The anticipation is reaching fever pitch as the Omaha Supernovas gear up for their inaugural professional volleyball match in the Pro Volleyball Federation (PVF). Set to take place on January 24th at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha, this debut marks a significant moment for the team and the growing popularity of professional volleyball in Nebraska.
As the countdown begins, the Supernovas, led by coach Shelton Collier, are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations. A recent practice session at their home arena showcased the team’s dedication and unity. Players, including setter Natalia Valentin-Anderson and outside hitter Bethania de la Cruz, spoke with enthusiasm about the upcoming match: “The team is almost completed, We have had great practices and great chemistry with our teammates, and we continue to grow.”
Representing Nebraska’s Passion for Volleyball
Valentin-Anderson, a proud representative of Puerto Rico, expressed her excitement at being part of Nebraska’s first professional team. Known for its fervor for volleyball, Nebraska holds a special place in the sport’s history. De la Cruz, hailing from the Dominican Republic, shrugged off concerns about Nebraska’s cold weather, emphasizing the team’s great chemistry and productive practice sessions.
The Supernovas’ unity and camaraderie are palpable, with players like Tori Dixon, a seasoned middle blocker and Minnesota graduate, commending the team’s support and the impressive facilities. As they approach their first professional match, the players are focused on delivering a remarkable debut, with the eyes of volleyball experts from across the nation set to be on them.
Wide Radio Coverage to Boost Fan Base
The excitement doesn’t end on the court. All 24 of the Supernovas’ matches, including 12 home and 12 away games, will be broadcast on four Nebraska radio stations: 93.7 The Ticket FM in Lincoln, KTIC. Additionally, Omahans can tune in via the Ticket FM app. Derrick Pearson will provide play-by-play coverage, while Omaha Skutt volleyball coach Renee Saunders will offer insightful commentary.
The Supernovas’ entry into the PVF is not just a debut for the team but a celebration of Nebraska’s presence in professional volleyball. As the first major league professional team in the state, the Supernovas carry the hopes and expectations of a growing fan base. With ownership backing from Team Management, the team is poised to make a lasting impression on the PVF stage.
Looking Ahead: Partnerships and Expansion Plans
The PVF, featuring seven teams, including the Supernovas, has already secured multiyear media rights deals with Bally Live and Stadium. Bally Live will broadcast a majority of live matches for free on the Bally Live App during the inaugural 2024 season. Stadium will present a “Match of the Week” live on its app, website, and OTT partners.
In the short term, the league aims to explore expansion, with plans for 12–14 teams by 2025 and additional markets such as Dallas, Indianapolis, and Kansas City already in the pipeline.
As the Supernovas prepare for their historic debut, the enthusiasm and support from fans and the wider community are already evident. With a commitment to professionalism, unity, and a growing fan base, the Omaha Supernovas are set to make a mark in the Pro Volleyball Federation, showcasing the vibrant landscape of volleyball in Nebraska. The upcoming clash against the Atlanta Vibe promises to be a thrilling kick-off to what could be a defining season for the Supernovas.