Edge Physical Therapy

Position Specific Training

Posted November 26th, 2014

We will be running Position Specific Training throughout the season. Shannon Smolinski, Director of Player Development, will be running these sessions along with other Premier coaches specializing in those areas. These sessions are designed for players who have chosen a position or want to increase their level of experience and expertise. The training is for athletes who want to take their ability of play to the next level.

- Mondays: Setters Training. No Registration. See Calendar for dates. NOTE: This is specific to setters ONLY.

- Mondays-Thursdays: Position Training. Registration

You must register online for Position Training in order to attend! No Walk-Ins! All training sessions will be open to the first 30 players who sign up! Registration will open up Sunday evening at 8:00 pm before each Tues/Wed training session. The reason we wait to open them Sunday evenings is to give those who are in tournaments on Sundays the chance to register.

All Position Training sessions are open to Premier Players only and are included in your fees!

Email Shannon if you have any questions!

Congratulations and Welcome to the Premier Family

Posted on October 18th, 2014 (Updated November 17th)

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2014-2015 Club tryouts and all Premier coaches that helped with tryouts. Tryouts were once again a huge success and we are very excited for another fun and successful year!

A huge heartfelt congratulations to all the talented athletes selected for the 18 Gold, 18 Black, 17 Gold, 17 Black, 16 Gold, 16 Black, 15 Gold, 15 Black, 15 Red, 15 Silver, 14 Gold, 14 Black, 14 Red, 14 Silver, 13 Gold, 13 Black, 13 Red, 13 Silver, 12 Gold, 12 Black, 12 Red, 12 Silver, 11 Gold and 11 Black teams! We look forward to seeing all these athletes grow stronger as players and teammates!!

Rick and the Premier Volleyball staff

All 2015 PREMIER ATHLETES: TWO IMPORTANT ITEMS
Please make sure the following is completed as soon as possible. Thanks!

1. Complete the 2015 Player Contact Form.

2. Register online with the Great Plains Region.
    - NEW USA Volleyball Members
    - RETURNING USA Volleyball Members
Please be sure to select "Premier VBC" as your club. If have already completed the registration and selected "Undecided" please be sure to log back into the system and change your affiliation to "Premier VBC".

Keep watching the website to check for updated information. If you have any questions, please email Michelle at premier_vb@yahoo.com.

15s-18s Xplosive Edge Schedule

Posted on November 17th, 2014

NOTE: ALL Xplosive Edge schedules from week to week will be posted on Fridays to the Xplosive Edge Page titled "Strength". Training for the 15s-18s will begin December 1st.

XEdge is highly recommended!! Statistics have shown that Premier teams that had or had close to 100% participation have been extremely successful in their seasons. It is not too late to sign up. Bring forms to your team's Xedge training next week to get started!!!!

The first week of training for all teams will consist of pre testing for their 1st session and Postural Sports Screens on Saturday, December 6th at the courts with Edge Physical Therapy.

For the second week of Xedge training, things will get more normal. All teams need to go through our nutrition program. Dates/times posted to schedule. All nutrition sessions will be at Xplosive Edge's home facility (Soccer Center 14706 Giles Rd.) right down the street upstairs in the audio visual room.

Order Your Premier Gear!

Posted on November 3rd

Place your Apparel Order: Please click HERE to place your apparel order!!!

Mail your check to "Premier Volleyball": 1209 N 161st Cir Omaha, NE 68118 or drop it off with Shannon at The Premier Volleyball Office @ The Courts.

Deadline: Friday, December 5th at NOON

Practice T-Shirts: All players receive 2 practice t-shirts Red Short Sleeve T-shirt & Black Short Sleeve T-shirt). Please note, these are item "1" and "4" on the Apparel Catalog. Unless you want an extra t-shirt, please do NOT fill in "1" and "4" on your order form.

2014-2015 Premier Nebraska Volleyball Coaching Staff

Posted on September 21st, 2014 (Updated October 31st, 2014)

Our 2014-2015 coaching staff has been posted below!! The Staff Page is constantly being updated with bios. Be sure to visit our Staff page to read about Rick Welch, the Premier Coaches/Staff and their accomplishments!

