DALLAS, Texas, April 1, 2021 - American star
Jordan Larson dominated the inaugural season of
the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball League, the
newest professional league in the United States.
The 34-year-old outside hitter Larson was
crowned the first-ever league champion when the
inaugural season of the five-week event was
concluded in Dallas.
The Athletes Unlimited League uses a unique
system in which players earn points for
successful actions during matches such as kills,
digs and aces, and lose points if they make
errors in those same skills. Additional points
are given to the match winners and to the three
Most Valuable Players of each match.
A two-time Olympic silver medalist and a 2014
world champion, Larson ended the season with a
comfortable lead as the American registered a
total of 4,569 points over the course of the
five weeks and 15 matches she played.
Dominican star Bethania De La Cruz finished
second with 3,690 while Canadian setter Brie
King ranked third with 3,675. Puerto Rican Aury
Cruz was next with 3,582 points.
Larson was the top scorer of the first and
fourth weeks of the event with 1,021 and 1,205
points respectively. She was fourth in Week 2
with 807, fifth in Week 3 with 824 and sixth in
Week 5 with 712.
She also saw the teams she played for win 11 of
their 15 matches over the course of the
tournament. New teams were formed by the 45
players who took part in the league every week
and the top four performers of the previous week
were tasked with drafting their teammates.
Puerto Rican libero Nomaris Velez Agosto was
also awarded for her individual performance as
she was voted by the players and members of the
Unlimited Club the Defensive Player of the Year.
She earned a total of 2,434 points.