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February 27th-March 1st Tournament Champs

Posted March 3rd, 2015


Premier 15 Red - Next Level 15 Gold Champions


Premier 15 Silver - Bellevue Volleyball Challenge 15 Silver Champions


Premier 14 Red - Pioneer Classic II 15 Silver Champions


Premier 13 Gold - Spikes Challenge 13 Gold Champions


Premier 12 Red - The Courts VBC Classic II 12 Silver Champions

February 27th-March 1st Tournament Results

Posted March 3rd, 2015

Great job to the all teams that competed in this weekend's tournaments! Congratulations to 15 Red, 15 Silver, 14 Red, 13 Gold and 12 Red for medaling at Crossroads and 12 Black for taking home the GOLD! Great job ladies!!

Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) Results & Website
18 Gold - 5th in FLIGHT 4, 18 Open Division
18 Black - 1st in FLIGHT 3, 18 USA Division
17 Gold - 1st in SILVER, 17 Open Division
17 Black - 2nd in BRONZE, 17 American Division
16 Gold - 3rd in FLIGHT 4, 16 Open Division
16 Black - 1st in FLIGHT 1, 16 American Division


Next Level Classic (Sunday)
15 Red - CHAMPIONS!! 1st in GOLD Tournament, 15 Gold Division


Spikes Challenge (Sunday)
13 Gold - CHAMPIONS!! 1st in GOLD Tournament, 13 Gold Division


The Courts VBC Classic II (Sunday)
12 Red - CHAMPIONS!! 1st in GOLD Tournament, 12 Silver Division
11 Black - 1st in SILVER Tournament, 12 Silver Division


Pioneer Classic II (Sunday)
14 Red - CHAMPIONS!! 1st in GOLD Tournament, 15 Silver Division


Bellevue Volleyball Challenge (Sunday)
15 Silver - CHAMPIONS!! 1st in GOLD Tournament, 15 Silver Division
14 Silver - 5th in GOLD TOurnament, 15 Silver Division

March 8th Tournaments

Posted March 3rd, 2015

Good Luck to the teams below as they compete this upcoming weekend!

Time/schedules for all tournaments will be posted on the Great Plains website as soon as they are ready (link below). Go to the tournament and click on the division. Also, be sure to check the schedules often as there could be updates posted the evening before.

Click here for Tournament Schedules (You might need to scroll down this page)

Spikes Challenge
12 Gold
12 Red
11 Gold


Sunset Spring Forward
12 Silver


Premier Classic IV
15 Black
14 Gold
14 Black
13 Gold
13 Black
13 Red


NWU Festival
14 Silver


Oasis March Classic
16 Gold

Peters is Finalist for Andi Collins Award

Posted on January 13, 2015

Premier 18 Gold's setter, Jess Peters, has been named as a finalist for the 2014 Andi Collins Award given annually by PrepVolleyball.com to the top Senior setter in the nation.

Peters is one of 65 seniors from across the country to be selected as finalists.

In 2014, Jess was named to the All-Nebraska First Team, All-State Class A First Team and All-Metro First Team for Papillion-LaVista. She also was selected to play in the 2015 Nebraska Coaches Association Girls' Volleyball All-Stars match.

She recorded 1,238 assists in 2014 and added 361 digs, 68 blocks and 45 aces in helping her team to an undefeated regular season and the state Class A final.

Andi Collins wanted to be the best setter in the nation. Cancer ended that dream Sept. 4, 2003, a month shy of her 17th birthday. The Andi Collins Award, presented in her honor and memory, recognizes the best senior setter in the nation

Jess is committed to play for Midland University in the Fall.

Premier Athletes - Nebraska High School Volleyball Awards

December 13th, 2014 (Updated Dec 19th)

We would like to recognize the following Premier players for their achievements in Nebraska High School volleyball.

All-Nebraska First Team
Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Jess Peters, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University

All-State Class A First Team
Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Jess Peters, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University

All-State Class A Second Team
Kelsey O'Connell, Marian HS (Premier 18 Gold)

All-State Class B First Team
Brooke Swain, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 18 Black)

All-State Class B Second Team
Alyssa Woodman, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 17 Gold)

All-State Class C-1 Second Team
Averey Yaksich, Omaha Concordia HS (Premier 16 Gold)

All-Metro First Team
Kelsey O'Connell, Marian HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Jess Peters, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University

All-Metro Volleyball Second Team
Andie Hanus, Omaha Marian HS (Premier 17 Gold) - University of Missouri
Elena Melendez, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Drake University

All-Metro Volleyball Third Team
Lauryn Hilger, Millard South (Premier 17 Gold) - Northwestern College
Libby Koukol, Millard North (Premier 18 Gold)
Hannah Mueller, Marian HS (Premier 17 Gold)

All-Area Volleyball First Team
Brooke Swain, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 18 Black)

All-Area Volleyball Second Team
Alyssa Woodman, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Averey Yaksich, Omaha Concordia HS (Premier 16 Gold)

All-Class Class A Honorable Mention
Katie Imig, Bellevue West HS (Premier 18 Black)
Mackenzie Puckett, Grand Island HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Isabella Siciunas, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Kierra Harder, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Libby Koukol, Millard North (Premier 18 Gold)
Lauryn Hilger, Millard South (Premier 17 Gold) - Northwestern College
Audrey Keim, Millard South HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Missouri Western University
Bridget Peterson, Millard West HS (Premier 16 Gold)
Andie Hanus, Omaha Marian HS (Premier 17 Gold) - University of Missouri
Hannah Mueller, Marian HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Elena Melendez, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Drake University
Ellie McDonnell, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Steph Gaston, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 16 Gold) - Creighton University
Sydney Fitzgibbons, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 15 Gold)
Taylor Crandall, Papillion LaVista South HS (Premier 17 Gold)

