U.S. women’s professional volleyball gets another chance, for the players’ sake
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Volleyball is the third most popular sport for girls in the U.S., with almost 16,650 female players in the NCAA. However, there are few opportunities for even the most accomplished women to further their athletic careers because there is no professional volleyball league in the U.S. Many athletes decide to play in leagues overseas, while even more choose to abandon the sport and pursue a more traditional career. In 2011, the United States Volleyball Association created the Premiere Volleyball League, a grassroots organization, hoping to give these players an opportunity to play professionally in their home country. One team in Dallas found early success in the league, but was unable to support itself financially and became defunct. However, the rest of the league is gaining momentum, and more teams are joining each year. After three years, the PVL is already the longest-running professional volleyball league in the history of the U.S. Players have enjoyed their experiences with the league and hope it is sustainable for the future.