Konno Inc & ONE Volleyball join forces for the 2018 Toronto Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2018

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce Konno Inc as the official partner and jersey supplier for the 2018 Premier League Season in Toronto.

Konno Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of custom performance apparel, servicing school sports and clubs, as well as amateur sports organizations, is excited to be named the official partner and jersey supplier of One Volleyball Premier League. Konno is known in the Volleyball community for its ability to provide high-level graphics, excellent quality and exceptional turnaround time at an affordable price point.

“We are honoured to have been selected as the official jersey supplier of ONE Volleyball. This new partnership is indicative of Konno’s dedication to the growth of sports in Canada. Through ONE Volleyball, we will be able to contribute to the development and brand of volleyball at various levels.” says Alex Nicolaidis, general manger, Konno.

The official jerseys for the 2018 Toronto Premier League season were unveiled last Tuesday at the 2018 Toronto Athlete Draft presented by Boston Pizza. 

2018 women's Premier League jerseys

2018 men's Premier League jerseys

"We are very excited to work with another local company whose vision aligns so well with ONE Volleyball. Konno understands the importance of growing volleyball across the country and we are excited to see our athletes wearing the Konno brand on competition nights this summer." says Jaki Ellis, co-founder, ONE Volleyball.


Konno Inc’s facility is located in Mississauga Ontario with an emphasis on elevating their customer’s brand through creative design concepts. Konno specializes in dye-sublimated team uniforms and spirit wear - a process that allows for virtually endless design with low minimums and speedy results. With an expert production staff, including seamstresses, product developers, graphic designers and a complete customer service staff, Konno has built a reputation for giving customers an easy transition from concept to creation. For more information on Konno products and services, please visit their website at www.konno.ca

 

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. Athletes are drafted to teams through the annual Athlete Draft.

Schedule has been announced and tickets are on sale for the 2018 season, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

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Jaki Ellis
ONE Volleyball
416-904-4484
info@onevolleyball.org

JVCentre TimberJacks ready to CHOP EM DOWN : Final Men's Team Owner Announced for the 2018 Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2018

Calgary, Alberta:  ONE Volleyball is excited to announce the furthered partnership with the Junior Varsity Volleyball Centre as the organization, in partnership with TimberTown Building Centre Ltd., will own a men’s team this season in the ONE Volleyball Calgary Premier League.

The Junior Varsity Volleyball Training Centre was built with volleyball in mind. Ensuring athletes had access to dedicated court space, experienced coaches and focused off-court training programs was the vision behind developing a High-Performance training space.

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TimberTown Building Centre Ltd. has been in business as long as our manufacturer’s warranties. That is your guarantee of product value. TimberTown are locally owned, operated, and understand the Alberta market, providing you with quality products that are suited to our environment. President of TimberTown, Matt Stayner, along with Co-Owner Reid Brodie, are excited to be part of both the mens and womens divisions this season.

The experience coach Tony Szkultecki will bring to the TimberJacks is a culmination of 25 years of playing and coaching with U of A Golden Bears, Canada Games Provincial team, Youth and Junior National teams and professional volleyball in Australia. Tony has also coached and played beach volleyball with a best finish of 5th place in Canada.

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 "I am excited to be a part of the next progression of our sport in Calgary and Canada with ONE Volleyball. The facility and team at the Junior Varsity Centre is second to none. This is going to be a big year for volleyball in Calgary," says Tony.

Dave Lee will assistant coach the TimberJacks. Dave has played volleyball at Dalhousie University as well as won three National Championships with club and provincial teams. He has six years experience coaching at Simon Fraser University junior program and one-year coaching at Capilano University.

ONE Volleyball Calgary Director Jarron Mueller is excited to have the JVCentre on board with two teams this season saying, “JVC is such a perfect match for growing the sport of volleyball in Calgary. Having Tony coaching with the support of TimberTown and The JV Centre, makes for a very strong club that will compete at the highest level. The knowledge and facilities they will provide is a huge benefit to One Volleyball!”


About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May 16, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

For more information about the Junior Varsity Centre and Timber Town follow the links below:

Junior Varsity Centre
http://www.juniorvarsity.ca

Timber Town
https://timbertown.ca


Contact

Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

Dinos Men's Volleyball Club Aim for Gold as they enter ONE Volleyball Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is pleased to announce the partnership with the Dinos Men’s Volleyball Club headed by University of Calgary coach Rod Durrant for the Calgary premier league season.

Dinos were the original junior boys club in Calgary, dating back to the 1980s. The Dinos Mens Volleyball Club brand is well established in Calgary as many high school athletes that have entered the program have gone on to achieve their post-secondary aspirations. Many of these athletes have enter the draft for The Calgary Premier League.

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The mens premier league team will be coached by Rod Durrant. Rod has encouraged the entry of many athletes in Calgary as he sees the potential the league offers for CIS and other high-level athletes.

