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May 3, 2024 – Pro Volleyball Federation (PVF)
Omaha Supernova’s News Report

COLUMBUS, O. – Fresh off securing a spot in the inaugural Pro Volleyball Federation Championship, the Omaha Supernovas (13-7) begin a two-match road trip with a visit to the Columbus Fury (8-12) on Saturday, 4 May at Nationwide Arena. The first service is scheduled for 6:30 PM CDT.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. It will be the second of three appearances on the cable network for the Supernovas. Daniel Gillman and Camryn Irwin will be in attendance.

The match will also be broadcast live on the Supernovas Radio Network, with flagship station 93.7 The Ticket. The broadcast will also be live on 95.7 The Boss (Omaha), KRVN (Lexington), KOLT (Scottsbluff) and KTIC (West Point). Award-winning host Derrick Pearson and AVCA High School Coach of the Year Renee Saunders will provide commentary.

With the Fury getting swept by first-place Atlanta Vibe on Thursday night, the Supernovas have officially secured a spot in the Pro Volleyball Championship. The historic event will take place at the Supernovas’ home base, the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha, on May 15 and 18.

Heading into Saturday, Omaha must either win two more games or let the San Diego Mojo (9-10) suffer twelve losses to secure the number two spot in the championship.

No one can win the season series on Saturday as each team has won one game each. The Fury dominated the Supernovas in their home opener on February 21, emerging with a 3-1 win as Reagan Cooper recorded 22 kills. Omaha responded with a 3-1 victory of its own on April 4 at the CHI Health Center, with Supernovas outside hitter Bethania de la Cruz scoring 26 kills at a .585 clip, both of which are franchise records.

The Supernovas are coming off a thrilling five-set victory at the Grand Rapids Rise on April 26, with team captain Brooke Nuneviller and new signee Stephanie Samedy combining for 41 kills. Samedy, making her first start as a Supernova, posted 21 kills at a .283 clip with 18 digs, while Nuneviller added 20 kills and 16 digs. De la Cruz completed the standout trio as the Olympian totaled 17 kills on a .304 hitting percentage, including five kills in the deciding fifth set.

Samedy has made quite an impact during her early tenure in Omaha, totaling 33 kills and 28 digs in the two matches she has played. That also includes an ace and one block. De la Cruz has also stepped up her game. After posting double-digit kills in just one of eight matches from February 21 through March 30, the Dominican Republic native has scored ten or more kills in six straight matches dating back to April 2.

The Supernovas remain the top performing team in the Pro Volleyball Federation. Omaha leads the league with four aces per match, posting 80 aces in 20 matches. This includes De la Cruz, who leads the league with 28 aces, including four in the past three matches.

Omaha middle blockers Hristina Vuchkova and Tori Dixon are one of the most lethal middle combos in the league. Vuchkova has a team-high 58 blocks, which averages 3.41 blocks per game in the league. Dixon isn’t far behind with 56 blocks, but both middle blockers co-own the franchise record with six blocks in a game, with Dixon matching that mark last time out against Grand Rapids.

After losing nine of 10 games from March 9 through April 17, the Columbus Fury have bounced back and won three of the last four to vault them into postseason contention. Although the Fury was overrun by the Vibe on Thursday, May 2 in Atlanta.

The Fury are without franchise middle blocker Asjia O’Neal, who was called up to the U.S. women’s national team in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. However, opposite Kendall Kipp has been one of the best players in the league since her arrival on April 12. The Stanford graduate is averaging 4.5 kills per set at a .187 clip over six matches.

Rookie Reagan Cooper is another deadly weapon for the Fury as she has 280 kills on the season, which is fifth in the league. She averages 4.12 kills per set with a .284 hitting percentage and 2.44 digs per set. Former Nebraska volleyball player Kaitlyn Hord leads the middle group for Columbus with a team-high 35 blocks with 87 kills at a .316 clip.

Omaha continues its road trip with a visit to Vegas for the Thrill on Monday, May 6. The first meal is scheduled for 9:00 PM CDT at Lee’s Family Forum.

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