LLOY BALL AND TEAM PINEAPPLE TRAINING FOR PRO LEAGUE DEBUT

Just like Al Pacino in “The Godfather, Part III,” every time Lloy Ball thinks he’s retired as a volleyball player the sport finds a way to pull him back in. Honestly, though, they don’t have to tug all that hard on the leash.

The 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, 45, is training with some former IPFW and Ball State players to represent his Team Pineapple professional squad Dec. 7-10 in the National Volleyball Association Showcase at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel. Eight teams are using the event to help kick off what they hope after many tries will become the country’s first professional league. The last attempt failed two years ago.

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