By Chad Waller, NAIA Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced that Sioux City, Iowa, will continue to be the host city for the NAIA Volleyball National Championship through 2015. Sioux City has served as hosts since 2008 and the 2012 national championship is scheduled for Nov. 27 - Dec. 1 in the Tyson Events Center.
"For the past four years, the entire Sioux City community has embraced the NAIA Volleyball National Championship and we are excited to see the same type of relationship extended through the 2015 event," said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. "I am confident to say that our student-athletes and fans will enjoy another wonderful experience playing in Sioux City."
This year's championship will mark the fifth-consecutive year in Sioux City, which will set the longest continuous streak of one city hosting the volleyball national championship. In the 32-year history of the championship, there have been 17 different cities to play host.
"On behalf of the City of Sioux City, we are pleased to extend the contract and continue our excellent relationship with the NAIA," said City Council Member Dr. Tom Padgett. "Jim Carr and the NAIA staff have been great to work with and we look forward to a long association with the NAIA."
Twenty-four teams converge in Sioux City this year with pool play beginning on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. CST. The top two winners of each of the six pools will meet up in elimination action starting on Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. All of the elimination action on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 is available via live video-streaming by clicking here. Tickets and tournament passes can be purchased at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, or through Ticketmaster by clicking here.
"We are excited about the opportunity to host the NAIA Volleyball National Championship for another three years here in Sioux City," said Aran Rush, Sioux City Convention Center and Tourism Bureau Executive Director. "The community has been engaged in this tournament for the last four years and we cannot wait to welcome the student-athletes back for many more wonderful championship experiences."
There are 228 varsity volleyball programs competing in the NAIA. Texas at Brownsville is the defending national champion and will compete in Pool B. The Scorpions were ranked No. 1 for nine-straight weeks during the regular-season until its lone loss to Concordia (Calif.) in late October.