18 Gold: Nate Mongan/ Rick Welch/ Megan Schmale
18 Black: Heidi Oetken/ Lexi Myers/ Nick DeKorver

17 Gold: Joe Wessel/ Ashley Pike/ Elena Pietro
17 Black: Bri Sullivan/ Dani Micek/ Judy Boner

16 Gold: Becky Verespej/ Alex Muckey/ Katie Swenson
16 Black: Shanna Massman/ Blaise Scheef/ Alexis Anderson

15 Gold: Shannon Smolinski/ Maureen Wardian/ Carlie Christensen
15 Black: Paul Wright/ Molly (Koneck) Gegzna/ Jenni Bennett
15 Red: Sarah Kemp/ Erin Backhuus/ Katie Lincoln
15 Silver: John Castle/ Amy Taylor/ Michaela Schimmer

14 Gold: Ashley Martin/ Tadd Martin/ Kiki Linebaugh
14 Black: John Sutera/ Alli Kramer/ Jodi Saucier
14 Red: Emilie Varley/ Kirsten Placzek/ Brooke Cousino
14 Silver: Carolyn Splichal/ Cassie Dalrymple/ Ashley Klitz

13 Gold: Andrea Eiler/ Chris Smith/ Addie Smith
13 Black: Krysta Peers/ Kimi Lueders/ Tammie Centeno
13 Red: Michelle Christensen/ Courtney Aspegren/ Emmilie Kosiba
13 Silver: Kacie Besser/ Michaela Michalek/ Jeannine Adler

12 Gold: Bret Abels/ John Castle/ Mindy McNurlin
12 Black: Niki Gregory/ Katy Brown/ Renee Gregory
12 Red: Julie Moore/ Molly Pettit/ Jessie Skain
12 Silver: Kacie Lindeman/ Cheri Schneider/ Suzanne Paulsen

11 Gold: Bart Nighswonger/ Elizabeth Thielen/ Raisha Smith
11 Black: Chris Johnson/ Katy Butler/ Holly DeMarque

Admin and Special Training Staff:
Rick Welch, Club Director
Shannon Smolinski, Director of Player Development (Position Training and Private Lessons)
Marian Gyhra, Assistant Club Director
Michelle Lund, Director of Communications/ College Recruiting Coordinator
Trish Seidlik, College Recruiting Seminars
Nate Mongan, Setters Training
Nicole Venditte, Setters Training
Rod Richardson, Setters Training
Michaela Schimmer, Setters Training
Katie Swenson, Setters Training
Tricia Harder, Player Development
Dan Hanus, Player Development
Heather Thorson, Player Development
Stephanie Connell, Player Development
Jen Runte, Player Development
Hunter Pabian, Player Development
Lauren Greisch, Player Development
Christen Blackledge, Player Development
Leigha McDonald, Player Development
Kim Thomas, Player Development
Alex Hanus, Player Development
Taylor Holz, Player Development

Strength Training Coaches:
Gibb Duval, Xplosive Edge (Director of Athletic Performance)

To schedule a Private Lesson, contact Shannon Smolinski at Shannon.Smolinski@yahoo.com.

2014 Xplosive Edge Lifter of the Year

Posted on July 25th, 2014

Premier Volleyball would like to congratulate Bree Ackermann. Ackermann was honored as the 2014 Xplosive Edge Lifter of the Year, an award given annually to players who are dedicated to excellence in the weight room. Xplosive Edge Lifters of the Year are selected based off of character, work ethic, intensity, leadership, attendance and punctuality.

Ackermann, a 2014 graduate of Lincoln Pius X High School, was a Libero for the 2013-14 Premier 18 Gold team coached by Nate Mongan, Rick Welch and Megan Schmale. In 2013, Ackermann was selected for the USA Junior Girls' High Performance Continental Team. Most recently, Ackermann was named to the 2014 PrepVolleyball.com Defensive Dandies list, All-Class B Honorable Mention list and Final Nebraska High School Volleyball Leaders list for digs.

Ackermann will be heading this Fall to top DII program, Wayne State to continue her volleyball and academic career. Last season, the Wildcats finished in the top 25 in NCAA DII Women's Volleyball.

All-Time Xplosive Edge Lifters of the Year
2009 - Erin Doherty (Middle), Premier 18 Gold, Mercy High School, West Texas A&M
2010 - Andrea Johnson (Setter), Premier 18 Black, Omaha Burke High School, Bellevue University
2011 - Bailey Vance (Libero), Premier 18 Gold, Papillion LaVista South HS, Northwest Missouri State
2012 - Alex Hanus (Right Side), Premier 18 Black, Marian High School, New Mexico Military Institute
2013 - Makayla Maxwell (Middle), Premier 18 Gold, Millard North High School, Washburn University
2014 - Bree Ackermann (Libero), Premier 18 Gold, Lincoln Pius X High School, Wayne State College


Premier Athletes named to Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Team

Posted on July 23rd, 2014



Congrats to Premier 18 Gold's Erin Gross (Tekamah Herman HS / Wayne State College) and Alexis Anderson ( Millard West HS / College of Saint Mary) for being named to the Nebraska Coaches Association Girls' Volleyball All-Stars team.

