February 01, 2009
From Triangle Volleyball Club press release

Junior Olympic girls volleyball tourney to be held at convention center

MORRISVILLE - Triangle Volleyball Club is hosting a multi-court volleyball tournament on March 14th and 15th at the new Raleigh Convention Center [RCC].

The Mid-Atlantic Power League [MAPL] event will feature elite level Junior Olympic Girls volleyball teams from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South and North Carolina. The two-day tournament is the first-ever volleyball tournament hosted in the new Raleigh Convention Center and is expected to bring some 1,500 student-athletes, coaches, parents, spectators, and college recruiters to the downtown Raleigh area.

"Hosting a major tournament event has always been a dream of ours," said Triangle's Executive Director, Casey Caram, "the MAPL will be our first such endeavor. Our hope is to fill the entire Raleigh Convention Center someday soon finally bringing a major volleyball tournament home to North Carolina."

"The new RCC is beautiful. With the growth and development of the surrounding downtown areas, the abundance of great hotels and restaurants, and generally terrific weather we are certain that Raleigh will be a desirable destination for teams," according to Sherry Fadool, Director of Marketing and Development for Triangle.

Forty-five teams ages 14-18 will compete on eight to ten courts temporarily assembled in Exhibit Hall B at the RCC. Play will begin at 8 AM on Saturday and continue to approximately 8 PM. Play will resume at 8 AM Sunday. The last scheduled match is expected to be held at 4 PM Sunday afternoon.

Triangle has enlisted the support of the Sports Marketing Department of the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau and is actively seeking sponsors for this event. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsor opportunities are encouraged to contact Sherry Fadool.