2012 Fall Sports Festival
Additionally, the USA South Volleyball Championship's new home is also the Martinsville-Henry County (M-HC) area, creating the new title of Fall Sports Festival. Both soccer and volleyball championships are committed to return to the M-HC area until 2014.
Men's and Women's Soccer will be played at the Smith River Sports Complex while Women's Volleyball will play at William F. Stone Hall at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC).
There will be four Men's Soccer, four Women's Soccer, and eight Women's Volleyball teams coming to the area to play for the USA South Fall Festival Championships.
"We've held a Spring Sports Festival with one city hosting all six championships for the past seven years and it has been a hugely successful event for the Conference," said Rita Wiggs, Commissioner of the USA South Conference when asked why they decided to bring both championships to Martinsville. "It has been a goal to do the same type of event for our fall sports championships, but we needed to find a city with appropriate facilities, staffing and desire to host our soccer and volleyball championships."
The USA South Conference is primarily a southwest/central Virginia and North Carolina based conference featuring nine teams in those areas: Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, Mary Baldwin College, Methodist University, Meredith College, N.C. Wesleyan College, and William Peace University. The Conference has added three institutions this summer, two from Georgia (Piedmont College and LaGrange College) and one from Tennessee (Maryville College), bringing the total number of full-time members to 12.
The teams will arrive Thursday, November 1st and will have the opportunity to practice. Later that night, the SRSC will host a banquet at the National Guard Armory in recognition of the 2012 USA South fall season.
To kick off the festivities there will be an opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Smith River Sports Complex in collaboration with the Special Olympics on Friday November 2nd. The Men's Soccer semifinals are set to start at 12 and 2:30 PM at SRSC while the Women's Soccer semifinals will begin at 5 and 7:30 PM. Also on Friday, at PHCC, the Volleyball quarterfinal matches will be at 1, 3, 5, and 7 PM.
On Saturday, the Men's and Women's Soccer Championships will be played at 2 and 5 PM, respectively. Over at PHCC, Volleyball will play both the semifinal and championship rounds on Saturday. Semifinals will start at 12PM and 2 PM with the championship starting at 6 PM.
Tickets for each day will be $6 dollars for adults and $3 dollars for children. There will be weekend passes available which will differ depending on the group size, please call (276) 638-5200 for the prices.
When asked why the USA South Conference enjoys returning to the SRSC and the Martinsville-Henry County area, Wiggs replied that "firstly, the excellent playing surface at the Complex and that is always a top priority for our coaches. Secondly, the reception that we have received from everyone we have dealt with in Martinsville, and at the Complex, has been warm and welcoming. We are very pleased with the friendships and relationships that have developed during the last 2-3 years."
Coca-Cola is the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Fall Sports Festival. All sponsors & partners who supported this event are: Patrick Henry Community College, the Martinsville & Henry County Economic Development Corporation's Tourism Division, Comfort Inn who is the host hotel, Martinsville & Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Stifel & Nicolaus, the YMCA of Martinsville Henry County, Quality Catering & The Gallery, and the Special Olympics of Virginia.
To find out more on the USA South Athletic Conference visit www.usasouth.net. For information on the event or purchasing tickets, please call the Complex at
(276) 638-5200 or visit www.SmithRiverSportsComplex.com.