Last year’s NVA Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah, was one for the books, marking a critical transformation of the league and professional volleyball in the United States. While sports leagues worldwide struggled to transform under mandatory shutdowns during the pandemic, professional athletes’ greatness still showed through as they all adapted to new challenges. Whether training from home, moving to new countries to find safer locations to play and even spending weeks in a bubble, players have chased their dreams of being a champion. In that regard, the NVA has significantly benefited this year as US players who typically have been overseas playing were back stateside for the restart of the 2020 Season.
One such spectacular LBSU alumni who put on quite the performance last year was none other than Las Vegas Rambler’s Middle, Antwain Aguillard. Outside of those on the USA Men’s National team Antwain by far has been one of the best American players to grace the collegiate and international world of volleyball in the last decade. Having fantastic agility and a spring-loaded 12 foot plus vertical touch has allowed him to be a dream middle for any team. He’s been able to prove that time and time again, with his most recent accolade coming from winning the NVA All-Tournament Middle Blocker and pushing the Vegas Ramblers to a third-place finish.
Starting his collegiate career at Long Beach City College, he led the team to a state championship as a sophomore and a third-place finish in the state tournament as a freshman. Was named California Community College Men’s Volleyball State Player of the Year, Western States Conference Player of the Year, and first-team All-Western States Conference. His success carried over into his time as Long Beach State 49er as the team took a 3rd place finish in the MPSF Conference. He was the team’s best blocker and carried a deadly scoring and hitting percentage that earned him an all MPSF Third Team nomination his senior year. Just this last year, he was selected for the Team Americana in the Off the Block Games for the world’s best region in college men’s for his 2011 All-American nomination and being the 2011 National Blocker of the Year finalist.
Since College, Antwain has played in the world’s premier volleyball leagues with the German Bundesliga, the Italian Serie A1 Division, French Ligue B, Romanian Divisia A1, Finland, and now the NVA. He’s also won the French Liga Championship in 2017/18 and third in the Finish Cup, going on with the team to compete in the CEV Champions League and Cup. He even played together with LA Blaze Middle Blocker Greg Faulkner while with CS Banatul Caransebeş în România. His accolades and performance have ranked him in the top 6,000 volleyball players in the world on the Volleyball database for professional men’s athletes. Antwain has had the ultimate experience that many American players dream of having when they imagine playing the most outstanding volleyball the world has ever seen.
The NVA and American professional volleyball are blessed to have Aguillard back playing on home soil and leading his hometown team with the Ramblers. The Rambler’s run for the championships this year will surely be amazing to watch. If you want to stay up to date with Antwain (@antwain_aguillard), The Vegas Ramblers (@ramblersnvausa), and the NVA (@nvausa), make sure to follow them on Instagram to get weekly media updates. As always, fans can catch reruns of the Rambler’s games during the 2020 Championship and live-stream coverage of this year’s events starting April 23rd-25th on the NVA’s YouTube page.