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USA Volleyball to Host World-Class Tournament This Weekend
ANAHEIM, CA - (August 11, 2009) - The City of Anaheim, Official Host City for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball teams, is pleased to announce a world-class men’s volleyball tournament is coming to Orange County this weekend.  The U.S. Men’s Team will be joined by teams from Panama, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic at the 2010 Men’s World Championship Qualification Tournament for NORCECA Pool F on Aug. 15-17 at the Bren Events Center on the campus of UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif. 

USA Volleyball, the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States, is hosting the tournament.  The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) is an incorporated, non-profit organization responsible for all volleyball activities that take place in its zone.  NORCECA is the continental confederation that represents its thirty-five (35) member countries at the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) level. 

The tournament is required for teams wishing to participate in the 2010 World Championship, to be held Sept. 24-Oct. 10, 2010, in Italy.  The World Championship qualifying process began around the world last December. From NORCECA, Puerto Rico has already qualified.

“Obviously it is very important for our team to qualify for the 2010 World Championship,” said U.S. Men’s Head Coach Alan Knipe. “It will be great to compete in front of a truly home crowd in Southern California as we work to qualify.”

Tickets for the event will be $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Groups of 15 or more can get tickets for $8 each and an all-session pass is $25. Tickets are on sale now at the Bren Center box office at (949) 824-5030 or at TicketMaster.com.

The City of Anaheim is the Official Host City for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball teams.  The Men’s Team relocated to Anaheim from Colorado Springs, CO in 2006, and the Women’s Team followed in 2009, with both teams citing the advantages of training in Southern California, unequivocally the volleyball capitol of the country.  The Men’s Team won the gold medal, and the Women’s team the silver medal, at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.  Anaheim serves as the training headquarters for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams, and in partnership with USA Volleyball, will further promote the City throughout the volleyball and Olympic sport communities.  USA Volleyball is the National Governing Body for the sport of volleyball in the United States, and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).  Both the Men’s and Women’s Teams will train in Anaheim through the 2016 Olympic Games.  For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.  For more information on USA Volleyball, please visit www.usavolleyball.org.


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