 Rod Durrant - Dinos Men's Head Coach

Rod Durrant - Dinos Men's Head Coach

“The Dinos Volleyball club is excited to be involved with the ONE Volleyball Premier Volleyball League this summer. This an opportunity for athletes to develop and gain experience during a time which has been traditionally an off season. The two months of competition and training will benefit all athletes involved,” says Rod.

In his 10th season as head coach of the Dinos in 2015-16, Durrant led his team to a program-record 18 wins and a top-five national ranking throughout the season. He earned the program's second CIS Coach of the Year honour and the first since 1978. During his tenure, Rod has led the Dinos to the 2010 U SPORTS National Championship and the 2011 Canada West Title. He was the Conference Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2016, and in 2016 added U SPORTS Coach of the Year honours after leading his team to a program-record 18 wins during the regular season.

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Rod coached the Canadian Men’s Standing Disabled team to three consecutive World Championship titles in 2002, 2004, and 2006, adding to the team’s World Cup gold in 2005 and silver in 2003. He coached Team Alberta to a silver medal at the 2001 Canada Games and was an assistant coach of the Dinos men from 2000-2002.From 1995-99, Durrant served as Head Coach of the Mount Royal College men’s volleyball program, capturing three consecutive Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) provincial titles from 1997-99. He added a national silver medal in 1997 and back-to-back Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships in 1998 and 1999.  He was named ACAC Coach of the Year in 1998 and CCAA Coach of the Year in 1999.

ONE Volleyball Calgary Director Jarron Mueller is excited by the Dinos involvement saying, “We are extremely happy to bring on a program like the Dinos. There are a huge part of the volleyball community and can contribute significantly to the development of players here in Calgary.”


About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May 16, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

For more information about Jr Dinos Mens Volleyball Club visit the link below for details

https://www.dinomensvolleyball.com

Contact

Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

The O’Dwyer team enters the mix in the ONE Volleyball Women's Premier League

The O’Dwyer Team looks to provide the coaching platform for One athletes to succeed

 Art O'Dwyer

Art O'Dwyer

CALGARY - ONE Volleyball is thrilled to announce the involvement of the O’Dwyer family as they plan to take the Calgary Women's Premier League by force this summer.

Art and Alison O’Dwyer own the Calgary Montessori School, a preschool and kindergarten program that has a long history in Calgary. It was established by Alison’s grandparents in 1919 in a one room school house in Elbow Park and as it has passed from one generation to another, the school is now about to celebrate it’s hundredth anniversary next year. The school offers Montessori education from three to six-year olds in three locations in Calgary. Montessori education was developed in Italy in 1907 and its philosophy is based on following the natural tendencies and developmental traits of children. By using hands on activities, the children can learn at their own pace and develop into life long learners from this young age.

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As the current head-coach of the SAIT Women's team, Art has a rich history of coaching. He has coached at various levels including helping Canuck volleyball to three club national championships, and was the assistant coach with the University of Calgary mens team in 1984 and 2006 seasons.

“I am very excited to be involved with ONE Volleyball. I feel it fills two gaps in our volleyball programs in Alberta. Number one; it provides an opportunity for players in the 19 and up age group - whether they be U-Sport, CCAA, aspiring Pro or National Team athletes - to continue to develop their skills in the summer season,” says Art.

Art is also pleased that Calgary will finally have a format for lovers of the sport to take in
top-level competition, “It gives fans a chance to watch some very high-level volleyball in the
summer when they may have more time to watch the sport they love. To be able to help with
the growth of a sport that I love and have been involved in for most of my life is indeed a great
pleasure.”

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Coaching along-side Art will be his daughter Carolyn who is the current assistant coach
with the University of Alberta Pandas Women's team, a former assistant coach with
the Mount Royal cougars and the current assistant coach with the team Alberta
program. Before coaching, Caroline played three years at Mount Royal university and
was named Canada West rookie of the year in her first season.

 Art and Carolyn O'Dwyer

Art and Carolyn O'Dwyer

“The O’Dwyer family is an integral piece in the volleyball community in Calgary. Art has
so much knowledge and experience to share, and Carolyn is the front runner in the new
generation of elite Coaching in Alberta. This is the perfect combination for ONE Volleyball,” says ONE Volleyball Calgary director Jarron Mueller.

About ONE Volleyball: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is
comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and
July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through
professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.
Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

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Contact: 
Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

Trolley 5 and HITT “High Five” aim to take the Calgary Premier league by force

  Left to right: Carsten Stanjeck, Jarron Mueller, Ernie Tsu

Left to right: Carsten Stanjeck, Jarron Mueller, Ernie Tsu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce the partnership between HITT Volleyball and Trolley 5 Brewery this season. Carsten Stanjeck and Ernie Tsu will operate as both team owners and coaches. These long time friends reunite and plan to “derail” the competition.