Gross represented the Blue team and Anderson represented the Red team!

Great job ladies!



Coaching Opportunities

Posted on June 23rd, 2014

Premier Volleyball is always seeking out talented, dynamic coaches who are passionate about the game and teaching it. We welcome experienced coaches looking to reinvigorate their career as well as those looking to coach club for the first time. Previous club coaching and/or college playing experience is a plus. We place coaches at a level consistent with their abilities, interests, and experience, as well as meeting club and team needs.

Interested individuals are encouraged to review our website to learn more about Premier, and should contact premier_vb@yahoo.com for additional information.

Premier Volleyball qualifies NINE!!!

Posted May 6th, 2014 (Updated May 9th)

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PREMIER TEAMS WHO QUALIFIED FOR THE 2014 USA VOLLEYBALL GIRLS' JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MINNEAPOLIS!!! Shoutout to our student-athletes and coaches for their dedication, hard work and perseverance in an increasingly competitive Great Plains Region. We also recognize the support of our parents, sponsors and friends to all student-athletes and our coaching staff. GO PREMIER!

Event Schedule and Results


Premier 18 Gold - Northern Lights 18 USA Runner Up - Qualified USA


Premier 18 Black - Great Plains Bid Champions - Qualified National


Premier 17 Gold - Great Plains Bid Champions - Qualified National


Premier 16 Gold - Great Plains Bid Champions - Qualified National


Premier 15 Gold - Great Plains Bid Runner-Up - Qualified American


Premier 14 Gold - Great Plains Bid Champions - Qualified National


Premier 13 Gold - Great Plains Bid Champions - Qualified National


Premier 12 Gold - Great Plains Bid Champions - Qualified National


Premier 12 Black - Colorado Crossroads 12 American Champions - Qualified American

Congrats to our 2014 Premier Medalists and Top 10 Finishes

Posted on March 18, 2014 (Updated July 7th)

Congratulations are in order to the following teams
for medaling at National Qualifiers!



Premier 12 Black - Colorado Crossroads 12 American Champions - Qualified American
Denver, CO


Premier 18 Gold - Northern Lights 18 USA Runner Up - Qualified USA
Minneapolis, MN


Other Top 10 Finishes

- Premier 18 Gold - 9th Place, USAV Girls' Junior National Championships 18 USA

- Premier 16 Gold - 10th Place, USAV Girls' Junior National Championships 16 National

- Premier 13 Gold - 10th Place, USAV Girls' Junior National Championships 13 National

- Premier 18 Gold - 2nd Place, Northern Lights Qualifier 18 USA

- Premier 18 Black - 5th Place, Northern Lights Qualifier 18 American

- Premier 17 Gold - 7th Place, Show Me Qualifier 17 Open

- Premier 16 Gold - 5th Place, Show Me Qualifier 16 USA

- Premier 16 Black - 9th Place, Show Me Qualifier 16 USA

- Premier 14 Black - 5th Place, Show Me Qualifier 14 USA

- Premier 14 Red - 5th Place, Show Me Qualifier 14 American

- Premier 12 Gold - 6th Place, Show Me Qualifier 12 National

- Premier 12 Black - 5th Place, Show Me Qualifier 12 American

- Premier 18 Black - 9th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 18 USA

- Premier 17 Gold - 5th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 17 Open

- Premier 14 Gold - 9th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 14 Open

- Premier 13 Gold - 7th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 13 Open

- Premier 13 Black - 4th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 13 American

- Premier 13 Red - 9th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 13 American

- Premier 12 Gold - 5th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 12 National

- Premier 12 Black - 1st Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 12 American

