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Utah, Minnesota and Washington to Host 2006 World League Matches

Jan. 12, 2006, 12 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release
Jan. 12, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - World-class volleyball will be on display in Utah, Minnesota and Washington later this summer as the World League returns to the United States for the first time since 2001, USA Volleyball announced Thursday.

The USA Men's National Volleyball Team will play its 2006 World League "home" matches in the northern state cities of West Valley City, Utah; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Spokane, Wash. Dates, times and ticket information for all of the matches in the United States will be announced at a later date.

Last September, Team USA - absent from the World League for each of the last four years - was selected from a group of 19 candidates vying for the esteemed slots, which will expand from 12 to 16 teams in 2006.

The 16 World League teams are divided into four pools of four teams each. Each team will play the other three teams in its pool four times in the preliminary phase - twice at home and twice away - over the course of six weekends from July 14-Aug. 20 (two matches each weekend).

The Americans will be a member of Pool A along with Japan, Poland and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Serbia and Montenegro, which has earned medals at each of the last four World Leagues (silver in 2005, bronze in 2004, silver in 2003 and bronze in 2002).

The United States begins pool play at The "E" Center in West Valley City with two matches against Poland on the weekend of July 14-16. The team then travels to Japan for two matches on the weekend of July 21-23.

Team USA will host Japan for two matches at the Target Center in Minneapolis in Week Three (July 28-30) and Serbia and Montenegro twice at Spokane Arena's Star Theatre in Spokane in Week Four (Aug. 4-6).

The USA Men will then be away for the final two weekends of preliminary play against Poland (Aug. 11-13) and Serbia and Montenegro (Aug. 18-20).

The final round, scheduled to take place in Moscow from Aug. 22-28, will feature the top team in each pool, the host team (Russia) and one invited team from the remainder of the field. Should Russia win its pool, the No. 2 team in its pool will also advance to the final round.

CSTV: College Sports Television has partnered with USA Volleyball as the official and exclusive broadcaster of the World League in the United States and will broadcast several matches throughout the season as part of its Olympic Pursuit programming.

2006 WORLD LEAGUE

Team USA's World League Schedule

WEEK ONE
July 14-16 (West Valley City, Utah)
Poland vs. USA

WEEK TWO
July 21-23 (Japan)
Japan vs. USA

WEEK THREE
July 28-30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Japan vs. USA

WEEK FOUR
Aug. 4-6 (Spokane, Wash.)
Serbia and Montenegro vs. USA

WEEK FIVE
Aug. 11-13 (Poland)
Poland vs. USA

WEEK SIX
Aug. 18-20 (Serbia and Montenegro)
Serbia and Montenegro vs. USA

(NOTE: Exact dates and times for all matches will be announced at a later date)

2006 World League Pools

Pool A-Japan, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, USA

Pool B-Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Portugal

Pool C-China, France, Italy, Russia

Pool D-Bulgaria, Cuba, Egypt, Korea

2006 World League Teams (In Order of World Ranking)

1. Brazil
2. Italy
3. Serbia and Montenegro
4. Russia
5. USA
6. France
7. Argentina
8. Poland
11. Korea
12. Cuba
15. Portugal
16. Bulgaria
16. Japan
18. China
21. Egypt
31. Finland

2006 World League Teams (By Zone)

AFRICA (1)
Egypt

ASIA (3)
China
Japan
Korea

EUROPE (8)
Bulgaria
Finland
France
Italy
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Serbia and Montenegro

NORCECA (2)
Cuba
USA

SOUTH AMERICA (2)
Argentina
Brazil

All-Time World League Champions (USA Finish)

1990 - Italy (USA, 7th)
1991 - Italy (USA, 6th)
1992 - Italy (USA, 3rd)
1993 - Brazil (USA, 9th)
1994 - Italy (USA, 12th)
1995 - Italy (USA, 10th)
1996 - Netherlands (USA, DNP)
1997 - Italy (USA, DNP)
1998 - Cuba (USA, DNP)
1999 - Italy (USA, DNP)
2000 - Italy (USA, 6th)
2001 - Brazil (USA, 9th)
2002 - Russia (USA, DNP)
2003 - Brazil (USA, DNP)
2004 - Brazil (USA, DNP)
2005 - Brazil (USA, DNP)

DNP=Did Not Participate

About CSTV

The only digital media company exclusively dedicated to college sports, CSTV Networks, Inc. connects more college sports fans to more college sports than any other media company. Its many platforms for programming distribution include CSTV: College Sports TV and CSTV.com, as well as pay-per-view, broadcast productions, satellite television and radio, in-flight entertainment, wireless networks and more. Further information is available at www.CSTV.com.

Related Links

USA Volleyball
http://www.usavolleyball.org/

CSTV Networks, Inc.
http://www.cstv.com/

The E Center (West Valley City, Utah)
http://www.theecenter.com/

Target Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
http://www.targetcenter.com/

Spokane Arena (Spokane, Wash.)
http://www.spokanearena.com/starPages/index.htm
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