 Carsten Stanjeck of HITT Volleyball

Carsten Stanjeck of HITT Volleyball

Carsten’s coaching career includes seven seasons with the Alberta Volleyball Provincial Team programs as head and assistant coach. Several of his teams placed in the medals and won a National and Western Canadian championships. From 1992 until 1998, Carsten was an assistant coach with the University of Alberta Pandas Volleyball team lead by head coach Laurie Eisler. Together they were able to win first three national championships, which turned into a record breaking six consecutive titles.

Carsten developed HITT in 2009 with the vision of providing high-level, specialized skill sessions, to help club and high school athletes refine their technique. HITT coaches are exceptional educators, technicians and motivators in the sport of volleyball, with 10,000 hours of experience. Athletes attending HITT have the opportunity to work with North American leaders in coaching.

It is HITT’s intention to foster the individual student athlete’s confidence and passion for the sport. The brand is built on the philosophy that hard work and self-discipline are necessary components for student athletes to reach their best performance. Therefore, HITT provides a focused, intense curriculum designed to discourage comparison and instead promote self-correction and personal pride.

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Carsten says, “Together we are excited to offer the Calgary volleyball community an exceptional opportunity for development and growth of our sport. We look forward to seeing many of you in the bleachers cheering and supporting all the teams!" 

Co-founder of Trolley 5, Ernie Tsu also sports a rich coaching resume with 28 years of coaching. During this time he was the head and assistant coach with the SAIT Trojans from 2006-2009. Ernie has an impressive 90% success rate with athletes pursuing post-secondary volleyball careers out of high-school. Ernie’s style and enthusiasm is contagious with getting exceptional results in player development.

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  Ernie Tsu of Trolley 5 and HITT Volleyball

Ernie Tsu of Trolley 5 and HITT Volleyball

Ernie has coached with tremendous success at all levels from  junior high girls/boys to college women. His teams have won numerous championships at the school and club level. 

Ernie Co-Founded Trolley 5 Brewery in 2016 along side PJ L’Heureux. Trolley 5 was built on the foundation that true craft beer brings people together to celebrate milestones, sunshine, food, winter and of course, one another. The name for Trolley 5 came from the area we all know as the Beltline, however it was originally referred to as the No.5 Trolley Line. It proudly carried all the hard working Calgarians who shaped our city into what it is today.

“We are grateful to have these incredible promoters and supporters of the sport of volleyball. They have both devoted many hours to growing our sport and have undeniable passion for volleyball. They will help make ONE Volleyball be the best in can be,” says ONE Volleyball Calgary League Director Jarron Mueller. 

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.

For more information about Trolley 5 and H.I.T.T follow the links below. 
http://trolley5.com 
https://www.hittvolleyball.com

Contact: 
Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

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Junior Varsity Centre picks up women's team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce our latest partnership with the Junior Varsity Volleyball Training Centre, located in south Calgary, for the inaugural Calgary Premier League.

With over 23,000 ft dedicated to six courts, a weight training facility and barre and yoga studio, the JVCentre fosters an environment that provides volleyball athletes young and old with the tools to fulfil their potential.

Co-Founders of JVC, and now team owners, Reid Brodie and Matt Stayner, express their enthusiasm with the opportunity ONE Volleyball presents. “With the addition of a women’s professional team to our facility, we see it as another layer for role models that will encourage young female athletes to get in, and stay in the game.” says Matt.

  From Left to Right  : Chad Leier (Coach), Reid Brodie (Owner), Jarron Mueller (Calgary League Director), Matt Stayner (Owner)

From Left to Right : Chad Leier (Coach), Reid Brodie (Owner), Jarron Mueller (Calgary League Director), Matt Stayner (Owner)

The JVCentre team will be coached by former University of Calgary Dinos Women’s coaching duo of Chad Leier and Kevin Boyles. Boyles served as the University of Calgary’s Head Coach for nine seasons from 1999-2008 and played eight years for the Canadian Men’s national team. Collectively the duo led the Dinos to eight consecutive national tournaments, four national bronze medals and captured the national title in the 2003-2004 season.

 JVC Women's Coach, Chad Leier

JVC Women's Coach, Chad Leier

Leier is thrilled to be back coaching with one of his mentors saying, “I’m excited to venture back into the world of competitive women’s volleyball along side the infamous Kevin Boyles.”

Leier has stayed active with developing the next wave of women’s talent within Calgary with his involvement with JVC and being an active member within the women’s club volleyball community.

“ONE Volleyball is fortunate to have Reid, Matt and the JVCentre involved with the Premier League this summer. They have an incredibility strong vision in elite athlete development and that shows with some of the athletes that have come through their programs,” says ONE Volleyball League Director, Jarron Meuller. “We can not wait to have the past athletes reconnect with their coaches in a professional league.”

