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Ontario, CA — Ontario Matadors was in the process of forming its team this past Christmas. Finally, Ontario Matadors signed contract with NVA League on January 3rd, 2020. The team owners are Cesar Estrada, President, and Natasha Mills-Nales, General Manager. The club is located in San Bernardino County, California. 

The mission is to impact the growing boys athletes community in the most positive way by teaching them, and providing the opportunity to enjoy the sport. The vision is to expose the opportunity that the sport would bring to boys and young men. 

Ontario Matadors is composed by 15 players, with the goal of having 20 players by the beginning of the season. Going forward they will be introduce to the public so everyone knows a little more of themselves. Ontario Matadors has a mix of nationalities and experiences working together from coaches to players. Therefore, they expected to be the key point of their success.  

Follow Ontario Matadors @matadorsnvausa on Instagram, @OntarioMatadors on Facebook and Twitter. They can be contact by email: matadorsnvausa@gmail.com


As the NVA continues to grow in size and stature, so too does the diversity of the teams that are in the league. The Matadors, in particular, is a very diverse team in both age and ethnicity, based out of Ontario in Southern California. We wanted to dive into the history of the team, what they have been up to, and the goals that they are setting for themselves to succeed in the upcoming season. To understand these different aspects, we sat down with Natasha Mills-Nales, the General Manager of the Matadors, and asked her a few questions. 

In discussing the goals of the Matadors this upcoming season, Natasha explained that as a first-year squad, it is all about establishing the team and creating consistency, both on and off the court. The Matadors want to focus on, “building a strong and complete team that focuses on moral values on and off the court,” according to Natasha. Obviously, the Matadors want to compete and go to the finals, but there is also more to them than just winning, they want to build a family. Natasha went on to mention that, “it is important to recruit complete athletes and grow strong roots in our region, ultimately connecting us with our community.” She proceeds by telling of the importance of, “connecting with young players in the region and developing a solid pipeline of talent to increase our chances of winning in the future.” 

With understanding the importance of the idea of a team serving as a ‘family’ to the Matadors, it’s natural to see how they were looking this upcoming season from a roster standpoint. One player that Natasha points out as an exceptional player is 6’4 outside hitter Nick DeVries, who is a hometown hero for the city of Ontario. Natasha boasts his excellent work ethic, skill, and strength in the weightroom. She describes DeVries as a, “key player in the NVA in the 2020 season if he continues with his work ethic”. 

After pointing out some key talent, Natasha went on to talk about a quick history of the Matadors. She explains that the team was formed on fairly quick notice, which resulted in a variety of ages, nationalities, and skill levels. Something, she claims, you can’t find anywhere else in the NVA. It is this unique mix, Natasha says, that makes the team special. “The variety of mindsets is what helps make this team special, and it adds another sense of character to our already very close team,” she states. The Matadors believe that these wide range of character differences are only going to contribute to the success of the team, and give them a competitive advantage on the court. 

Follow Natasha and the Matadors on their journey to the championship here: https://www.instagram.com/matadorsnvausa/


The Matadors boast numerous players on their roster with interesting backgrounds and varying takes on the game of volleyball. One of these players in particular is Elvis Minyakov. We were able to sit down with, and ask him some questions on his background and all things volleyball.


Elvis is a 6’6 Opposite hitter for the Matadors and is known for his fast pace offensive attacks and relentless defense. He has also experienced a unique journey to the NVA. “I was born in Estonia, but moved here to the U.S when I was relatively young” he stated. Elvis went on to mention his observations on the differences between volleyball in the US compared to Europe. “A couple years back I did a tour with USA volleyball to Italy where we got to play a lot of international teams” he explained, “The energy and speed of the game is so different, Europeans are also so much more emotional compared Americans and I love it, that’s why I love having foreigners on my team as it adds another intensity to practice and games” said Minyakov.

He expressed his thoughts on the creation of the NVA, a domestic volleyball league, stating that this league was, “a long time coming” and much deserved here in the United States. He shares the same feelings with most individuals in the volleyball community in respect to the formation of a league here, and the overall growth of the game.


In talking about his specific team and playing with the Matadors, Elvis explained, “It is an exciting experience, and just the fact I get to share the love of the game with my teammates makes going to practice worth it every single day.” He went on to mention what the Matadors mean to the city of Ontario, and the Inland Empire in general, “It means a lot, for a long time volleyball has been centered around coastal California, but to see it make its way inland and thrive here as well is a great thing” he stated. The Matadors are excited about having Elvis on their roster, and they hope the big lefty opposite can make an immediate impact playing in the NVA.


Follow Elvis and the Matadors on the journey herehttps://www.instagram.com/matadorsnvausa/

As the NVA continues to grow in size and stature, so too does the diversity of the teams that are in the league. The Matadors, in particular, is a very diverse team in both age and ethnicity, based out of Ontario in Southern California. We wanted to dive into the history of the team, what they have been up to, and the goals that they are setting for themselves to succeed in the upcoming season. To understand these different aspects, we sat down with Natasha Mills-Nales, the General Manager of the Matadors, and asked her a few questions.


In discussing the goals of the Matadors this upcoming season, Natasha explained that as a first-year squad, it is all about establishing the team and creating consistency, both on and off the court. The Matadors want to focus on, “building a strong and complete team that focuses on moral values on and off the court,” according to Natasha. Obviously, the Matadors want to compete and go to the finals, but there is also more to them than just winning, they want to build a family. Natasha went on to mention that, “it is important to recruit complete athletes and grow strong roots in our region, ultimately connecting us with our community.” She proceeds by telling of the importance of, “connecting with young players in the region and developing a solid pipeline of talent to increase our chances of winning in the future.”

With understanding the importance of the idea of a team serving as a ‘family’ to the Matadors, it’s natural to see how they were looking this upcoming season from a roster standpoint. One player that Natasha points out as an exceptional player is 6’4 outside hitter Nick DeVries, who is a hometown hero for the city of Ontario. Natasha boasts his excellent work ethic, skill, and strength in the weightroom. She describes DeVries as a, “key player in the NVA in the 2020 season if he continues with his work ethic”.


After pointing out some key talent, Natasha went on to talk about a quick history of the Matadors. She explains that the team was formed on fairly quick notice, which resulted in a variety of ages, nationalities, and skill levels. Something, she claims, you can’t find anywhere else in the NVA. It is this unique mix, Natasha says, that makes the team special. “The variety of mindsets is what helps make this team special, and it adds another sense of character to our already very close team,” she states. The Matadors believe that these wide range of character differences are only going to contribute to the success of the team, and give them a competitive advantage on the court.


Follow Natasha and the Matadors on their journey to the championship here:https://www.instagram.com/matadorsnvausa/

WINS LOSSES ATTEMPTS P. PASS % ERROR % IN-SYSTEM %
0 0 0 0% 0% 0%

LAST MATCH Nov 07, 2020

Matadors

Team Freedom

LOSS WIN
(0:3)

22-25 | 19-25 | 17-25 | |

TEAM MEMBERS
#17 Middle Blocker
#5 Middle Blocker
#16 Outside Hitter
#6 Outside Hitter
#10 Libero
#2 Outside Hitter
#8 Middle Blocker
#14 Middle Blocker
#7 Libero
#11 Libero
#20 Outside Hitter
#1 Middle Blocker
#9 Outside Hitter
#12 Setter
#15 Opposite
#3 Setter
#4 Outside Hitter
#18 Opposite
STAFF
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