COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.
- Volleyball fans, mark your calendars! The dates and times for the USA Men's National Volleyball Team's 2006 World League matches in the United States have been finalized, USA Volleyball announced Thursday.
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.
Team USA will play its 2006 World League "home" matches in the northern state cities of West Valley City, Utah; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Spokane, Wash.
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 Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. (Mountain Time). 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 on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. (MT). In Week Four, the Americans play host to Serbia and Montenegro twice at Spokane Arena's Star Theatre in Spokane on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. (Pacific Time).
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).
Ticket information for the matches in Utah, Minnesota and Washington will be announced at a later date.
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
July 14 and 15 (West Valley City, Utah)
Poland vs. USA (7 p.m. Mountain Time)
July 21-23 (Japan)
Japan vs. USA
July 29 and 30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Japan vs. USA (7 p.m. Mountain Time)
Aug. 4 and 5 (Spokane, Wash.)
Serbia and Montenegro vs. USA (8 p.m. Pacific Time)
Aug. 11-13 (Poland)
Poland vs. USA
Aug. 18-20 (Serbia and Montenegro)
Serbia and Montenegro vs. USA
(NOTE: Dates and times for Team USA's overseas 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