Volleyball Set to Host Third Annual Willamette Volleyball Classic

May 6, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State University is pleased to announce that it will host the Third Annual Willamette Volleyball on May 8-10. 


The event will be capped by an exhibition match between Oregon State and Western Oregon on Saturday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. Admission is free to the event and fans can pick up the 2009 spring poster.


The junior tournament, which will attract four different age groups (12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s), is expected to draw over 180 teams to Corvallis and the Oregon State campus during Mothers Day. Thirty-four courts await the participants across campus, with courts at Gill Coliseum, Truax Indoor Center, Oregon States indoor tennis courts, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Dixon Recreation Center and Langton Hall.


The public is invited to join in the fun and festivities throughout the weekend. There is no admission charge for entrance into competition venues or to Fan Fest.


On Friday, May 8, the tournament begins with the Queen of the Court competition at 5:00 p.m. A select number of teams will take part in the completion, allowing teams to get extra matches in before pool play begins. 


On Saturday, May 9, teams in all age groups will advance through a morning wave of three-team pools to a second round of pools in the afternoon. Based on Saturdays results, teams will advance into challenge matches on Sunday morning, determining placement into the single elimination playoff brackets.  Bracket play will begin by 2 p.m. on Sunday. Matches begin at 8:00 a.m. on both days, and are tentatively scheduled to end at 8:00 p.m. Complete schedules will be available in the Truax Indoor Center. All finals will be played on the main court in Gill Coliseum on Sunday afternoon 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (projected time).


The hub of the Willamette Volleyball Classic is Fan Fest, located at the Truax Indoor Center. Throughout the weekend, Fan Fest provides hospitality, entertainment, and an exciting atmosphere for tournament participants and fans alike. A central tournament scoreboard will keep participants up-to-date on each teams standing in the tournament. Fan Fest will also feature two interactive areas for tourney participants as well as for younger fans, including activities ranging from teaching volleyball skills to measuring volleyball proficiencies. Fan Fest will have concessions and booths from tournament sponsors such as ASICS, Wilson, Pepsi, University Hero, Jamba Juice, Dominos, and vendors including Wilson and Active Ankle. Fan Fest also includes a free inflatable interactive area for children ages 3-7.


All of the tournament action can be captured through the photography of Michael Hall Photography. All photos will be available for purchase at Fan Fest throughout the tournament.


On Mothers Day, (Sunday, May 10), the Willamette Volleyball Classic will hold a specially catered Mothers Day Brunch. Available to all tournament participants, the brunch will be held from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. in the beautiful second floor Founders Loge of Reser Stadium. The menu features an assortment of buffet style foods and beverages.


For more information, go to www.willamettevolleyballclassic.com. Or for questions, contact Cody March, Oregon State volleyball director of operations at cody.march@oregonstate.edu.


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