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Volleyball association returns to area
by Tribune Staff
Apr 22, 2012 | 602 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) is holding its Far Western National Qualifier at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center this weekend, marking the 12th year the organization is holding this event in northern Nevada. The event kicks off with 12-and-under to 15-year-old groups competing today through Monday, and 15 to 18-year-old groups taking to the courts Friday through Sunday. Matches will be played from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. More than 130 college recruiters are expected to attend the second weekend of this event.

The Far Western National Qualifier, scheduled at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center through 2016, expanded to two weekends of competition in 2008. Organizers say the event is drawing 927 teams this year, consisting of approximately 12 players and two coaches per team. This family event is expected to draw more than 12,000 players, coaches and family members to the region each weekend, with an estimated economic impact of more than $7 million over the course of the event. With more than 14,000 members, the NCVA represents the fourth largest region of USA Volleyball in the United States. The tournament includes players from Nevada, California, Hawaii, New York, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Virginia, Wyoming and Florida.

Players in the competition are between the ages of 10 and 18. Teams attending the Far Western National Qualifier can earn a bid to compete in the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Nationals, June 28 – July 7 in Columbus, Ohio. USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB).

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