Campus: CSU Long Beach -- July 18, 2002

California State University, Long Beach Will Host 2003 NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship

The City of Long Beach and California State University, Long Beach have been awarded the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball National Championship, which will be held on May 1st and 3rd at The Pyramid. The NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball Committee made the final approval this week.

"Given Cal State Long Beach's tremendous tradition in the sport of volleyball we are honored to once again host the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships," said 49er Director of Athletics Bill Shumard. "The Committee was extremely impressed with how we ran the 2001 Championship and rewarded us by accepting our bid to host the 2003 Championship.

"With Long Beach hosting the NCAA Division I Women's National Championship in December of 2004, the City of Long Beach and Cal State Long Beach have solidified its reputation as a hotbed for collegiate volleyball," Shumard added. "We once again anticipate huge fan interest here in Southern California and plan on hosting a first-class event."
Semifinal action will take place on Thursday, May 1 with game times at 6:00 and 8:00 pm Pacific Time. Saturday's national championship match will begin at 4:00 pm.

CSULB hosted the 2001 Men's Volleyball Championship, serving as host to BYU, UCLA, Penn State and Ohio State. BYU won the 2001 title with a three-game sweep over UCLA.

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