UCF Arena to Host Women’s World Championship Qualifier

May 22, 2009, 5:52 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 22, 2009) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce University of Central Florida and UCF Arena, located in Orlando, Fla., as its host site for NORCECA’s FIVB Women’s World Championship Pool G qualification tournament set for July 6-8.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is currently ranked second in the world by FIVB and captured the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Although the Team USA roster has not been determined at this time for the qualifier event, a handful of 2008 Olympians are likely to compete for the Americans as they attempt to qualify for the 2010 FIVB World Championship held Oct. 29 to Nov. 14 in various cities throughout Japan.

Pool G is a four-team, round-robin event played over three consecutive days at UCF Arena. Along with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Costa Rica and two teams yet to advance will comprise the four-team pool. The pool winner will advance to the 2010 FIVB World Championship next fall.

Match times will be 5 p.m. ET and 7:30 p.m. ET, with the United States playing the second match each day. In addition to the matches, Team USA and UCF volleyball coaching staffs will hold a pre-match clinic involving chalk talk and skills demonstration.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission day pass or $16 for general admission day pass along with pre-match clinic. A general admission tournament pass for all six matches plus the pre-match clinics can be purchased for $43. Premium seating, including reserved center court club seats, pre-match clinic, access to Black and Gold Club, dinner buffet and post-event meet-and-greet with Team USA, costs $40 for a day pass and $100 for the tournament pass of all six matches.

“University of Central Florida and UCF Arena are proud to serve as the host location for this world-class event involving the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team,” said Global Spectrum’s Lexie Boone, General Manager of UCF Arena. “This tournament is a great opportunity to showcase our community to high-level volleyball, as well as being part of a World Championship title run.”

Match tickets can be purchased through the UCF Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at (407) 839-3900 or online at www.ucfarena.com. Discounted team and group packages are available by contacting Stan Macko at (407) 823-6062 or at smacko@mail.ucf.edu.

Based on rankings, the U.S. and Costa Rica advanced directly to the third round NORCECA Pool G of FIVB World Championship qualification. The winner of NORCECA Pool D and the second-place finisher in NORCECA Pool C will round out Pool G field. Pool D, hosted by Barbados June 10-14, includes Barbados, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Haiti and St. Lucia. Pool C, hosted by Trinidad & Tobago June 2-6, consists of Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Suriname and Netherlands Antilles.

For the full qualification schedule and early round results, visit the FIVB Web site at click here.