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HARTFORD, CONN. – January 15, 2013 – Volleyball will mean big business for the Capital Region this weekend when the New England Region Volleyball Association (NERVA) hosts the “2013 Mizuno New England Winterfest Volleyball Tournament” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

Tournament organizers and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) are looking forward to welcoming more than 5,000 visitors during the long Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend from all over New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and as far away as California and Bermuda. The attendees will stay in 27 hotels this Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21. Approximately 1,900 players, 200 coaches, 100 officials and volunteer tournament staff, and 3,000 family members and fans are expected.

“The Mizuno New England Winterfest is the largest volleyball tournament – girls or boys – held in New England and is designed to showcase female high school volleyball players, ages 14-18, to college coaches and recruiters from throughout the Northeast,” explains Tournament Chair Alex Temkin, the new Volleyball Coach at the University of Hartford. “The Northeast has one of the largest concentrations of Collegiate Division II and Division III schools in the country, and there are many Division I schools here as well. Having more than 250 matches in a single location encourages college recruitment decision-makers to come and scout as many players as possible.”


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