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SALT LAKE CITY — League One Volleyball (LOVB) announced on Monday that Salt Lake City has been chosen to host one of its professional women’s volleyball teams.
Salt Lake joins Madison, Wisconsin, Houston, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia as the fourth location selected to host an LOVB team. The league will start its pre-season in November, 2024, with six teams in six locations across the US.
LOVB was founded in 2020, and is the first full-season professional women’s volleyball league in the U.S.
The professional team is already affiliated with several club volleyball teams in Utah, including Club V in Salt Lake City, where the LOVB players will train.
According to a representative from Club V, Salt Lake City was chosen for Utah’s love of volleyball, as well as the sport’s rapid growth within the state.
“With more athletes, coaches, and parents getting involved from the grassroots to the college game, volleyball is the sport that is bringing the community together,” said Matt Carlson, club director at Club V. “Adding a women’s professional team here will not only inspire a new generation of athletes to do things never done before, but will add a new layer of depth to an already incredible ecosystem. The athletes need this, fans want this, and Utah will shock the world just how much they love sports, specifically volleyball.”