Apr 01, 2019 05:00 AM PST
2019 NVA Season Begins April 6th
JVA hosts the 1st NVA event of the season April 6th and 7th in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 2019 NVA season is set to begin at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky as 4 of the 6 NVA Teams will compete in 6 matches over the weekend. Costa Mesa Stunners, Chicago Icemen, New York Legion and the Reigning NVA Champion Angola Pineapple will play 3 matches each in a round robin format.
Angola Pineapple will be featuring 2018 NVA MVP Setter LLoy Ball along with a handful of All NVA attackers such as Opposite Jeff Ptak and Middle Matt Leske. Pineapple garnishes a deep roster with some of the best middles in the league Matt Harpenau and Joe Klein, along with Outside Hitters Tomas Goldsmith, Bruno Amorim and Will Robbins. Pineapple is anchored by Libero JJ Meyer, whos defense played a substantial role in earning the 2018 Title.
Costa Mesa Stunners, formerly Blizzard VBC, are the current 2018 Western Conference Champions. This season they are bringing in a handful of new players to give them a boost to try and repeat in their conference and pose a legitimate shot a toppling Pineapple in the finals. Among the returning members are All NVA Libero Jake Hurwitz, Outside Hitter Luis Palos and Middle Matt August. All three players are The Stunners most experienced NVA players and should put them in a good position earn a post season birth this season.
New York Legion, LVC, ended up missing the post season last year, however, still has the ability to field a contender for the 2019 NVA Title. Led by Opposite Jordan Varee and NVA All Star Middle Lance Rogers, Legion has the ability to beat any team in any match. Most notably they benefit from the new NVA Schedule being in the summer months where they acquire a handful of players who are currently playing out of the country.
Chicago Icemen was one of the upstart teams of the 2018 regular season. They held a 2-1 record over Pineapple going into the Championships and with the addition of All NVA Setter Conor Eaton and All NVA Middle Scott Siwicki proving to be one of the most dominate middles in the league, looked to to be the low key favorite. Icemen may have fallen short in 2018 but they look to pick up where they left off in the regular season and give themselves another look at earning an NVA Title.
The 2019 NVA Season Opening Event will be hosted at the JVA World Challenge at The Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This will be the 1st of 3 Events that JVA will be partnering up with The NVA for 2019.
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