USA Volleyball Announces Domestic Championship Event Schedule for 2009

Sept. 11, 2008, 5:40 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 11, 2008) - USA Volleyball is pleased to announce its championship events schedule for the 2009 season, which includes the largest international elite volleyball tournament to be held on United States soil.

The USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships will run concurrently with the Eighth Annual Women's Pan American Cup starting June 26 in the city of Miami, Fla. The USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships will be staged at the Miami Beach Convention Center between June 26 and July 5. The nine-day Pan American Cup, which will be played on the campuses of the University of Miami and Florida International University, crowns its champion on July 4.

Miami will be hosting its first USA Volleyball Championship in either Junior Olympic or Adult Open formats. However, USA Volleyball hosted the 2008 NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship at Florida International University in August. In addition, neighboring Fort Lauderdale has hosted the 2006 and 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championship, and it will again host the 2009 event at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center between July 22-26. Overall, the Miami-metro area has gained favorable reviews as a host for major junior-level volleyball events involving international teams.

"USA Volleyball is extremely excited about the opportunity to host one of the largest international volleyball events in Miami and to pair it with the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships," USA Volleyball Chief Executive Officer Doug Beal said. "It will provide a unique opportunity for our developing young volleyball players to be exposed to elite international volleyball teams from North America, South America and the Caribbean. The two events will also generate terrific excitement in the community and lead to greater popularity for the sport."

"We are delighted with the partnership and support already given by the Miami Sports Commission, University of Miami and Florida International University in making these two events spectacular," USA Volleyball Managing Director of Events Mike Chandler said.

USA Volleyball is hosting its first-ever Women's Pan American Cup, which serves as a qualifying event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The event, which will tentatively have three of the four semifinalists from the 2008 Olympic Games, is the largest international volleyball event hosted by USA Volleyball in terms of country participation. Brazil won the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal by defeating silver medalist USA in the title match, while three-time Olympic Games gold medalist Cuba finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic Games. All three teams are currently ranked in the top four in the current FIVB World Rankings.

Team USA has not hosted a women's senior-level international tournament since the 1998 FIVB World Championship Qualifier tournament in 1998. Due to international scheduling and professional league commitments, matches on domestic soil have become a rarity with only seven contests against foreign teams in the most recent Olympic quadrennial (2005-2008).

The USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships qualifying process will have a slightly different look in 2009 as it expands from nine to 10 qualifying events. The Sho-Me Qualifier, set for April 3-5 in Kansas City, has been added to the slate of qualifying tournament options. All 10 qualifiers will have Open, National and American Division bids with specific bid totals available later in the qualifier bid manual.

The USA Junior Olympic Boys' Volleyball Championships will be held July 1-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The city also hosted the 2007 USA Junior Olympic Boys' Volleyball Championship, as well as the 2003 and 2006 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championship and the 2004 and 2008 USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships. Bid Tournament dates for the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Boys' Volleyball Championships will be announced later this year.

The USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships will be held May 23-30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Open Division, along with AA, A, 45-and-over, 55-and-over and Men's 65-and-over, runs May 23-26. Co-Ed Regular BB/B and Special Olympics bracket championships will be settled May 23-24. Women's 65-and-over and Men's 75-and-over will take place May 24-26. Men's U-Volley, Women's U-Volley and Co-Ed Reverse BB/B are scheduled for May 25-26. Women's 70-and-over flight will be held May 27-29, while Women's 60-and-over will be held the same dates but could be extended May 27-30 depending if enough registrations are processed. Divisions BB, B, 40-and-over, 50-and-over, Men's 60-and-over and Men's 70-and-over take place May 27-30.

The City of Lakes hosted the USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships in 2003, along with the 2006 USA Junior Olympic Boys' Volleyball Championships and the 2007 USA Junior Olympic Girls' Volleyball Championships.

FIVB World League home dates and sites for the U.S. Men's National Team will be announced at a later date.

USA Volleyball National Qualifier Schedule for USA Junior Olympic Girls Volleyball Championships

Event: Hoosier Mid East Qualifier
Dates:
March 6-8, 2009 (16C, 16O, 17C, 17O, 18c and 18O) - Site TBA
Dates: March 27-29, 2009 (12C, 13C, 14C, 14O, 15C and 15O) - Site TBA
Contact: Qualifier Staff
Phone: (317) 839-5222
Fax: (317) 839-5318
 
Event: Colorado Crossroads - Denver, Colo.
Dates:
March 14-16, 2009 (Divisions TBA)
Dates: March 20-22, 2009 (Divisions TBA)
Contact: Front Range Staff
Phone: (303) 770-9435

Event: Pacific Northwest Qualifier - Spokane, Wash.
Dates:
March 20-22, 2009 (12C, 13C, 14C, 14O, 15C and 15O)
Dates: March 27-29, 2009 (16C, 16O, 17C, 17O, 18C and 18O)
Contact: April Stark
Phone: (509) 235-6285

Event: Southern California Qualifier - Anaheim, Calif.
Dates:
March 20-22, 2009 (Divisions TBA)
Dates: April 3-5, 2009 (Divisions TBA)
Contact: Ann Davenport
Phone: (714) 917-3595 Fax: (714) 917-3596
 
Events: Big South Qualifier - Atlanta, Ga.
Dates:
April 3-5, 2009 (All Ages)
Contact: Lauri Dagostino
Phone: (813) 837-8115 Fax: (813) 837-1190
 
Event: Sho-Me Qualifier - Kansas City, Mo.
Dates:
April 3-5, 2009 (All Ages)
Contact: USA Volleyball
Phone: (719) 228-6800 Fax: (719) 228-6899
 
Event: NorthEast National Qualifier - Baltimore, Md.
Dates:
April 10-12, 2009 (12C, 13C, 14C, 14O, 15C, 15O, & 16O)
Dates: April 17-19, 2009 (16C, 17C, 17O, 18C, 18O)
Contact: Julie Rife
Phone: (717) 764-6229
Fax: (717) 764-7076
 
Event: Lone Star Classic - Dallas, Texas
Dates:
April 10-12, 2009 (16C, 16O, 17C, 17O, 18C, 18O)
Dates: April 17-19, 2009 (12C, 13C, 14C, 14O, 15C, 15O)
Contact: Evan Bouilly
Phone: (512) 479-8776 ext. 223 Fax: (512) 479-0080
 
Event: Northern Lights Qualifier - Minneapolis, Minn.
Dates:
April 17-19, 2009 (12C, 13C, 16C, 16O, 17C, 17O, 18C and 18O)
Dates: April 24-26, 2009 (14C, 14O, 15C, and 15O)
Contact: Northern Lights Staff
Phone: (952) 808-0110 Fax: (952) 808-0111
 
Event: Far Western Qualifier - Reno, Nev.
Dates:
April 18-20, 2009 (12C, 13C, 14C, 14O, 15C)
Dates: April 24-26, 2009 (15O, 16C, 16O, 17C, 17O, 18C and 18O)
Contact: Donna Donaghy
Phone: (415) 550-7582
Fax: (415) 550-7762

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