All-Class Class B Honorable Mention
Nicole Skovsende, Elkhorn HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Sara Rahmanzai, Gretna HS (Premier 18 Black)
McKenna Kirkpatrick, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 17 Gold)

All-Class Class C-1 Honorable Mention
Sydney Clarkson, Omaha Concordia HS (Premier 16 Gold)

All-Class Class C-2 Honorable Mention
Alexis Villwok, Fremont Bergan HS (Premier 16 Black)

All-Metro Volleyball Honorable Mention
Katie Imig, Bellevue West HS (Premier 18 Black)
Isabella Siciunas, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Kierra Harder, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Sophia Siciunas, Millard North HS (Premier 17 Black)
Mady Bridwell, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Black)
Audrey Keim, Millard South HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Missouri Western University
Isabella Siciunas, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Bridget Peterson, Millard West HS (Premier 16 Gold)
Sydney Stockfleth, Millard West HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Ellie McDonnell, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Steph Gaston, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 16 Gold) - Creighton University
Sydney Fitzgibbons, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 15 Gold)
Taylor Crandall, Papillion LaVista South HS (Premier 17 Gold)

All-Area Volleyball Honorable Mention
Nicole Skovsende, Elkhorn HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Sara Rahmanzai, Gretna HS (Premier 18 Black)
Sydney Clarkson, Omaha Concordia HS (Premier 16 Gold)
McKenna Kirkpatrick, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 17 Gold)

NCPA Academic All-State
Katie Imig, Bellevue West HS (Premier 18 Black)
Josie Givens, Elkhorn South HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Isabella Siciunas, Millard North HS (Premier 18 Gold)
Leigh Hanson, Millard North HS (Premier 17 Black)
Audrey Keim, Millard South HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Missouri Western University
Andie Hanus, Omaha Marian HS (Premier 17 Gold) - University of Missouri
Alyssa Woodman, Omaha Skutt HS (Premier 17 Gold)
Jess Peters, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Ellie McDonnell, Papillion LaVista HS (Premier 18 Gold)

Final High School Volleyball Leaders
Lauryn Hilger, Millard South - Class A Kills (Premier 17 Gold) - Northwestern College
Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Kills (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Alyssa Woodman, Omaha Skutt HS - Class B Kills (Premier 17 Gold)
Nicole Skovsende, Elkhorn HS - Class B Kills (Premier 17 Gold)
Averey Yaksich, Omaha Concordia HS - Omaha-Area Kills (Premier 16 Gold)
Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Hitting % (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Kelsey O'Connell, Marian HS - Class A Hitting % (Premier 18 Gold)
Mackenzie Puckett, Grand Island HS - Class A Hitting % (Premier 18 Gold)
McKenna Kirkpatrick, Omaha Skutt HS - Class B Hitting % (Premier 17 Gold)
Sara Rahmanzai, Gretna HS - Class B Hitting % (Premier 18 Black)
Averey Yaksich, Omaha Concordia HS - Omaha-Area Hitting % (Premier 16 Gold)
Mady Bridwell, Millard North HS - Class A Aces (Premier 18 Black)
Elena Melendez, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Aces (Premier 18 Gold) - Drake University
Averey Yaksich, Omaha Concordia HS - Omaha-Area Aces (Premier 16 Gold)
Jess Peters, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Set Assists (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Taylor Crandall, Papillion LaVista South HS - Class A Set Assists (Premier 17 Gold)
Mady Bridwell, Millard North HS - Class A Set Assists (Premier 18 Black)
Priscilla O'Dowd, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Blocks (Premier 18 Gold) - Midland University
Lauryn Hilger, Millard South - Class A Blocks (Premier 17 Gold) - Northwestern College
Steph Gaston, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Blocks (Premier 16 Gold) - Creighton University
McKenna Kirkpatrick, Omaha Skutt HS - Class B Blocks (Premier 17 Gold)
Libby Koukol, Millard North - Class A Digs (Premier 18 Gold)
Audrey Keim, Millard South HS - Class A Digs (Premier 18 Gold) - Missouri Western University
Ellie McDonnell, Papillion LaVista HS - Class A Digs (Premier 18 Gold)

More awards to be posted. If we missed anyone we apologize. Pease e-mail premier_vb@yahoo.com.

Premier Athletes named to 2015 Nebraska All-Star List

Posted on December 5, 2014

Congrats to our Class of 2015 athletes, Kelsey O'Connell, MH (Omaha Marian), Priscilla O'Dowd, MH (Papillion-La Vista / Midland University), Jessica Peters, S (Papillion-La Vista / Midland University) and Sara Rahmanzai, MH (Gretna), who were named to the 2015 Nebraska Coaches Association Girls' Volleyball All-Stars list.

The 32nd Annual NCA Girls' Volleyball Match will be played Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at Lincoln North Star High School. It will be televised live on NET TV.

Position Specific Training

Posted November 26th, 2014 (Updated December 8th)

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.

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

- Position Training: Position Training Registration NOTE: The time slot for 14u athletes have been updated.

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 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!

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.

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/ Kelsey Husak

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/ Emmy Splichal

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.

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.