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Ohio State beats out IPFW for 2017 NCAA volleyball tournament

Fort Wayne has hosted three times previously

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 6:42 am

The NCAA announced Wednesday morning that Ohio State has been picked over IPFW and Memorial Coliseum to host the 2017 men's volleyball national championship.

Fort Wayne previously hosted the event in 1988, 1994 and 2000. After drawing a very respectable 12,807 fans in 1988, Fort Wayne's attendance in the 1994 tournament set the NCAA record with 15,495 fans for the two-day event. That still ranks second all-time behind Hawaii's total of 18,901 in 1998.

Fort Wayne also drew what was then the second-smallest attendance in tournament history of 5,031 fans in 2000 when Ohio State beat out IPFW to be the Midwest's tournament representative.

Among the factors used to determine the winning sites included the arena to play the postseason matches, a proposed budget and how the host site planned to enhance the student-athlete and fan experience at the event.

This will be the fifth time Ohio State has hosted the tournament. The tournament will be held at Stanford in 2015, Penn State in 2016, Ohio State in 2017 and UCLA in 2018.