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Cedar Rapids to host NJCAA Division II volleyball tournament in 2021, 2022

The U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids regularly hosts the Iowa high school state volleyball tournament every fall. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
The U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids regularly hosts the Iowa high school state volleyball tournament every fall. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The NJCAA Division II volleyball tournament will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center in 2021 and 2022, GO Cedar Rapids announced Friday.

Kirkwood will serve as the host school for the 16-team tournament, which will take place Nov. 19-21, 2020 and Nov. 18-20, 2021. The Eagles have qualified for nationals 11 times and won a national title in 2003.

GO Cedar Rapids said in a release the tournaments are expected to bring $188,000 in economic impact to the area.

“We felt submitting a bid for the national tournament was a terrific opportunity not only to highlight our college and community but also to bring the NJCAA DII volleyball championship to the Midwest,” Kirkwood Athletics Director Doug Wagemester said in a prepared statement. “Cedar Rapids is a great location with all the travel access and amenities needed to host a tournament of this magnitude.”

The U.S. Cellular Center was already set to host the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament in 2019 and NCAA Division III wrestling championships in 2020 and 2022.

The NCAA Division III baseball tournament (Veterans Memorial Stadium in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022) and NAIA men’s and women’s cross country meet (2018, 2020) are also coming to Cedar Rapids in the near future.

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