Long Beach hosts volleyball qualification tourney

ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Published:

USA Volleyball will host the NORCECA men's volleyball Olympic qualification tournament this May in Long Beach, Calif.

It is the first time the NORCECA Men's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament has been held in the United States.

The winner of the eight-team event at the Walter Pyramid will earn a spot in the London Olympics this summer.

The defending Olympic champion U.S. national team is looking to qualify for its seventh straight Olympics.

The other teams competing in the tournament May 7-12 will be Cuba, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Twelve teams will play in the Olympics. Great Britain has already earned a berth as host, while Russia, Poland and Brazil qualified with the top finishes in last year's FIVB World Cup.