Nation’s Largest Collegiate Volleyball Tourney Headed to Aurora
INDIANAPOLIS - The third annual GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Volleyball Tournament, the nation's largest collegiate volleyball tournament, will be held at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill. on Oct. 15-16, 2010. Mizuno will be the title sponsor for the regional volleyball event which will pit 15 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) volleyball teams against 15 institutions representing the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).
The two-day crossover tournament will feature 45 matches conducted on eight courts at one of the top volleyball facilities in the country. The event, designed to increase intra-conference competition between teams from the two leagues in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, has previously been held in Indianapolis, Ind. and Lansing, Mich.
"The Mizuno GLVC/GLIAC Crossover Volleyball Tournament supports the NCAA Division II Strategic Positioning Platform and embraces the regionalization philosophy at the conference level," stated Jim Naumovich, commissioner of the GLVC. "This is an exciting intra-regional format which enhances the visibility, exposure, and prestige for the volleyball programs from both conferences. We are most grateful for the support we have received from the Great Lakes Center and for Mizuno's title sponsorship of this event."
One GLVC team and one GLIAC team will square off in each contest and the event will consist of three separate sessions on Friday and Saturday. The league coming away from the tournament with the most victories will claim the traveling trophy. The GLIAC has claimed the title in each of the first two years, including a 24-21 victory last year.
The GLVC and GLIAC are two of the premier NCAA Division II conferences in the country and feature strong volleyball programs. There are currently four teams from the two conferences recognized in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.
The GLVC is a 16-member NCAA Division II conference with members in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin and is in its 33rd year of combining athletic and academic success at the NCAA Division II level.
The GLIAC, founded in 1972, consists of 14 league members from Michigan and Ohio and has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 39 years.
For more information about the event, please visit http://www.glvcsports.org/ or contact the GLVC at 317-237-2106.
*Article courtesy GLVC