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USAV Open Championships Bringing Teams from All Regions to Louisville

By Bill Kauffman | May 18, 2013, 2:42 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman, USA Volleyball Senior Manager of Communications, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email: bill.kauffman@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 18, 2013) – The 2013 USA Volleyball Open National Championships will have 492 teams competing at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., from May 24-29. For the first time the event will have at least one team representing each of the 40 USA Volleyball Regions.

With an estimated 5,000-plus players, family members and friends arriving into the host city, the USA Volleyball Open National Championships are projected to occupy more than 12,000 room nights at area hotels. The tournament offers competition for skill level participation, age group (Master’s) and height-limited (U-Volley) competition for both genders. On the men’s side, the oldest championship bracket is 76-and-over, while the women’s 65-and-over is the oldest bracket.

The USA Volleyball Open National Championships was founded in 1928 and is in its 84th year of competition. 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.

This year’s event will have 286 men’s teams, 192 women’s teams, nine Special Olympics teams and five sitting volleyball teams forming 29 different divisions. The New England Region will be in force in Louisville with a tournament-high 51 teams registered, while the Great Lakes Region has 44 teams signed up to play. The Garden Empire Region has 38 teams competing in Louisville, while The Chesapeake Region is fourth with 31 teams. A total of 42 teams from outside the United States are registered to compete, including 22 from Venezuela, 14 from Canada, five from Brazil and one from Mexico. The U.S. Armed Forces also have two teams registered.

The Pioneer Region, the host region for the Open, has nine teams registered for the event including a team in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), which is the highest division for women. The Pioneer Mayhem is one of 15 PVL teams signed up to compete for a total purse of $20,000. The PVL, which will play its championship May 25-28, is a professional volleyball league made up of teams from among the 40 Regional Volleyball Associations across the United States. The PVL is an adult High Performance initiative based on the USA Volleyball Region system, but operates under a professional sports model. The PVL is sanctioned by USA Volleyball and offers tournament play, PVL Conference Championships and a national championship event each year.

Hoosier Exterminators, the defending champion from the last year's inaugural event, is the top seed in the PVL. Other top seeds are No. 2 TNT of North Texas, No. 3 Team Florida Wave, No. 4 Pioneer Mayhem and No. 5 Arizona Sizzle. To follow the PVL during the week with schedule and results, click here.

The Men’s Open Division is the top bracket for males and it will run concurrently with the PVL May 25-May 28. Lights Out (Great Lakes Region), the defending Men's Open champions, enters the tournament as the top seed ahead of No. 2 Team Go Nation (New England Region). LVC (Iroquois Empire) is the third seed, followed by No. 4 OCVC Chacarrons (Southern California) and No. 5 Team Florida Wave (Florida Region). To follow the Men's Open bracket with schedules and results, click here.

For schedule and results for the entire USA Volleyball Open National Championships, click here.

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.

For additional information on the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, click here.

Prior to the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, the National Governing Body hosts its Annual Meetings May 20-24 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. USA Volleyball’s constituent groups will convene to discuss key topics related to the National Governing Body. The Board of Directors caps a week of meetings that include the Regional Volleyball Assembly and its subcommittees that represent the 40 regions of USA Volleyball, Junior Assembly, Beach Commission, Officials Commission, Admin Council, USA Volleyball Foundation and other various meetings.

The Annual Meetings week is highlighted by the Boyce Awards Banquet on May 22 that recognizes corporate award recipients for their accomplishments. The YMCA Volleyball Hall of Fame also enshrines its induction class during the USA Volleyball Annual Meetings on May 23 at the Galt House.

2013 USA Volleyball Open National Championships Schedule
Men’s BB: May 24-26
Women’s BB: May 24-26
Men’s B: May 24-26
Women’s B: May 24-26
Men’s 40-and-Over: May 24-26
Women’s 40-and-Over: May 24-26
Men’s 50-and-Over: May 24-26
Women’s 50-and-Over: May 24-26
Men’s 60-and-Over: May 24-26
Women’s 60-and-Over: May 24-26
Men’s 70-and-Over: May 24-26
Men’s 76-and-Over: May 24-26
Men’s Open: May 25-28
Women’s Premier Volleyball League: May 25-28
Special Olympics: May 25-26
Men’s AA: May 26-29
Women’s AA: May 26-29
Men’s A: May 27-29
Women’s A: May 27-29
Men’s 45-and-Over: May 27-29
Women’s 45-and-Over: May 27-29
Men’s 55-and-Over: May 27-29
Women’s 55-and-Over: May 27-29
Men’s 65-and-Over: May 27-29
Women’s 65-and-Over: May 27-29
Men’s 73-and-Over: May 27-29
Men’s U-Volley: May 27-28
Women’s U-Volley: May 27-28
Sitting Volleyball: May 27-28

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 300,000 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. For more information please visit usavolleyball.org.

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