The Pro Volleyball Federation began its inaugural season on Wednesday, with 11,624 fans showing out in Omaha to watch as the Atlanta Vibe took on the Omaha Supernovas.
It was the largest crowd to ever watch a professional volleyball match in the United States.
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And the crowd got a show. While the Supernovas dropped their opening two sets, they rallied to take it to five sets. Atlanta avoided the reverse sweep, however, taking the fifth set after going down 15-13.
“History was made tonight,” Atlanta’s Alli Linnehan said. “That’s what we just kept saying. History is being made and it’s just so awesome that we get to be a part of it.”
Atlanta coach Todd Dagenais conceded that it was about more than just the road win.
“As much as we’re excited about this road win,” Dagenais said, “that’s nice. But I think it was an incredible to share the court with them tonight with such an great crowd and I’m so happy for the league to pull this off.
“This is the dream that we all bought into. This is what we wanted to be a part of and I think we gave the fans of volleyball, of the PVF, we gave them a great match and something they can be excited about.”
“It was a spectacle, it was an event, it was something amazing that happened and we were so proud to be part of it,” Omaha coach Shelton Collier said. “This was breaking ground for a professional volleyball league and there could have been 800 people and a poorly played match and it was an incredible match with an incredible crowd, an incredible atmosphere.”