Omaha, Neb. – In cooperation with the Pro Volleyball Federation (PVF), Nebraska Pro Volleyball is bringing a women’s professional team to Omaha. Today, the Omaha Supernovas announced that the team is well represented at the 2023 women’s Pan American Cup. USA Volleyball has selected 14 players to compete at the Pan Am Cup, August 6-13 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Four Omaha Supernovas players have been selected for the USA team: setter Sydney Hilley, middle blocker Danielle Hart, outside hitter Brooke Nuneviller, and libero Kendall White are part of a 14-player roster.
“It is exciting for the Omaha Supernovas to be so well represented,” said Diane Mendenhall, President of the Omaha Supernovas. “Our roster is stacked with phenomenal talent and the enthusiasm to watch these amazing women is apparent in the tremendous interest we are seeing in season ticket deposits.”
“This group has trained for the last three weeks and has put in a tremendous amount of work to prepare for what’s ahead of us,” USA Volleyball Head Coach Brad Rostratter said. “Our group has a mixture of players who have seen and played a lot of volleyball, and new faces to international competition.”
The USA team competing at the Pan American Cup opened the tournament Sunday with a sweep (25-12, 25-12, 25-17) of Costa Rica in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Omaha Supernovas team members played a key role in the victory. As the starting setter, Sydney Hilley led the team in assists, with Danielle Hart contributing 8 kills hitting .750 and Brooke Nuneviller tallied 4 kills hitting .273. Today, USA faces off against Peru, with matches against Colombia and Canada later this week, with the playoffs following pool play. The USA team will compete next week in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
As All Americans at Wisconsin, Hilley and Hart led the Badgers to a national championship in 2021. Nuneviller was a three time All American at Oregon followed by a season playing overseas in Turkey, with White having a stellar career as a two-time collegiate All American at Penn State.
“On behalf of our entire Omaha franchise, we want to congratulate these four players on their selection and wish them well as they compete for USA in the Pan American Cup in Puerto Rico,” said Omaha Supernovas’ Head Coach Shelton Collier. “They participated in a highly competitive training camp in Anaheim, California, along with many of the best players in the country, so it is awesome for four Supernovas to have been selected to this USA team.”
Collier added, “All four all have unique stories they bring to USA Volleyball and to our Supernovas team. Sydney has a full-time job in the field of cancer research, so for her to have worked hard to make this team as one of two setters is very impressive. Danielle has made an impressive comeback from major knee surgery and has established herself as one of the top middle blockers in the country. Brooke continues to be impressive with her skill set and her ability to be competitive as a libero and as an outside hitter with the national USA team. Kendall was a captain of this team last summer and returns as an experienced libero and one of the top players in the entire country at this position.”
The U.S. Women have won the Pan Am Cup seven times, most recently in 2019. The USA women’s team won bronze in 2021 and 2022. More information on the USA team and the Pan American Cup is available here: 2022 Women’s Pan American Cup – USA Volleyball.
- 3 Kendall White (L, 5-5, Zionsville, Ind., Penn State University Alumnae)
- 25 Brooke Nuneviller (OH, 5-11, Chandler, Ariz., Oregon University Alumnae)
- 30 Danielle Hart (MB, 6-4, Virginia Beach, Va., Wisconsin University Alumnae)
- 44 Sydney Hilley (S, 6-0, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Wisconsin University Alumnae)
The Omaha Supernovas will begin competition in PVF’s 2024 inaugural season with 24 total matches (12 home and 12 away) over a 16-week regular season. The supernovas will begin competing in early 2024 and play into mid-May when they will be chasing the PVF National Championship title. The PVF has announced six teams for the inaugural season and one expansion team, to include: Omaha, Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando, Grand Rapids and Columbus, and adding Dallas for the 2025 season. Additional Supernovas information is available through the team’s website www.supernovas.com.
ABOUT OMAHA SUPERNOVAS
The Omaha Supernovas aims to be the premier home of professional volleyball throughout the world. The team is owned by global music sensation Jason Derulo and entrepreneurs Danny White and Chris Erickson, Co-Founders of City+Ventures, an investment and business acceleration organization headquartered in Omaha.
ABOUT PRO VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION
Pro Volleyball Federation is REAL pro volleyball and the premier women’s professional volleyball league in North America. Pro Volleyball Federation will begin play in early 2024 with world class athletes and coaches, including some of America’s greatest volleyball players and elite players from around the world. Our entire focus is on ensuring that our level and quality of play, our treatment of players, the quality of our event presentations, and our day-to-day fan experience is world class and the very best offered in North America.