PREMIER LEAGUE: Week 2 Preview

PREMIER LEAGUE: Week 2 Preview

It's time for Week 2 of the ONE Volleyball Premier League! Last week's kick-off was a great start to the summer - but now it's time to get down to the nitty gritty

Madawaska Madmen vs. Investors Group (M)  - 7:00 pm ET

The Madawaska Madmen (1-0) opened the Premier League with an explosive win over Team ONE, but will face some competition for the Investors Group (0-1) in this week's match. 

The Madmen featured a two-headed attack led by outsides Joren Zeeman and Ray Szeto in their win last week, and have plenty more to offer with a stacked line-up that includes current Pros Erik Mattson as libero and Andre Brown in the middle. 

While the Investors Group suffered a loss last week, they proved they were going to be one of the grittiest teams in the league as the kept pace with the high-powered Unity offense last week despite rolling the lineup and trying some different pairings. Lucas Coleman led things with 14 points and a 64% efficiency while his former Ryerson Rams teammate Uchenna Ofoha added 13 including a massive 8 blocks at the net. 


Unity vs. Titans (W) - 7:00 pm ET

Two teams that started the Premier League on the wrong foot have a chance to even things up tonight!

Unity (0-1) fell 1-3 to Q2 Sports, including an embarrassing 25-12 fourth-set, and will be looking to prove they are one of the top teams to deal with. They were rolling their lineups quite a bit, so maybe we'll see them settle into their lineup a little more in Week 2. 

Led down the middle last week with Alley Newman scoring 11 and Ashley Simac adding 8, this team will be a handful if they can find some consistent scoring on the outside. 

The Titans will also be looking to bounce back from a less-than-stellar first week after falling quickly to Galaxy 3-0. Making an eye-opening 27 errors over three-sets, the Titans failed to get any type of rhythm going and had a paltry 28% efficiency at the net. Taylor Brisebois and Natalie Buck both threw down 8 points last week - numbers that are going to need to be much higher if the Titans want to avoid going 0-2.


Unity vs. ONE (M) - 9:00 pm ET

If any match tonight is going to be a slug-fest - it'll be when Unity (1-0) takes on Team ONE (0-1).

Unity kicked off the league by showing off their high powered offence to the World - and boy, did they deliver. Terrell Bramwell led the show with 19 points, while Oleh Kovalchuk added 17 with a 62% efficiency and #1 pick Steve Hunt chipped in with 15.

The scary thing? They were getting scoring from the entire lineup - even setter Aleksa Miladinovic picked up 7 points and libero Matt McGirr added 2 aces (yes, liberos can serve!). 

This match could also be the Battle of the Brothers - if ONE decides they want to play Taylor Hunt this week. In Week 1, Hunt who has a few professional seasons under his belt, found himself on the bench for the entirety of the match after showing up late (we presume). 

If Hunt is to play in the one - adding him to a lineup that already includes Jori Mantha and Alex Duncan-Thibault - ONE has the fire-power to go shot-for-shot with Unity. 


Q2 Sports vs. Galaxy (W) - 9:00 pm ET

One of these teams will leave Week 2 as the early Premier League favourites. But which one? 

Q2 Sports (1-0) and Galaxy (1-0) both threw down some strong performances in Week 1, and will need to back-it up big time this week. 

Q2 was dominant in their win over Unity last week - putting up the biggest offensive numbers of any of woman's teams in Week 1. Former UBC Thunderbird Carla Bradstock set a masterful game and added 8 points to the three-headed monster that was Danielle Walker, Lauren Stirling and Rebecca Glancy who scored 17, 13, and 12 respectively. 

For team Galaxy, the pairing of Stephanie Neville and Kelly Nyhof is already proving they can be the best one-two punch in the league. Neville led the way with 12 and Nyhof added - all with Veronica Livingston getting the majority of the sets and swinging an uncharacteristic 19% for only 5 points. Once the fiery redhead from Ryerson gets going - Galaxy will be a three-headed dragon that could be very difficult to deal with. 

