WAC volleyball tournament returns to Las Vegas

April 29th, 2009

Mentioned that this would happen in November but it was confirmed today by the WAC.Today’s release from the WAC.  

The Western Athletic Conference today announced that the 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Orleans Arena inLas Vegas.


“WAC volleyball has brought national attention to the WAC and this move will allow us to really showcase our premier women’s sport,” Commissioner Karl Benson said. “WAC fans have shown that they enjoy traveling toLas Vegasand I am certain the Orleans Arena will create a great tournament environment for them along with our student-athletes.”


The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 and will include the top six teams in the regular-season standings.


“Having the tournament at the Orleans Arena is good for a couple of reasons,” Hawai‘i head coach Dave Shoji said. “One is that it is a neutral site, which is really important to the coaches who want a championship atmosphere that is as fair as possible to all schools competing. The second reason is that Las Vegas is a resort destination and is likely to attract WAC fans from all institutions. I remember when the WAC Tournament was in Las Vegas in the past, it seemed to attract more fans, and with the Orleans Arena venue, it will make for an exciting neutral stage.”


The WAC Tournament was played at the MGM Grand inLas Vegasfrom 1996-98.


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