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on JVCentre, visit www.juniorvarsity.ca

Contact: 
Jarron Mueller
League Director, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-383-3636

Matthew Achtymichuk
Public Relations Intern, ONE Volleyball Calgary
(403)-700-9422

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Vogel-LLP latest to purchase team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce a new partnership with Vogel-LLP as the latest to own a team in the Calgary Premier League!

Founded in 2000, Vogel LLP is local mid-size law firm with 18 lawyers that specializes in Family, Estate and Personal Injury law.

“We are excited to help grow the game in Calgary with the Calgary Premier League,” said Vogel LLP Partner, Andy Hayher, who helped the SAIT Trojans to a CCAA silver medal as a player, and head coached the team to a CCAA Bronze in 2012."

 Owner - Andy Hayher

Owner - Andy Hayher

The Vogel LLP team will be coached by former Calgary Dino’s player and Assistant Coach, Tyler Fraser and managed by Mount Royal University’s Men’s Volleyball Coach Shawn Sky. Fraser played out his eligibility for UofC followed by a brief International career on the FIVB Beach Tour.

"I was really excited to get the call from Andy about getting involved with ONE Volleyball," Fraser says. "The volleyball community in Calgary is incredible, and I'm looking forward to seeing the different generations of players come together. Andy and I have been talking about the team identity, and we feel confident that we'll be very much like a 2004 Malbec: complex layers, mineral, a slight toasted oak, but with a smooth finish.

 Head Coach - Tyler Fraser

Head Coach - Tyler Fraser

Fraser continues, "I'm looking forward to helping grow the volleyball community in Calgary. Andy was my setter in High School, but we've rarely had the opportunity to play or coach together, so I'm excited to reconnect through something that we both care so much about."

"This is a fantastic step for the League to bring in such a great company like Vogel LLP. With their knowledge and experience, there are only positive things to come. Andy, Shawn and Tyler have been such a huge part of the volleyball community in Calgary, and they will do an incredible job running a team,” says, Calgary League Director, Jarron Mueller. 

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on WM Wealth, visit www.wmwealth.ca.

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WM Wealth to Own First Men's Team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 6, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce a new partnership with WM Wealth Management, the FIRST men’s team owner in the Calgary Premier League!

Walsh McDowell Wealth is a boutique financial planning practice with over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive advice to families from all walks of life; from young professionals to retirees, and everyone in between. Owners, Rod Walsh, Mathew McDowell and current professional volleyball athlete, Brett Walsh are very excited about having this opportunity to be part of the new Pro-volleyball league in Calgary.

 “I have had the good fortune of being involved in the volleyball community for many years in Calgary. I was very excited when I heard that ONE Volleyball wanted to expand into Calgary. 

 WM Wealth's new Head Coach Sean McKay

WM Wealth's new Head Coach Sean McKay

The new league will play an important role in the development of our athletes. There are far too many athletes that fall through the cracks when they finish their college/university careers. Especially, those that do not make the Senior “B’ team during the summer months or those that are not able to sign a Pro contract overseas. This new league will keep athletes in the game longer. More athletes playing longer at a high level is good for volleyball in Canada,” says Rod Walsh.

"The team at WM Wealth is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Calgary Premier League. They bring experience, passion and a head start to the game; signing a rising star as their Head Coach. We are looking forward to seeing what they accomplish this season," says Premier League co-founder Jolande Amoraal.

“We are very excited to announce Sean McKay as the head coach of our team. Sean has proven himself as a player and is committed to being a full time coach. Sean is currently the SAIT Trojans head coach and has completed his Masters degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.” Rod continued. "Sean has a very high standard of excellence that aligns nicely with our philosophy at WM Wealth Management."

 WM Wealth Representatives Mathew McDowell and Rod Walsh (left) with Brett Walsh (screen) and Calgary Premier League Director Jarron Meuller (right).

WM Wealth Representatives Mathew McDowell and Rod Walsh (left) with Brett Walsh (screen) and Calgary Premier League Director Jarron Meuller (right).

About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on WM Wealth, visit www.wmwealth.ca.

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Cold Garden to Own First Women's Team in Calgary Premier League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2018

Calgary, Alberta: ONE Volleyball is proud to announce Cold Garden's partnership with the Premier League this summer, through their purchase of a women's team in Calgary, Alberta.

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Cold Garden Beverage Company is a Calgary-based microbrewery located in the vibrant community of Inglewood. Owners, Dan Allard and Blake Belding, are excited to play a role in launching the inaugural Premier League season in Calgary and have put together an incredible support team including Cold Garden's new coach, and former Canadian National Team right side, Dallas Soonias. 

