National Volleyball Association
Expands Nationwide for 1997 Season
SAN DIEGO, CALIF., (Nov. 25, 1996) - The National Volleyball Association (NVA)
has made significant
expansion moves during its off-season as it prepares to enter its fourth
season. The NVA will expand to six teams in six states: Tucson, Arizona;
Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; St. Louis, Missouri; Iowa and
"We are very excited with the moves we've made," said Kimberly Coleman,
Director of Operations. "We spent months researching the key expansion
markets and concluded that these were the best areas to support
a women's pro volleyball team. The response and support we are
receiving from these communities has been tremendous.
The NVA will begin its season Saturday February 1.
The season will conclude with its fourth annual Championship Match
on Saturday May 10.
A complete schedule of dates and sites will be released next week.
The National Volleyball Association will again feature many superstars
in professional volleyball. Players will include 1992 & 1996 Olympian
Lori Endicott; former Olympian and current UNLV Coach Deitre Collins;
former Olympian and current Air Force Coach Penny Lucas White;
former Olympian Missy McLinden (Arizona); 1995 NCAA Player-of-the-Year
Allison Weston (Nebraska); and former USA National Team members
Daiva Tomkus Fuerst (UCLA), Julie Bremner (UCLA), and Sheri Sanders
(Long Beach State). Many other NCAA All-Americans, past and present,
including 1994 1st-team All-American Christy Johnson (Nebraska),
will also participate.
Three of the teams' head coaches will include former Olympic coach
Gary Sato, three-time Junior Coach-of-the-Year Albert Gasparian,
and last years NVA League Champion Coach Annette Cottle.
Donna Pochran of USA Volleyball will again be the Director of Referees.
1996 NBC Olympic Volleyball Radio Sportscaster Jeff Ruffolo, will
return as the NVA's public relations representative.
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