National Volleyball League Midwest Championships Finals Preview

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The final day of the National Volleyball League (NVL) Midwest Championships will open with No. 4 seed Mike DiPierro & Jon Mesko trying to redeem themselves against No. 12 seed Skyler McCoy & Mark Williams after being defeated by the underdog team last week in the Milwaukee Championships finale. With McCoy and Williams clearly syncing on the court, it’s anyone’s guess which team will move on to the semi-finals and face the winner of No. 2 seed Andrew Russell & Travis Schoonover and No. 3 seed Dave Palm & Eric Zaun.

In the men’s contender’s bracket, it’s No. 5 seed Skylar DelSol & Jeff Samuels versus No. 11 seed Brandon Joyner & Drew Mallin, and No. 12 seed Martin Caban & Gregor Lah versus No. 6 seed Andrew Hinchey & Ryan Vandenburg.

In women’s action, No. 1 seed Kristen Batt-Rohr & Priscilla Piantadosi-Lima will try to avoid an upset against No. 13 seed Meghan Mannari & Taylor Nyquist. No. 3 seed Kim Hildreth & Karolina Sowala will have to overcome the reigning Milwaukee champs, No. 10 seed Vivian Cunha & Raquel Ferreira.

Battling to get back into the winner’s bracket, No. 5 seed Molly Menard & Michelle Williams will take on No. 9 seed Lauren Dickson & Jayna Duke, and No. 4 seed Chara Harris & Brittany Tiegs face No. 11 seed Anne Osburn & Megan Rice.

NVL RIZE, the National Volleyball League’s official amateur series, will also host its finals on Saturday, taking place on center court before and after the pro women’s finals.

Saturday July 18, 2015

8:00am – Quarter & Semi-Finals

9:30am – 1:00pm – NVL RIZE Playoffs

1:00pm – NVL Pro Autograph Session

3:00pm – NVL Pro Women’s Finals

4:00pm – NVL RIZE Finals

4:30pm – NVL Pro Men’s Finals

*Finals times subject to change

Tickets are available for purchase here and at local Menards locations. Center court matches will be aired live at 9 am EST for free at The official tournament hashtag is #NVLMIDWEST.

The Midwest Championships is one of eight professional events on the NVL calendar in 2015. Remaining tournaments include:

August 6-8: Hermosa Beach Championships – Hermosa Beach Pier – Hermosa Beach, CA

August 28-30: Seattle Championships – Alki Beach – Seattle, Wash.

September 24-26: Players Championships – Club Med Sandpiper Bay/NVL Volleyball Academies – Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The NVL is currently sponsored by Australian Gold, Bud Light, Club Med, Gatorade, Menards, Mikasa Sports, The ONE Group, and Polaroid.

For more information about the NVL, please visit:, view the 2015 sizzle reel or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. NVL’s VB Soul magazine may be viewed here.

About National Volleyball League

Established in 2010, the NVL is a professional beach volleyball league built by players for all players, united in one mission: to create a sustainable future for pro beach volleyball in the U.S. Home to eight professional events in 2015, a grassroots series, and the NVL Club Med Beach Volleyball Academy, the NVL is the only national platform for current professionals and players of all levels to showcase their talents and pursue their aspirations in the sport. With sand volleyball now a sanctioned high school sport, the NCAA’s fastest-growing emerging sport in history with 50 schools sponsoring it as of January 2015 and a Division 1 approved championship, the NVL is building the infrastructure for young players to achieve their dreams.