Premier League: Galaxy VBC Picks Up Women's Team

Premier League: Galaxy VBC Picks Up Women's Team

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Galaxy Volleyball Club as the latest club to purchase a team in the 2017 Premier League. They come with two experienced coaches, Paul Coderre and Chris Wilkins, who will co-coach Galaxy’s women’s program.

Paul Coderre comes with 30 years of playing experience and 12 years coaching experience at the Youth Club level. He was the Region 5 ADP Chair in 2014, and was part of the most successful Ontario Winter Games in Region 5 history - winning a Women’s Gold and Bronze medal, as well as a Men’s Gold medal. Coderre was selected to represent Team Canada’s Deaf National Team at the 2016 Pan Am Games, and 2016 World Games.

“Galaxy Volleyball is excited to own a Premier League Team as it aligns with our goals of growing the sport of volleyball within Toronto and the extended communities. By linking a pro-am team and those athletes to our club system, we can provide a continuum of volleyball services as athletes progress in the sport. Most importantly, our young club athletes will gain access to mentors who have played at the highest levels to help guide them on their journeys,” Coderre states on behalf of Galaxy Volleyball Club.

Co-coach Chris Wilkins adds a depth of experience coaching a successful women’s program, having won his 10th consecutive (OCAA) Ontario Championship with the Humber Hawks last season - currently on a 130 game winning streak. The Humber Women’s program has produced both National Team and Professional athletes, and has the most successful record in OCAA history.

“I’m excited to be involved as a Coach with Premier Volleyball League to help enhance the sport across the Country.  The creators of ONE Volleyball have found new and creative ways to promote the sport and provide a vision to grow volleyball in a fresh exciting way and I want to be a part of that.

This new approach to create a high level league that allows for players to reach their peak performance has been a long time coming.  With the right level of input this is sure to be just step-one of what we will look back on as game changing for thousands of elite volleyball players down the road,” Wilkins says.

Premier League: Nusbaum Announced as Newest Owner

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Aaron Nusbaum as the latest owner of a Premier League Volleyball Team. The Premier League is the first of it’s kind in Canada and kicks off June 8th, this summer in Toronto, Ontario.

“It is no secret that there is a healthy amount of volleyball talent within Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. By creating a platform for local and overseas athletes to compete with and against one another, there is no doubt that the level of play will be extremely high. Bringing awareness to the community is the first step towards inspiring the next generation of athletes,” Nusbaum says.

Nusbaum attended Queen’s University where he played for four years under head coach Brenda Willis. From there he chose to focus his efforts on beach volleyball and his career as he currently balances his time between training sessions and financial consulting with Investors Group. In his spare time he works with Phoenix Volleyball as the head coach of the 16U Fury team.

Nusbaum has recently has qualified for the World Championships this summer in Vienna where he will be competing alongside his partner Ryan Vandenburg.

“Aaron has competed in recent [ONE Volleyball] Challenger Series events with some of the athletes who will be participating in the upcoming Premier League. He is someone who shares the same passions and vision for the future of our sport, and is the exact type of person we want to partner with,” says Jolande Amoraal, co-founder of ONE Volleyball.

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

ONE Volleyball: Unity Volleyball to Own Two Premier League Teams

ONE Volleyball: Unity Volleyball to Own Two Premier League Teams

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce Unity Volleyball’s partnership with the Premier League this summer in Toronto, Ontario, through their purchase of one men’s and one women’s team.

“We believe in the power of coming together to build, innovate and change sport for the better. Our involvement in Premier League allows us to not only complete our vision of helping prepare athletes at any age with the skills necessary to accomplish their dreams, but we believe this creates local role models for our own athletes to aspire to,” says Daniel Shermer, president of Unity Volleyball. “Owning a team in the Premier League positively adds to our community.”

Unity Volleyball has signed head coach Orest Stanko to their men’s program for the 2017 season. Stanko comes with an extensive history of success in the volleyball community, having coached the University of Toronto’s men’s volleyball team to 13 OUA Championships and was the OUA coach of the year seven (7) times. In addition, he has coached both Team Ontario at the Canada Games, and the National Beach Volleyball Team. “I am excited to be a part of this potentially ground-breaking opportunity for our sport in Canada,” Stanko states. 

