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PFV Match Notes: Columbus Fury (8-13) at San Diego Mojo (10-11)

SERIES NOTES: This is the third meeting between San Diego and Columbus this season. The Mojo won each of the first two meetings. The first match in San Diego went four sets while the Mojo earned a win in five sets on the Fury home court.

The Columbus Fury are one of seven teams taking the court in the inaugural season of
Pro Volleyball Federation.

The Fury boast a roster that features a combined 64-years of professional

The two newest additions to the team, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley and Nikoleta Perović have over 10 years of professional experience. Two players, Megan Courtney Lush and Raymariely Santos have seven-plus years of experience playing internationally.

Columbus’ roster features two Ohio State alums, Valeria León, and Jenaisya Moore, who will once again be playing volleyball in the Buckeye State. The team also features Buckeyes assistant coach, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley who joined the coaching staff in March of 2023.

The Fury join the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and the Columbus Crew (MLS) as the major league teams representing the city.

The team hosted their home opener on Feb. 21 in front of a crowd of 9,165 at Nationwide Arena.

After an 0-2 start, the team won their next three matches behind the strong play of rookie Reagan Cooper. Cooper earned the Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week on 2/27 after totaling 66 points, 58 kills and 33 digs over three matches.

The Fury have been active in player transactions in the last week adding three new players to the roster: Tori Stringer, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, and Nikoleta Perović.

Columbus secured their second Pro Volleyball Federation Player of the Week award on March 26 after Asjia O’Neal totaled 30 kills, two blocks and two aces over two matches while hitting .453. She totaled 34 points for an average of 4.25 points per set

The Fury are still alive in the race for four place and a spot in the postseason playoff. The last two losses have put Columbus in a position where they need to win out to keep their chance alive.

With two wins over San Diego they could even the season series but the team will also likely need San Diego to lose their match against Orlando while also earning a win over Omaha on May 9.

Reagan Cooper has been a force over the last several matches with three-straight matches hitting .478 or better before a drop off in the match against Omaha on May 4.

During the team’s last three-match wining streak, they found consistency and parity with their offense with all of the hitters contributing. Over that stretch, the team won 9 of 11 sets and held opponents to 15 or fewer points in four of their set wins.

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