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Dallas Selected to Host 2017 USAV Girls' Junior National Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (October 4, 2016) – USA Volleyball is pleased to announced that the City of Dallas and the Dallas Sports Commission will host the Second Annual USA Volleyball Girls' 18s Junior National Championships (GJNC18) from April 21-23 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.

The tournament, which is expected to draw approximately 240 teams of 18-and-under players from across the country - will crown champions in five age divisions: Open, National, USA, American and Patriot Divisions. Unlike the first edition held last year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this year's GJNC18 will include the American Division with a 64-team field size. In past years, the 18s American Division has been held in the summer with the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships that has age divisions ranging from 11 to 18.

"USA Volleyball is excited to take the second USA Volleyball Spring Girls' 18s Junior National Championships to Dallas," USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. "The city, the sports commission and the venue have been great partners in support of USA Volleyball and its events through the years and we know that these Championships will be every bit of a success."

Dallas has served a tremendous host city partner of many past USA Volleyball events. The USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships have been held in Dallas in 1998 and 2008. The USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championships were also staged in Dallas in 1998 and 2016. The USA Volleyball Open National Championships have been held in Dallas four times (1960, 1996, 2002 and 2011). Dallas has hosted two weekends of the FIVB World League as the U.S. Men's National Team hosted Italy, France and Korea in 2012 followed by Russia, Australia and Bulgaria earlier this summer.

"We are very happy to host USA Volleyball for the 2017 Girls' Junior National Championships," Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul. "We have a great tradition of volleyball events here in Dallas and we look forward to welcoming the athletes and their families to our great city."

Prior to the inaugural GJNC18 held this past spring, this event was part of the overall USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in late June and early July with divisional championships starting at the 11-and-under age group and all championship flights held in the same facility over a 10-day period. Based on feedback from the junior volleyball community and the numerous time and calendar challenges within the 18s age group involving college preparation, recruiting, high school graduation and down time for athletes, USA separated the 18s divisions from the (GJNC) and moved it earlier in the calendar.

"The feedback and response has been favorable," Pingel said on separating out the GJNC18 and playing it in the spring. "This was a response to the wants and needs of the players and their families. It only makes sense to continue with the earlier schedule for the foreseeable future."