"We know there's a lot of hype about which professional sports franchise Cold Garden will buy first. Regardless of the rumor mill surrounding reboot of the XFL, we are extremely excited about a better opportunity! Cold Garden is proud to be the first team owner in the prestigious ONE Volleyball Calgary Premier League!" says Dan Allard.

To launch their new team in the Premier League, Cold Garden will be running a team name contest. Go to @cold_garden on Instagram and @coldgardenbeverageco on Facebook to suggest a team name. They'll be taking the top two suggestions and putting it to a vote!

Calgary Premier League Director, Jarron Mueller, is excited to have such an amazing group supporting ONE Volleyball's expansion to Calgary. "We are happy to have Dan and Cold Garden join the Premier League. Cold Garden has done so many great things in the Calgary community and we are excited to soak in the fun and passion they will bring to the League." says Jarron.

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About: The ONE Volleyball Premier League runs in Calgary and Toronto and is comprised of four men’s and four women’s elite teams in each city that compete in June and July. It aims to support the professional development of post-secondary athletes through professional training and competition opportunities within Canada.

Tickets go on sale in May, visit www.premiervolleyballleague.org for more information.
For more information on Cold Garden Beverage Company, visit www.coldgarden.ca

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ONE VOLLEYBALL LAUNCHES PREMIER LEAGUE IN CALGARY FOR 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2018

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce the expansion of the Premier League for the upcoming 2018 season. With the support of Volleyball Alberta and the Calgary volleyball community, ONE is thrilled to make the move to the city of Calgary. 

  Jarron Mueller,  Calgary Premier League Director 

Jarron Mueller, Calgary Premier League Director 

"We are so excited to launch a league that gives an elite level option for adults in Calgary. We have such a strong volleyball community here and now we can complete the full circle of athlete development." says Jarron Mueller, Calgary Premier League Director.

Jarron Mueller, former Alberta Golden Bear and professional volleyball player, is an integral piece to the Premier League expansion. With his leadership, the League has connected with key partners in the Calgary community to bring the Premier League vision to life. ONE is excited to partner with the Southern Institute of Technology (SAIT) who will be hosting Premier League matches through June and July, as well as the Volleydome GYM who will be hosting the Calgary Athlete Showcase in May.

"Alberta was a perfect fit for the first expansion of the Premier League. With a number of talented athletes from the Calgary region competing internationally as well as many elite USport and CCAA programs in both Calgary and Edmonton, we expect the competition to be quite strong. Having been part of this amazing community while competing for the Pandas, I know Alberta has the passion, dedication and support for the Premier League to thrive!" says co-founder Jaki Ellis.

The Calgary Premier League will mirror it's Toronto counterpart with four men's and 4 women's teams competing over the course of June and July. The first ever Calgary Premier League Champions will be crowned at the Premier Cup Finals on July 28th at SAIT. 

Athletes must apply to be drafted to the Calgary Premier League by May 1, 2018. More information along with dates, eligibility and format can be found at; www.premiervolleyballleague.org/calgary. 

STAY TUNED : Tickets to the public go on sale May, 2018.

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Jaki Ellis
ONE Volleyball
416-904-4484
info@onevolleyball.org

ONE VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ONTARIO VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2017

 Jo-Anne Ljubicic - Executive Director of OVA (left), Alishia Lidums - Director of Volleyball Operations (top), and Jolande Amoraal - Co-founder of ONE Volleyball (right)

Jo-Anne Ljubicic - Executive Director of OVA (left), Alishia Lidums - Director of Volleyball Operations (top), and Jolande Amoraal - Co-founder of ONE Volleyball (right)

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to announce its newest partnership with the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) for the second season of the Premier Volleyball League in Toronto, Ontario. The OVA’s support marks a profound step forward in the development of elite volleyball in Canada.

"Ontario Volleyball is excited to partner with ONE Volleyball. This partnership will support showcasing elite volleyball in the GTA through the Premier League this upcoming summer. Through their tireless work, Jolande and Jaki of ONE Volleyball are helping to raise the profile of our sport. Ontario Volleyball is looking forward to working with them to continue to provide leadership in the growth and development of volleyball for all Ontarians,” says Jo-Anne Ljubicic, Executive Director of the OVA.

“Partnering with other sport leaders strengthens our mission to provide elite opportunities for athletes to continue competing. The more people hear about the Premier League, the more accessible it becomes. That enables us to grow the number of athletes competing at the highest level,” says co-founder Jolande Amoraal.

The Premier League kicks off again this summer in Toronto for it’s second season.

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. Athletes are drafted to teams through the annual Athlete Draft.

Tickets to the public go on sale May, 2018, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

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Jolande Amoraal
ONE Volleyball
647-278-3551
info@onevolleyball.org

Check Out Our NEW Athletes Abroad Section

As we near the holiday season, our Canadian athletes look to finish a strong first half overseas!

