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New Zealand Men prepare for FIVB World Championship debut

New Zealand men are gearing up for their debut appearance in the FIVB World Chamnpionship

Wellington, New Zealand, March 2, 2009 – The New Zealand men’s team preparations are underway for the upcoming 2010 FIVB World Championship Asian preliminary round, which is set for April 20-24.

Under the guidance of coach Tony Barnett, New Zealand have already selected 30 men’s players, who are to join a national selection camp on March 14 to 15 for two days’ training. The federation will then announce the New Zealand team for the World Championship first -round competition, which also doubles as the 2009 Oceania Volleyball Championships.

After two days’ training in the camp in Auckland, the men’s team will participate in the South Pacific Challenge tournament from April 13 to 18 as final preparation.

The men’s Asian Pool A and women’s Asian Pool A are both scheduled to take place in Porirua City, Wellington, through April 20-24. Men’s teams from New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu and Tonga, and five women’s teams from New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga will compete in the tournaments.

The teams will play round robin, with four matches each day at 1:30 p.m., 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30. It will be the first time the New Zealand Men’s and Women’s teams compete in the preliminary rounds for an FIVB World championships.

The winner of the men’s Pool A will go on to compete in Asian Pool F of the second round in Taipei through May 22-24 against Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei and the winner of Asian Pool C, while the first-place finisher in the women’s section will play against Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Maldives in Asian Pool B of the second round in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, through June 12-14.

The women’s runner-up will go to Nakhonpathon, Thailand, in June to compete against Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Bangladesh in Asian Pool C of the second round.

The Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association said the first-ever FIVB sanctioned international Volleyball tournament to be played in the New Zealand is a fantastic opportunity to both profile the sport, the magnificent new recreation facility at Porirua and the many facilities, services and sites available within the Porirua City region. Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association said it also looks forward to working with the Porirua City Council to make the tournaments outstanding successes.

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