NVA KICKS OFF '97 SEASON WITH ST. LOUIS/NEBRASKA;
UTAH TO HOST COLORADO IN LEAGUE'S FOURTH SEASON OPENER

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., The National Volleyball Association kicks off its fourth season this weekend with two great match ups Saturday evening, February 1st, with the St. Louis Spirits challenging the Tornados in Omaha Nebraska, while the Colorado Thunder travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Golden Spikers.

The Omaha Tornados/St. Louis Spirits match will feature the long-awaited confrontation of Huskers "old" and "new". Former University of Nebraska All-American and 1992 & 1996 Olympian Lori Endicott of the St. Louis Spirits returns to Omaha to challenge the new Nebraska stars, former University of Nebraska All-Americans Christy Johnson and Allison Weston, the 1995 NCAA PLayer of the Year. The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start in Omaha.

The Utah Golden Spikers/Colorado Thunder match will feature former USA National Team members. Julie Bremner Romias, a former All-American at UCLA and pro beach player, will pace the Utah Golden Spikers, while Penny Lucas-White, current head coach at the Air Force Academy, looks to dominate for the Colorado Thunder. The match will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City.

Former Olympic assistant coaches Gary Sato (Colorado Thunder) and Kent Miller (St. Louis Spirits); three-time Junior Coach of the Year Albert Gasparian (Arizona Flames) and last year's NVA League Champion Coach Annette Cottle (Utah Golden Spikers) are a few of the talented coaches in the NVA.

A member organization of USA Volleyball, the National Volleyball Association is the premier women's professional indoor volleyball league in the United States. The players and the coaches in the NVA are many of the best in the game. The players include former and future Olympians, former and future National Team members, former NCAA All-Americans and pro beach players.

Call 1-800-577-4537 for ticket information.

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