With over 40 Canadians competing in Europe right now, we're launching an Athletes Abroad section on our website to keep you connected; upcoming matches, live stream links, match highlights and more. Check out what's happening with your favourite Toronto Premier League athletes, and subscribe below for all future updates! 

Bump and Spike

The Ultimate Thursday Throwback

What do short shorts, sideburns, an NBA star, the founder of Motown records and drugs have in common? The International Volleyball Association (IVA). 

Pardon? 

The best part about diving into the culture and history of volleyball in North America is that there's never a shortage of stories in this world.

 Wilt Chamberlain had a short stint in the IVA

Wilt Chamberlain had a short stint in the IVA

The IVA had a short, but glorious run in the 70's. It was a co-ed league with 2 women playing defence, and no-one rotated positions. They brought in big guns like Wilt Chamberlain who 'wasn't very mobile but could hit a heavy ball' and athletes were happy to 'catch some skin' of their female counterparts when celebrating a big play. One of the teams was owned by Berry Gordy, founder of Motown records. They even had prizes for a 'six-pack' - packing a female opponent in the face - the guy would get a six-pack of beer for his triumph. In it's final year, players earned up to $12,000.

Sounds like a sure thing right? Turns out one of the teams got busted at half time during a game for their involvement in a big drug ring dubbed 'Operation Spike' by the Colorado Organized Crime Strike Force. After that the whole thing just fell apart. 

But the best part is, you'd be surprised how close to home this hits. You don't have to look very far to find former stars of the league in our own backyard. Rumour has it UofT / Premier League team Unity coach Orest Stanko was once a player, along with Papa George (Shermer) of Beach Blast. 

The whole thing oozes the unpredictability and raciness of the 70's and though the IVA is long gone and mostly forgotten, you can catch a glimpse inside this world in the new short by Michael Jacobs. It airs on TSN's 30 sports moments under 30 minutes, and was featured at the Tribeca Film Festival

Watch the trailer below:

Photos provided by former player Peter Stefaniuk from Canada

Award Winners from 2017 Premier League's #onebash

The incredible inaugural season of the Premier League ended with a bang and the best way to describe it was one big #onelove hug. The end of year #onebash and awards night was held at Dublin Calling in Toronto, and recognized some of the outstanding athletes this year. 

Award winners were selected both by owners and coaches, and were based off individual performances and stats taken throughout the season. 


2017 Award Winners

Female

Best Blocker: Kelly Nyhof - Galaxy
Best Setter: Carla Bradstock - Q2 Sports
Best Libero: Jolande Amoraal - Scarborough Titans
Best Attacker: Stephanie Neville - Galaxy
League MVP: Stephanie Neville - Galaxy

#onelove award: Brooke Lloyd - Unity
Best Cellie: Dianna Craine - Scarborough Titans

Male

Best Blocker: James Battison - Madawaska MadMen
Best Setter: Aleksa Miladonivic - Unity
Best Libero: Erik Mattson - Madawaska MadMen
Best Attacker: Terrell Bramwell - Unity
League MVP: Steve Hunt - Unity

#onelove award: Luke Sim - Unity
Best Pack: Ray Szeto - Madawaska MadMen

ONE Volleyball adapts USAV Libero Serving Rules

Asli Ersozoglu - Q2 Sports

First introduced in the Challenger Series events, the Libero Serving rule has become a staple in ONE Volleyball's programs. The rule was introduced to maximize the use of the players on the limited rosters in the Series. Rosters were originally limited to 8 players to encourage the spread of athletes among teams. The rule was quickly utilized by the players, and not only gave libero's an additional way to impact the game, but to also be on the court defensively for an additional rotation. 

"One of our initiatives as an organization is to be innovative and ensure we are growing the game in unique ways for both our athletes and fans. We adapted the “Libero Serve Rule” from the USAV as we believe it creates more opportunities for all athletes to positively impact the match. We have already seen a huge impact on the service line from our libero's in the first two weeks of the Premier League and are excited to see how this affects key points in matches throughout the season and playoffs!" Says co-founder Jaki Ellis. 

Jolande Amoraal - Scarborough Titans

Bringing the rule into the Premier League was always the intent, and just looking at the stats, the impact these players are having on their teams is huge. The real stat is the number of serves these athletes are going through. While aces are an immediate way to gauge the success of their role as servers, the number of serves shows us the quality, consistency and number of points their team is scoring off that serve.

"Being a libero, I understand the importance of the first contact," Matt McGirr, Unity Volleyball says, "I've always believed consistency is more important than aces. With 3 heavy jump serves already on the team, having a relatively consistent serve with decent pace synergizes well with our aggressive serving strategy. The American Libero serving rule definitely benefits our team and has contributed to our success from the serving line."

