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UIL volleyball championships may return to Garland after logging impressive attendance numbers
The location of the 2013 UIL volleyball championships remains uncertain, but the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland will be considered, UIL assistant athletic director Peter Contreras said Monday.
Attendance at this year’s championships — the first in Garland after spending the last decade in San Marcos — was up for every classification’s title match and more than doubled for the Class 4A and 5A finals.
Coaches were reluctant about the move when it was announced in June, Contreras said. But he said the feedback he received after last weekend’s tournament was mostly positive.
“I thought it was an excellent weekend,” Contreras said, “Everything went well, and I think the venue was a huge reason for that.”
Contreras said an announcement on the future home of the tournament won’t come until the spring, but the Culwell Center will be among the venues considered.
The tournament moved away from Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos because of a conflict with last weekend’s Formula One race in Austin. The race made hotel rooms around San Marcos and Austin hard to find or too expensive, Contreras said.
John Wilborn, the director of the Culwell Center, said he’d love to host the event again.
Lovejoy, which won its fifth consecutive state title Saturday, faced Aledo in the 4A title match before a crowd of 5,531. Lovejoy won the 3A championship with 1,793 in attendance last year.
Coppell, like Lovejoy, benefited from a home crowd at its 5A final. Coppell defeated New Braunfels in front of 3,817.
Houston Clear Lake coach Chanda Eager, whose team faced Coppell and its home crowd in a semifinal Friday, praised the facilities but would prefer the tournament move to Austin in the future.
“I would like to have it at the state capital,” Eager said.
Abilene Wylie coach Maggie Hunt and Lovejoy coach Ryan Mitchell, whose teams have been to several state tournaments, said they don’t have a preference on a future site.
Both coaches were pleased with the tournament’s organization and the venue, but neither would be opposed to a move back to San Marcos. They prefer to have a court to warm-up on while other matches are played, which is unavailable at the Culwell Center.
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