U.S. women's professional volleyball void is filled, and possibly overflowing, with 3 upstart leagues

Texas’ Asjia O’Neal (7) carries the championship trophy while lining up to shake hands with Louisville at the NCAA college volleyball championship finals, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/John S. Peterson) OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Volleyball has been the No. 1 sport in girls participation in the United States for almost a decade. What You Need To Know Volleyball has been the No. 1 sport in girls participation in the United States for almost a decade More than 90,000 fans showed up for an outdoor match in Nebraska’s football stadium last summer, and the NCAA semifinal and championship matches set attendance and television viewership records The next sign of the sport’s evolution in this country was on display Wednesday night when the Atlanta Vibe played the Omaha Supernovas in the debut of the Pro Volleyball Federation The PVF is one of three U.S. women’s professional leagues operating or planned for players who previously had no choice but to go overseas to continue their careers More than 90,000 fans showed up for an outdoor match in Nebraska’s football stadium last summer, and the NCAA semifinal and championship matches set attendance and television viewership records. The next sign of the sport’s evolution in this country was on display Wednesday night when the Atlanta Vibe played the Omaha Supernovas in the debut of the Pro Volleyball Federation . The PVF is one of three U.S. women’s professional leagues now operating or planned for players who previously had no choice but to go overseas to continue their careers. League One Volleyball is on track to launch in November. The five-week Athletes Unlimited league recently wrapped up its third season. Tori Dixon, the 31-year-old middle blocker for the Supernovas, has played in Azerbaijan, Japan, Italy and China over seven pro seasons. […]

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