February 28, 1995 in Nation/World

Spokane Likely Site For Ncaa Women’s Volleyball Finals The 1997 Tournament Is Scheduled For Veterans Arena On Dec. 18 And 20

By The Spokesman-Review

Spokane is the tentative site of the semifinals and finals of the 1997 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament.

Volleyball’s final four will play in Spokane Veterans Arena on Dec. 18 and 20, 1997, Washington State University senior associate athletic director Marcia Saneholtz announced Monday.

“I believe Spokane is a great volleyball community and the 1997 championships will set a standard for future championships,” Saneholtz said. “We look forward to working with the arena staff, the Greater Spokane Sports Association and the Spokane business, civic and educational communities over the next two years to make this a showcase event.”

The NCAA volleyball executive committee is expected to approve the ‘97 site selection at its May meeting, Saneholtz said.

“This is the first major announcement of many that you’ll be seeing in the upcoming weeks that clearly demonstrates that the new arena puts Spokane on the major sports and entertainment circuit of this country,” said Jim Ray, chairman of the Spokane Public Facilities District.

WSU volleyball coach Cindy Fredrick said, “This probably wouldn’t have happened six years ago, with the state that our program was in and how it’s grown. To have Marcia bring us forward to the NCAA committee is a fantastic opportunity for us.”

The Cougars hope to be among the final four in ‘97, Fredrick added. Washington State has appeared in the 48-team tournament three times (1991, ‘93 and ‘94), advancing as far as the second round in ‘93.

“I was talking to Jennifer Stinson of Davenport (who has signed with WSU),” the coach said. “She’ll be a junior at that time. She’s ready to be here, playing in a final four.”

The attendance goal is two sellout nights, Saneholtz said.

More than 600 members of the American Volleyball Coaches Association will take part in meetings Dec. 17-20, ‘97, in conjunction with the final four, she added.

The last time Spokane played host to an NCAA championship was the 1977 Division 1 cross country meet at Hangman Valley Golf Course.

xxxx “Spokane’s new arena.”

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