Stamford Volleyball Association (SVA) is a non-profit organization that originated in 2006 in Stamford, CT by Alisher Nurullaev and Leonard Linnet. The purpose of the organization is to promote the sport of volleyball within local communitities. The organization has a diverse group of players and coaches representing various countries from around the world.
Co-Founder, Alisher Nurullaev of Moscow, Russia, moved to the United States at the age of 17 and organized a volleyball team that primarily included Russian athletes. This group was known as Russian American Horizons Inc.(RAHI) and they participated in many USA Sanctioned Volleyball Tournaments including GEVA Regionals and the US Open National Championships. As the network of players expanded, so did the diversity within the group. At this point in time, Nurullaev meant Leonard Linnet from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and decided to form the organization. From then on SVA has been entering teams in tournaments as well as running leagues and tournaments throughout the Tri-State area.
In 2012, Beth McCanney, originally from Upstate, NY, took over as managing director for the organization. She has been busy expanding SVA, including forming a woman's team for the first time to represent the organization. The woman's SVA team traveled to Bermuda to play against the Bermudian Woman's National team in April 2013 and brought home the gold medal as well as going undefeated in tournament play. McCanney has also introduced woman's 6s tournaments and leagues to the communities in the Tri-State area. Her vision for 2013-2014 is to expand SVA by reaching out to the younger athletes and focusing on youth clinics and camps in the hopes of creating a stronger community of volleyball players for the future.