AVCA Convention Sites for 2010-2012


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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The NCAA announced the host sites for its Division I Women's Volleyball Championship for 2010 & 2012 on Friday.  The sites, which will also be the location of the AVCA Annual Convention, are Kansas City, Mo. in 2010 and Louisville, Ky. in 2012.  The NCAA previously released that the event will be in San Antonio, Texas in 2011, as part of its new Championship City Program.


"We find it both an exciting and encouraging sign for volleyball that new cities like Kansas City and Louisville are interested in hosting the NCAA Division I Women's Championship," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer.  "The fact that a location like San Antonio wants us back is equally as gratifying."


The AVCA Convention is annually the largest gathering of volleyball coaches, club directors and volleyball-specific vendors in the nation.  The 2008 convention, held in Omaha, Neb., was the second-largest in the association's history, as nearly 1600 attendees descended on America's heartland.


The Kansas City Convention Center will host the 2010 convention, with the championship being played at the Sprint Center. The Kentucky International Convention Center will accommodate the AVCA in 2012, and Louisville Arena, scheduled for completion in fall of 2010, will host the championship.


"The committee had several great bids to consider," said Marie Robbins, chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee and associate athletics director at the University of Alabama. "Our focus was on continuing the growth that the volleyball championship has experienced over the last four years. We felt that both Kansas City and Louisville demonstrated a level of commitment to this championship that will not only translate into a great student-athlete experience, but also a continuation of the championship's recent growth."


The 2009 championship will be played Dec. 17 and 19 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Bay, Fla.


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