- Premier 11 Gold - 5th Place, Colorado Crossroads Qualifier 12 American

- Premier 18 Gold - 6th Place, Omaha President's Day 18 Open

- Premier 18 Black - 9th Place, Omaha President's Day 18 Club

- Premier 17 Gold - 7th Place, Omaha President's Day 17 Open

- Premier 16 Gold - 5th Place, Omaha President's Day 16 Open

- Premier 15 Black - 9th Place, Omaha President's Day 15 Club

- Premier 14 Gold - 10th Place, Omaha President's Day 14 Open

- Premier 14 Red - 5th Place, Omaha President's Day 14 Club

- Premier 13 Gold - 5th Place, Omaha President's Day 13 Club

- Premier 12 Gold - 5th Place, Omaha President's Day 12 Club

- Premier 12 Black - 9th Place, Omaha President's Day 12 Club

- Premier 12 Red - 5th Place, Omaha President's Day 12 Club

- Premier 11 Gold - 9th Place, Omaha President's Day 12 Club

Premier Volleyball Class of 2014

Posted on May 6th, 2014 (Updated June 20th)

Good luck to our Class of 2014 athletes as they begin their college careers in the Fall!!!! Premier's Class of 2014 is our 16th senior class and the largest senior class ever for Premier. 15 seniors have received and accepted offers to play at the collegiate level to date. Both Premier 18 Gold and 18 Black will be training into the Summer and will be competing at the National and USA division's at the 2014 Junior Girl's USA Volleyball Championships!!!

Congratulations to Bellevue University, Buena Vista University, Midland University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Southeast Community College, College of Saint Mary, Benedictine College, Wayne State College, University of Central Missouri, University of Nebraska Kearney and Hastings College for securing such a talented group of athletes. Our best wishes to all of our seniors who begin their future careers in the Fall. We'll miss you all!

Class of 2014
Bree Ackermann - Wayne State College; Lincoln Pius X HS
Alexis Anderson - College of Saint Mary; Millard West HS
Laura Barry - Buena Vista University; Wahoo HS
Lynnae Beiermann - Millard South HS
Susan Burgess - Nebraska Wesleyan University; Omaha Burke HS
Nicole Carbajal - Johnson-Brock HS
Hannah Christiansen - Nebraska Wesleyan University; Lyons-Decatur Northeast HS
Elise Fulcher - Benedictine College; Duchesne Academy
Taylor Grass - Midland University; Papillion La Vista South HS
Erin Gross - Wayne State College; Tekamah Herman HS
Taylor Holz - Bellevue University; Omaha Skutt Catholic HS
Emilie Kosiba - College of Saint Mary; Syracuse Public
Nicole Meisenbach- Omaha Marian HS
Devynn Patocka - Southeast Community College; Mead HS
Morgan Radamacher - Millard West HS
Ashton Riedy - Hastings College; Grand Island HS
Katelyn Roubal - Millard South HS
Alissa Schovanec - University of Central Missouri; Papillion LaVista HS
Kaitlynn Thomas - University of Nebraska Kearney; Ashland Greenwood HS
Morgan Thompson - Millard North HS
Michaela Viloria - Southeast Community College; Bellevue West HS

To view Premier Alumni and College Commitments, click here.

Rick Welch, Club Director and The Premier Volleyball Staff

Xplosive Edge and Premier Volleyball

Designed specifically for Premier Volleyball athletes since 2005, the Xplosive Edge has teamed up with Premier to create the superior power athlete. Trained on site at our "Courts" satellite facility, premier athletes can train immediately before or after practice with X-edge. The Xplosive Edge satellite facility at The Courts is the Midwest's premier training facility for volleyball athletes. Equipped with Power Lift and Hammer Strength equipment, the courts satellite facility is nicer than most of the universities in the nation.

Emphasis is put on increasing strength, balance, agility, and range of motion, all while developing more power. These Premier Volleyball athletes are increasing their vertical jumps while at the same time learning how to jump and land on the ground as well as accelerate and decelerate. Plyometrics are included in our training regimen only when the athlete has become strong enough to control their bodies in space.

The courts training facility is exclusively for the use of the Xplosive Edge in its training of Premier Volleyball. Premier Volleyball is one of the nations best volleyball clubs and is on the rise. Since the inception of Xplosive Edge working with Premier Volleyball, Premier has increased its winning percentage by over 66% all while decreasing the injury rate by over 88%. This last year Premier Volleyball sent 8 teams to the USA volleyball championships!

Premier athletes are trained twice a week (45 min. sessions) right before or after their practice. Each athlete is pre and post performance tested to see their own individual performance index score created by Boyd Epley of Epic Athletic Performance.

This is Premier Volleyball!


We have the focus, drive, passion, character, discipline, confidence, power, determination and HEART!!!!! This is Premier Volleyball.....

Premier Volleyball Online Payment System

You now can pay your Player Fees, Qualifier Fees and other Tournament Fees online!
It's fast, easy and you don't even need to signup for a PayPal account.