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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 2, 2010) – The U.S. Men’s National Team – the reigning Olympic gold medalist – will bring its exciting brand of volleyball to three great American cities this summer for the FIVB World League competition.
USA Volleyball has announced that the U.S. Men will play Egypt at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, N.C.; Finland at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Russia at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan., for the 2010 World League.
The FIVB World League is an elite men’s volleyball competition in which the world’s best teams are divided into four pools and play an Intercontinental Round for six straight weekends from June 4 to July 10. Winners from each pool will qualify for the Final Round on July 21-25 in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the host country and the best second-place team in pool play.
The total World League prize purse is more than $20 million, with the winning team collecting a prize of more than $1 million.
After winning the World League for the first time in 2008, the U.S. Men won their pool during the 2009 edition and advanced to the Final Round, where they finished sixth overall.
“This is the fifth straight year that our U.S. Men’s Team will compete in the World League. The fan support and attendance has increased every year,” USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said. “After the Olympics and World Championship, the World League is considered the most important men’s volleyball competition in the world. We are happy to be bringing it back to our supporters in the United States.”
“We had phenomenal fan support in both Wichita and Hoffman Estates last year, so the team and I are really looking forward to returning to those cities,” said U.S. Head Coach Alan Knipe (Huntington Beach, Calif.). “We are also excited about our new stop in Concord, N.C., and bringing U.S. Men’s Volleyball to a new region of the country.”
The U.S. Men, ranked No. 2 in the world by the FIVB, volleyball’s international governing body, will play in Pool C along with Russia (No. 3), Egypt (No. 14) and Finland (No. 30).
Team USA will open World League pool play in Ekaterinburg, Russia on June 4-5, then travel to Tampere, Finland for matches on June 11-12.
The U.S. Men will open domestic World League play with two matches against Egypt on June 18-19 in Concord, just outside of Charlotte (both matches at 7 p.m.). They will move on to Hoffman Estates, outside of Chicago, to play Finland on June 25-26 (both matches at 7 p.m.).
Team USA will hit the road again on July 2-3 for two matches in Cairo, Egypt before returning home for a final faceoff with Russia on July 9 at 7 p.m. and July 10 at 6 p.m. in Wichita.
Ticket information will be available soon. The World League television broadcast station and schedule is also still being determined.
The United States has played in 13 editions of the FIVB World League since 1990. Prior to their 2008 victory, the U.S. Men’s best results were third-place finishes in 1992 and 2007.
The USA Volleyball World League web site is http://usavolleyball.org/events/2878.
The FIVB World League web site is http://www.fivb.org/EN/Volleyball/Competitions/WorldLeague/2010/?Tourn=WL2010.
About USA Volleyball
Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States.
USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 240,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,000 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $11 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and Paralympic Teams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles.
USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game.
About the venues:
Cabarrus Arena and Events Center in Concord, N.C.: The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team will visit the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center for the first time in 2010. Opened in 2002, it is one of the region's newest and most innovative events centers.
“Cabarrus County is thrilled to host the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team and their opponents from Egypt. The Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, in Concord, is a world class facility and an ideal venue for this level of international volleyball competition,” said Donna Carpenter, CEO, Cabarrus County CVB.
The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) web site is www.VisitCabarrus.com.
Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.: The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team will be returning to the Sears Centre Arena for the third straight year in 2010. In 2009, the matches against Italy drew 4,310 on July 10 and 4,183 on July 11. The Sears Centre Arena opened in 2006 and is home to the Chicago Slaughter of the Continental Indoor Football League.
Click here for the arena web site.
Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.: The U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team swept two World League matches from Netherlands at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University in 2009, winning its pool in the process. The matches attracted a crowd of 4,475 on July 17 and 4,825 on July 18. The arena opened in 2003 and is home for the Wichita State basketball and volleyball teams.
“Wichita sports fans loved the World League Volleyball event and we are excited to have them back in 2010,” said Bob Hanson, President/CEO of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. “The USA Volleyball team was great and really appreciated the fan support they received here.”
Visit www.gowichita.com for more information on Wichita, Kan.
2010 World League Pools
U.S. Men’s 2010 World League Schedule
Date: June 4-5
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia
Date: June 11-12
Location: Tampere, Finland
Date: June 18-19 (7 p.m. both days)
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.
Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. both days)
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Date: July 2-3
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Date: July 9 at 7 p.m.; July 10 at 6 p.m.
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.
World League Final Round (must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Year: Winner (U.S. finish)
1990: Italy (USA, fourth in pool)
1991: Italy (USA, third in pool)
1992: Italy (USA, first in pool, third overall)
1993: Brazil (USA, fifth in pool)
1994: Italy (USA, fourth in pool)
1995: Italy (USA, fourth in pool)
1996: Netherlands (USA, DNP)
1997: Italy (USA, DNP)
1998: Cuba (USA, DNP)
1999: Italy (USA, DNP)
2000: Italy (USA, first in pool, sixth overall)
2001: Brazil (USA, third in pool, tied-ninth overall)
2002: Russia (USA, DNP)
2003: Brazil (USA, DNP)
2004: Brazil (USA, DNP)
2005: Brazil (USA, DNP)
2006: Brazil (USA, third in pool, 10th overall)
2007: Brazil (USA, first in pool, third overall)
2008: USA (USA first in pool)
2009: Brazil (USA first in pool, sixth overall)