Louisville Phoenix Selected to Host 2013 2014 USAV Open National Championships

By Bill Kauffman | Feb. 23, 2012, 12 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Communications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

Copy by: Courtney Nelson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 23, 2012) - USA Volleyball has awarded the 2013 and 2014 USA Volleyball Open National Championships to the Cities of Louisville, Ky., and Phoenix, respectively, as announced at the USA Volleyball Annual Meetings. The Pioneer Region will serve as host for the 2013 event, while the Arizona Region will be host in 2014.

With an estimated 550-plus teams and 6,000-plus players arriving into the host city, the USA Volleyball Open National Championships are projected to occupy more than 12,000 room nights at area hotels.

USA Volleyball, founded in 1928, will showcase its USA Volleyball Open National Championships for the 84th year from May 24-29 at the Louisville Exposition Center, while the 85th USA Volleyball Open National Championships will be held May 23-28 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Except for 1943 and 1944 during the height of World War II, the Open has been a mainstay celebrating adult volleyball nationally. The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the Open has featured the sport of volleyball from coast-to-coast.

Louisville has hosted several USA Volleyball national championship events, including the 1937 USA Volleyball Open National Championships. Louisville hosted the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Invitational Championships in 2002 and 2005. The USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships were also held there in 2000, 2002 and 2005.

“While Louisville has been a great host of many wonderful volleyball events in the past, we are excited to return to Louisville with a USAV National Championship event,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said.

Anyone in search of an adventure in Louisville would enjoy a day trip to Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave in the world. The home city of the Kentucky Derby has much history about the horse race. An outing with the kids could include trips to the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Louisville also offers a variety of elegant cuisine, as well as comfort foods to meet everybody’s tastes.

Phoenix has previously hosted other USA Volleyball events, including the 2010 USA Volleyball Open National Championships for adults. Phoenix hosted the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships in 2001 and 2003. In addition, the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Invitational Championships were held there in 2003.

“Phoenix hosted the largest USA Volleyball Open National Championships in our history,” Pingel said. “It was a great event in 2010 and look forward to an ever better experience for all in 2014.”

Phoenix boasts some of the most beautiful sight seeing in the country with its mountains and rugged terrain. For those wanting to get exercise outside of the tournament, hiking and biking are two of the best ways to see the city and get in a workout. The Phoenix Zoo offers a fun activity for young and old, while the Kierland Commons present a place for people to shop and relax. Sports fans will find plenty to do between Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games and Phoenix Suns professional basketball games.

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 279,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $20 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.