Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University is pleased to announce that it will host the Fifth Annual Willamette Volleyball on May 6-8.
The event will be capped by an exhibition match between Oregon State and Western Washington on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. Admission is free to the event and fans can pick up the 2011 spring poster for autographs post-match.
The junior tournament, which will attract four different age groups (12's, 14's, 16's, and 18's), will draw 207 teams and over 5,000 coaches, friends, and family members to Corvallis and the Oregon State campus during Mother's Day Weekend. Thirty courts await the participants across campus, with courts at Gill Coliseum, Truax Indoor Center, Indoor Tennis Pavilion, McAlexander Fieldhouse, Dixon Recreation Center and Langton Hall. Off campus, five courts will host the teams at the Boys and Girls Club and Linus Pauling Middle School.
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 6, 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 competition, allowing teams to get extra matches in before pool play begins. Also, pool play will begin for the 12's age group.
On Saturday, May 7, teams in all age groups will advance through a morning wave of three-team pools to a second round of pools in the afternoon. Pool play begins at 7:30 AM on Saturday. Based on Saturday's results, teams will advance into brackets on Sunday. Bracket play will begin 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Complete schedules will be available in the Truax Indoor Center.
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 team's standing in the tournament. Fan Fest will also feature an interactive area 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 and Domino's. Fest also includes a free inflatable interactive area for children ages 3-7.
On Mother's Day, (Sunday, May 8), the Willamette Volleyball Classic will hold a specially catered Mother's Day Brunch. Available to tournament participants and the public, 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. Tickets are $20.00.
For more information, go to www.willamettevolleyballclassic.com.
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