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through their participation in League programs and training opportunities. 

Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

 Former U of T Head Coach Orest Stanko has been signed by Unity Volleyball to lead their Men's Team

Former U of T Head Coach Orest Stanko has been signed by Unity Volleyball to lead their Men's Team

ONE Volleyball: Premier League Announces Partnership with Lululemon

ONE Volleyball: Premier League Announces Partnership with Lululemon

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce its newest partnership with lululemon for the inaugural Premier Volleyball League in Toronto, Ontario. lululemon’s involvement in the Premier League includes supplying jersey’s for every athlete, which are to be unveiled at the lululemon Draft Night – May 18th at 318 Queen Street.

“Since inception, lululemon has been well known for its unique roots and strong sense of community. The Premier League is an opportunity to further connect with the volleyball community and assist ONE Volleyball and it’s athletes, in growing the game of volleyball in Canada,” says Nathaniel Virgo, lululemon team program representative.

“As a major influencer on the fitness industry and leader in the education of wellness, lululemon provides the perfect partner for ONE Volleyball’s values and programs.” Co-founder Jolande Amoraal says, “Their recent affiliation to beach volleyball at the 2016 Olympic Games and with social influencers such as Kerri Walsh make their transition to the hard-court very natural.”

About: The Premier League is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams that compete in a league over the course of 2 months, with a final championship at the end. The lululemon Draft Night is closed to the public but will be live-streamed via our media partner Volleyball Source.

Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

ONE Volleyball: Announcing the Premier League

ONE Volleyball: Announcing the Premier League

We're proud to announce our partnership with ONE Volleyball to bring you complete coverage of the ONE Volleyball Premier League - Elite level volleyball coming to Toronto this summer. 

The Premier League is comprised of 4 men's and 4 women's teams made up of the best athletes in Toronto. Each team will play each other twice over the course of 2 months with a final four championship at the end. Athletes are selected to teams in the inaugural year through a closed athlete draft.

Volleyball Source is the official media partner of ONE Volleyball - bringing you comprehensive coverage all summer long - from a live broadcast of the Lulemon Premier Draft, exclusive coverage of athletes, and live streams of every single match. 

To participate: Athletes wishing to compete in the Premier League must apply to be in the Lululemon Premier Draft, where they have the opportunity to be selected to a team. We would like to encourage anyone who is interested to apply! 

Deadline to register for the Draft: May 8, 2017

Athletes will never be required to pay a fee to play in the Premier League. Athletes that are part of the winning team will be awarded a contract bonus from the team's earnings.

One Volleyball: Challenger Series No. 2

One Volleyball: Challenger Series No. 2

This weekend we're at the One Volleyball Challenger Series No. 2 at MacMaster University. 

After crowing the first champions back in January - Ontario's best adult players have converged on Hamilton to compete for the $2000 prize pool and a chance to grab their exclusive One Volleyball tanks. 

Women's Final @ 4:15 pm ET

Men's Final @ 5:30 p.m. ET

One Volleyball: Challenger Series No. 1

One Volleyball: Challenger Series No. 1

Volleyball Source is proud to bring you coverage of the inaugural One Volleyball Challenger Series tournament from the Scarborough Pan Am Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

The Challenger Series aims to bring the highest level of senior volleyball in the GTA as they compete for a cool $1000 1st-place prize. Eight teams per gender will compete for the cash prize and for ultimate bragging rights!

Learn More about One Volleyball. 

Tournament Schedule and Rosters. 


Teams

Women

  1. Prime
  2. Next Gen
  3. Team Rye
  4. Heat
  5. Blaze
  6. Hot Pink
  7. Dim Sum
  8. Mohawk Alumn

Men

  1. Team Gary
  2. Team Leisure
  3. Traffic
  4. Eastern Block
  5. The Eh Team
  6. College M8's
  7. Lost and Confused
  8. Benchwarmers

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Don't miss the Men's Finals live at 4:30 p.m. ET!