Libero service stat leaders:

  • Jolande Amoraal - Titans - 34 serves, 4 aces, 5 errors
  • Matt McGirr - Unity - 33 serves, 2 aces, 6 errors
  • Asli Ersozoglu - Q2 Sports - 17 serves, 1 error
  • Dave Hamilton - ONE - 7 serves, 1 error

Terrel Bramwell leads the league in total number of serves at 39, and total number of aces at 9, with only 6 errors. 


USAV LIBERO SERVING RULE USAV 7.7.1:

A rotational fault is committed when a Libero serves in a second rotation position in the same set.

USAV 19.3.1.3:
a. The Libero may not block or attempt to block.
b. In one rotation, a Libero may serve after replacing the player in position 1.

USAV 19.3.2.1: In one rotation, a Libero can replace the player in position 1 and serve the next rally, even if s/he is already on the court in replacement of another player. In this situation, the Libero does not have to exit the court before replacing the player in position 1, and there does not need to be a completed rally between Libero replacements.


Maggie Morrison featured in Chronicle Herald

 Former Dalhousie Tigers women’s volleyball player Maggie Morrison is set to compete in the upstart Canadian Premier Volleyball League.

Former Dalhousie Tigers women’s volleyball player Maggie Morrison is set to compete in the upstart Canadian Premier Volleyball League.

June 16, 2017
by JOSÉ COLORADO

MAGGIE MORRISON travelled across the world for her dream, so a jaunt out to Toronto hardly seemed like a big deal.

With a five-year career with the Dalhousie Tigers (2005-10) and a one-year professional stint in Italy, the Cape Breton native has criss-crossed her way around the world via her skills at the net.

Now the middle-blocker’s latest spike finds her in southern Ontario, set to compete in the upstart Premier Volleyball League (PVL) — a domestic professional setting for Canadians that includes a modest two-month schedule and four-team league.

The flame is still flickering for the 29-year-old’s individual dream, but greater things could be ahead for the sport in Canada should Morrison sacrifice now, she said.

“Everyone at one point in time has been a part of the conversation of making something more of volleyball within Canada, but no one really stepped up to the plate,” said Morrison, who competes with Galaxy Volleyball against Unity Volleyball, Q Sports and the Scarborough Titans.

“I’m happy to be part of this league but a part of me also wishes I had as much gumption as the two ladies who started this league."

ONE Volleyball launches new App for iOS and Android

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On the day of the Premier Volleyball League inaugural matches, ONE Volleyball is proud to announce the launch of its mobile app on both iOS and Android. The App will be a platform that fans around the country can utilize to stay connected with some of the best volleyball in the country.

The App includes latest news, player and ticket information for the Premier League, as well as ONE Volleyball Tournament registration. You can now watch live streams of the matches, being streamed by Source Volleyball Magazine and get live scoring and stats. The App also has a feature for in-game trivia and entertainment.

The App was developed by Make Me an Offer, led by long time volleyball coach, athlete and fan, Parrish Offer. “I really believe in the vision for ONE Volleyball and can’t wait to see the continued growth of the league and volleyball in Canada,” says Offer.

Download Links:

CLICK HERE FOR IOS DOWNLOAD

CLICK HERE FOR ANDROID DOWNLOAD

More information:
ONE Volleyball
info@onevolleyball.org

Make Me an Offer
Parrish Offer – parrish@parrishoffer.com
www.parrishoffer.com

MADAWASKA "MADMEN" JOIN PREMIER LEAGUE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to bring a little madness to the 2017 Premier League with the addition of the Madawaska MadMen - owned by father and son duo Howie and Cole Grossinger.

“Madawaska Volleyball Camp is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural season of ONE Volleyball’s Premier League. Madawaska Volleyball Camp has been a successful and long-standing contributor in helping young people develop their skills and passion for our great sport. It feels only natural to be a part of something that can show young athletes where their hard work can lead.  We are excited for the Madawaska community to get to know the "MADMEN" and support them on their path to success in the Premier League,” says owner Howie Grossinger.

Howie Grossinger has been the co-owner of Madawaska Volleyball Camp for the last 13 years. He was the 2016 OVA Male Coach of the Year and just completed 11 years of club coaching by capturing an 18U Boys National Bronze medal with the Lakeside Volleyball Club in Oakville. 

Cole Grossinger, son to Howie, is completing his degree at Western where he attends the Ivey Business School. Cole played Club for many years and is a former member of the Western Mustangs men's varsity team.

The MadMen are being led by two outstanding CIS coaches, both with success coaching careers and incredible leadership. “We are excited that York Lions Head Coach Mike Wahbi and UofT Varsity Blues Head Coach John Barrett will lead the MADMEN. Mike and John's skills as coaches and leaders are perfect to help our athletes achieve success this summer," Grossinger adds.

