Premier Volleyball League loaded with UAlberta athletes

    13 Bears and Pandas student-athletes and alumni suiting up in second year of Premier Volleyball League

    By Connor Hood on June 4, 2019

    Becoming one of the most elite volleyball leagues in Canada, the Premier Volleyball League has grown considerably in two years, thanks in large part to the volume of current and former Golden Bears and Pandas athletes competing. 

    In Toronto and Calgary, a total of 13 UAlberta student-athletes are competing across the 16 teams in the Premier League. 

    Established in 2017, the Premier League was co-founded by UAlberta Pandas alumna Jaki Ellis, and is made up of current and former U SPORTS all-stars, professional athletes, and members of Canada's national volleyball teams.

    The Toronto and Calgary leagues have 8 teams (4 men's, 4 women's) each. Athletes are selected through the Konno Athlete Draft, with the seasons running from May 29th to July 18th. The season culminates in the Canada Cup Finals between the Toronto League champions and the Calgary League champions on July 19th-20th in Edmonton.

    Along with Ellis (Soul Machine - Women), Golden Bears alumni Reed May (Soul Machine - Men), Chris Towe (Madawaska Madness), and Erik Mattson (Madawaska Madness) are also competing in the Toronto League this summer. 

    Calgary features Pandas alumni Kacey Otto (Trolley 5 Storm), Tiffany Proudfoot (JVC Reign), and Tasha Holness (Cold Garden Tropikills), as well as current student-athletes Julia Zonneveld (JVC Reign) and Elyse Hart (Cold Garden Tropikills). In addition, current Pandas assistant coach and Mount Royal Cougars alumnae Carolyn O'Dwyer owns and coaches CMS Crush. 

    On the men's side, Dallas Soonias (SVR Stallions), Jarron Mueller (SVR Stallions), Tucker Leinweber (Vogel LLP Smashing Gavels), and Taylor Arnett (Vogel LLP Smashing Gavels) represent the Golden Bears alumni participating. 

    For more information on the Calgary Premier League:

    2019 Schedule/Results 
    League Info

    For more information on the Toronto Premier League:

    - 2019 Schedule/Results
    - Teams
    League Info