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FIVB World League Tickets for USA-Russia on Sale

March 08, 2010, 12:18 p.m. (ET)

BJ Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

Copy By: Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 8, 2010) – Tickets for the two FIVB World League matches between the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team and Russia to be held July 9 and July 10 at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan., have gone on sale as of the morning of March 8.

The July 9 match will be at 7 p.m. The July 10 match will be at 6 p.m.

The U.S. Men are ranked No. 2 in the world, while Russia is ranked No. 3 by the FIVB.

Tickets are available by going to the www.goshockers.com or by calling 316-978-3267.

All-session reserved seat tickets are $40, while general admission all-session tickets are $25. Individual match tickets are $25 in reserved seating, $15 for adult general admission, $10 for military general admission and $8 for general admission youth (18 and under).

The U.S. Men also played FIVB World League matches last year in Wichita as it swept Netherlands twice at Koch Arena. The two matches attracted an average of 4,650 fans.

Russia finished third in the 2009 FIVB World League behind winner Brazil and second-place Serbia. The U.S. Men placed sixth in 2009, one year after winning the event heading into the Olympic Games.

The FIVB World League is an elite, annual international volleyball competition in which the world’s best teams are placed into four pools of four teams and play an Intercontinental Round for six consecutive weekends from June 4 to July 10. Each country’s team has a home-and-home series with the other three teams in its pool. Winners from each pool qualify for the Final Round held 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.

The U.S. Men will also play No. 14 Egypt and No. 30 Finland during pool play. The Americans face Egypt on home soil on June 18 and June 19 at Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C. Team USA plays Finland at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on June 25 and June 26.

U.S. Men’s 2010 FIVB World League Schedule

Date: June 4-5
Opponent: Russia
Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia

Date: June 11-12
Opponent: Finland
Location: Tampere, Finland

Date: June 18-19 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C.

Date: June 25-26 (7 p.m. both days)
Opponent: Finland
Location: Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Date: July 2-3
Opponent: Egypt
Location: Cairo, Egypt

Date: July 9 at 7 p.m.; July 10 at 6 p.m.
Opponent: Russia
Location: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan.

FIVB World League Final Round (must qualify)
Date: July 21-25
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

2010 FIVB World League Pools

Group A
Brazil
Bulgaria
Netherlands
Korea

Group B
Serbia
Italy
France
China

Group C
Russia
USA
Finland
Egypt

Group D
Argentina
Cuba
Poland
Germany

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