Detroit to host 2015 USA Volleyball Open National Championships at revamped Cobo Center
One of those standards is being the best every time we take the court. “It’s not about a gold medal once a year,” Gumbert said. “It’s about a gold medal every day. For us, that’s the standard that we challenge ourselves, to try to be the best every time we take the court.” Team USA is on the court this week at Lakeshore Foundation for the IWRF Americas Championship , which is a qualification event for the 2014 IWRF World Championships in Denmark. It is the latest opportunity for the United States to test its mettle against some of the best teams in the world. Gumbert’s squad has had an atypically competitive post-Paralympic period. Within a year of the Games, the team faced the top seven in the world in Demark and faced No. 2 Australia three weeks ago in New Zealand. That’s been a major benefit for young members of the squad. “For the youth of our team to have that exposure at this point in their development is just phenomenal,” the coach said. “The majority of our team, 11 players, have five years of experience or less.
The Detroit Sports Commission announced Monday that the Motor City will hold the 2015 USA Volleyball Open National Championships. USA Volleyball made the decision last week at its Regional Volleyball Association meetings being held in Denver, according to a press release. The 2015 Open, which will be the 86th edition of the annual event, will be held May 22-27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The Open is expected to bring an estimated 550-plus teams and 6,000-plus players to the city. Next year’s event will be held May 23-28 in Phoenix. “The Detroit Sports Commission is pleased to hear USA Volleyball has chosen Detroit for one of its four national championships,” DSC Executive Director Dave Beachnau said in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming all of the participants and highlighting to them the great assets that this great American sports town has to offer.” The event is considered one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States. Detroit is in the heart of a very strong adult volleyball population and a city on the rebound, USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said in a statement. USA Volleyball will be proud to be a part of this resurgence and look forward to the 2015 USA Volleyball Open National Championships being one of the best and biggest weve had. Detroit has previously hosted the Open in 1938 and 1967. For more information about the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, visit www.usavolleyball.org.