 John Barrett

John Barrett

John Barrett is one of the most well respected coaches in the country, currently serving as the Head Coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Men's Volleyball Program. John competed at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1983 Pan Am Games, as well as the 1990 World Championships. John brings 14 seasons of professional volleyball experience from Europe, where he made history as the first volleyball player in the world to exclusively employ the spike serve in every match. John is ecstatic to be part of ONE Volleyball, where the promotion of this sport is at the forefront.

 Mike Wahbi

Mike Wahbi

Michael Wahbi has been coaching in the OUA for 11 years. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the York University Lions Men's Volleyball Program and the Director of Waves Volleyball Club. This past season (2016-17) Michael was recognized as the OUA Coach of the Year. Michael is very excited to be part of ONE Volleyball, stating this as an opportunity for our high performance athletes to continue refining their craft and passion for our sport.

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. All Premier League matches will be live-streamed by Volleyball Source.

Tickets on sale now, visit www.onevolleyball.org/tickets for more information.

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Q2 SPORTS JOINS THE PREMIER LEAGUE AS LATEST TEAM OWNER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is pleased to introduce Q2 Sports, owned by Michael Albert of Q2 Management, as the latest women’s club to join the 2017 Premier League. Joining Albert is Pat Daniels who will co-coach the team this year. With an extensive coaching background, and a 2017 National gold medal with their girls 18U club team at Pakmen Volleyball, their combined experience is sure to bring home success this season.

 Pat Daniels (left) and Mike Albert (right) with their 2017 National Gold Medals

Pat Daniels (left) and Mike Albert (right) with their 2017 National Gold Medals

“The Premier League is an exciting new opportunity for athletes and volleyball fans. I’m looking forward to coaching and promoting the expansion of this league. It’s rewarding to be part of anything related to volleyball growth in Canada. This was my experience coaching Pakmen for many years - witnessing the club increase in size and quality. 

“The Premier League has great potential in positively impacting Elite volleyball in Canada,” owner Michael Albert says.

“I am intrigued by the new Premier League because I believe it works on many levels. First of all, it is an excellent training platform for the professional and varsity athletes during their off-season. Secondly, with the amount of great talent, this will be amazing volleyball for people to watch and maybe even scouts will use it to offer future contracts. And lastly, as a coach in the club system, I know how inspiring it will be to the younger athletes to see some of their coaches competing at this his level. Maybe they will inspire the next wave of Premier League athletes,” Pat Daniels says.

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. First match is June 8th at 7:00pm at Ryerson University - Kerr Hall. Tickets go on sale May 23rd, visit www.onevolleyball.org for more information.

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THE PREMIER LEAGUE WELCOMES THE SCARBOROUGH TITANS VOLLEYBALL CLUB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2017

Toronto, Ontario: ONE Volleyball is excited to bring you the latest owner of a women’s team in the 2017 Premier League - the Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club.

“The Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club is excited to get involved in this amazing new initiative for Volleyball in Canada. We believe this will be a fantastic opportunity for our club to learn from elite level athletes. Through the ownership of a ONE Volleyball Premier League Women’s team, the Scarborough Titans Volleyball Club looks to continue their trend of leading the way for Volleyball in Canada,” Club President Blair Mackintosh commented.

“Welcoming our new pro-am women’s team into our family will undoubtedly help grow volleyball in Scarborough, and we look forward to having such an impressive collection of athletes and coaches around our members.”

 Dana Cooke (passing)

Dana Cooke (passing)

The Titans have secured Head Coach Dana Cook and Assistant Coach Mandi Doris to lead their team through the inaugural season. Dana Cooke’s experience and mentorship will add tremendous value to this club. She is both an Athletic Hall of Fame inductee at Michigan State University and brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the table.

“I’m a huge advocate for female leaders and coaches in sport, especially as it relates to female athletes and teams,” she says. “The ability to make an impact on a female athlete by being an example myself, is unmatched as a female coach. I'm proud to boast that we are the only entirely female coaching staff in the league and know that both Mandi and myself are beyond excited to work with our Scarborough Titans team,” she says.

 Mandi Doris

Mandi Doris

“The opportunity created by ONE Volleyball for elite athletes to supplement experience within their current professional careers and to extend careers is amazing. This will bring more needed exposure for our sport and create some great role models for the club and youth community to look up to. I wish this was around 20 years ago!”

Joining her is Mandi Doris, a member of the Humber College women’s volleyball coaching squad. Doris has been coaching in the OCAA for 6 years, and still holds the OCAA record for most blocks in a single season. “I am super excited to be a part of this ground breaking opportunity. ONE Volleyball’s Premier League has great potential for the future and I can see this as a stepping-stone for the development of a high level volleyball program in our community,” she says.

“For those athletes who often ask ,’What do I do after post-secondary?’ Here is the answer! I look forward to a great season!” Says Doris.

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.

For more information on Scarborough Titans, visit www.scarboroughtitans.ca

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