International Volleyball for Free in Colorado Springs  

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, August 22, 2019 – Colorado volleyball fans can see an international tournament for free on Aug. 22-24 when USA Volleyball hosts the NORCECA Champions Cup at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center.

Women’s teams from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will compete. Men’s teams will be from the United States, Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

Teams will compete in a round-robin format, with each squad playing the other three once. The U.S. Women will play their matches at 5 p.m. MT each day, while the U.S. Men will follow at 7 p.m.

The competition opens with a men’s match between Cuba and Canada at 13:00 (local time) followed by a women’s contest between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at 15:00.

The winner qualifies for next January’s NORCECA Olympic Continental qualifier. If a U.S. team wins the tournament, then the second-place team will qualify because both the U.S. women’s and men’s teams have already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Admission is open to the public. All 12 matches of the NORCECA Champions Cup will be held in Sports Center 1 on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center complex.

Matt Werle, head men’s volleyball coach at Grand Canyon University, will coach the U.S. Men’s squad, while former player Tayyiba Haneef will coach the Women’s team.

Composite Competition Schedule


August 22

13:00    Cuba v Canada (M)

15:00    Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico (W)

17:00    United States v Canada (W)

19:00    United States v Puerto Rico (M)


August 23

13:00    Canada  v Puerto Rico (M)

15:00    Canada v Dominican Republic (W)

17:00    United States v Puerto Rico (W)

19:00    United States v Cuba (M)


August 24

13:00    Puerto Rico v Cuba (M)

15:00    Puerto Rico v Canada (W)

17:00    United States v Dominican Republic (W)

19:00    United States v Canada (M)