th: NORCAL Premier (Northern CA)
13th: NE Midnight Riders (New England)
13th: Ohio Valley Sky (OH)

Women
1st – Gold: Team North Texas (TX)
2nd – Silver: Team Western Empire (Western NY)
3rd – Bronze: Arizona Sizzle (AZ)
4th: Florida WAVE (FL)
5th: Great Lakes Lightning (IL)
6th: Team Iowa Ice (IA)
7th: Chesapeake Rising Tide (VA, MD & DE)
7th: Lakeshore Surge (MI)
9th: Ohio Valley Sky (OH)
10th: NCVA Dream Team (Northern CA)
11th: Gateway Volleyball Club (Eastern MO)
11th: Team IE (Eastern NY)
13th: Team GEVA (NJ)
13th: NE Midnight Riders (New England)

There was a $40,000 prize purse that was split between the winning men’s and women’s teams. The first place teams took home $10,000 each, second place $6,500 each and third place $3,500 each. This event took place over the course of four days at the COBO Center in Detroit, MI. The feature courts provided a live streaming option for fans that were not able to make the trip.

The first PVL championships took place in 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT with only 12 women’s teams competing. In 2015, the PVL has grown to 29 teams, including both men and women. To be eligible to play in the PVL, athletes must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and must be current members of their respective USA Volleyball region.

Steve Bishop, President of the PVL, commented on the winning teams and overall growth of the PVL. “Congratulations to the top finishing teams this year in Detroit: Hoosier Team Pineapple (men) and Team North Texas (women),” said Bishop. “The level of talent in the PVL continues to improve each year as more and more collegiate All-Americans are being added to the team rosters.”

Bishop also commented on the social activities and the support of other organizations surrounding the tournament. “In addition to the great on-court action, this year we continued the PVL tradition of hosting well attended after parties each night to celebrate the daily competitions and renew longstanding friendships,” Bishop said. “I would like to extend a sincere thank you to USA Volleyball for their tremendous support of our young league by assisting with court space, officials, lodging, and prize money along with recognizing several of our longstanding business partners: Data Project, David Jester Photography, PVL Announcer Dave Shaw, and ROX Volleyball,” said Bishop. “We look forward to hosting the US Open in Orlando next year and celebrating the 5th anniversary of the PVL.”

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

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 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, founded in 1928, 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:
Ashley Shewey, Senior Marketing Coordinator
Premier Volleyball League
t: 352-742-0080 e: ashley(at)usapvl(dot)com

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