Volleyball tourney scores for Indy

March 6, 2009
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vballThe biggest women’s sporting event in town this weekend isn’t the Big Ten basketball tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. At least not according to organizers of the 2009 Mizuno Hoosier Mideast Qualifier. In any event, the two events downtown should draw quite a crowd.

The Mizuno Hoosier Mideast Qualifier, which is being held in the Indiana Convention Center today, tomorrow and Sunday, is one of the biggest women’s volleyball tournaments in the nation. It is expected to draw 520 teams of 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds.

Organizers said the tournament will draw teams from 40 states and 20,000 spectators. Team members, coaches officials and spectators will book 12,000 hotel room nights. The tournament—a qualifier for various national tournaments—will unfold on 66 courts configured within the confines of the Convention Center. Tickets are $4 for one day or $10 for all three days.

“If you’re downtown this weekend and you’re wondering why you can’t get a hotel room or you’re waiting on a table at a restaurant, it’s a good bet that our fans will account for a lot of that business,” said tournament business director Ryan Bozell, noting that the tournament provides an economic impact estimated at $14 million.

“The size and scope of this tournament reinforces our reputation as the nation’s amateur sports capital,” said City County Councilman Jeff Cardwell.

Recruiters from more than 350 collegiate volleyball programs are expected to attend the tournament.

“This is a great opportunity for coaches during recruiting season,” said Matt Bottsford, Notre Dame women’s assistant volleyball coach. “It’s also a big event for the players and their families to get together at one of the biggest events of its kind.”
  • My daughter age 16 and my husband are at the v'ball tournament this weekend. Their team is called Team Texas from The Woodlands, near Houston. Lots of tall girls at the tourney.
    He just called to say he has half a day to site see tomorrow and was wondering what to do with a teenager. Any ideas?
  • Jeanne, they should definitely check out the NCAA Hall of Champions over at the NCAA headquarters in White River State Park. Almost anyone working downtown can direct you there. If they are at all interested in auto racing and/or cars, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is cool. The IMS also gives tours, where they drive you around the massive track in a bus. It's very cool. The museum is on the infield of the IMS off of 16th Street entrance. You probably know the Big Ten Women's basketball tournament is in town at Conseco Fieldhouse, you can probably get tickets cheap. Conseco Fieldhouse is a great facility to see in and of itself. If they are looking to stretch their legs a little, they should take a walk along the canal on the west side of down town, and if they like Pizza, they should check out Geogio's over on Monument Circle. Of course, if they are into shopping, they will want to go to Circle Centre Mall. It's very nice. Good luck.
  • AJ, All these areas sound like a lot of fun for the girls. After their v'ball games, think they will head out for the Motor Speedway Museum, then on to Geogio's. Maybe on Sunday, they can hit a few more of your suggestions. Thanks for your info.
  • The Hall of Champions does not reopen until the 12th. I got to walk through the other day... much improved!

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