Feb. 16, 2017, Fort Collins, Colo. – An intriguing gathering of the nation’s most powerful and accomplished club volleyball programs will take center stage Feb. 18-20 when the Triple Crown Volleyball NIT returns to Salt Lake City for the third consecutive year.
With 25 courts in action at the Salt Palace Convention Center, this event brings together clubs from coast to coast, all angling to get an early-season read on their skills and how they will match up with other high-profile programs. More than 210 teams are making the trip to Salt Lake City, with action coming in age groups from 14u through 18u. The 14u, 16u and 18u championship matches will be aired on ESPN3 on Monday, Feb. 20 at 8:30 am,10:30 am and 12:30 pm, respectively. The event will generate an estimated $4.7 million in economic impact to the state of Utah.
It’s no surprise that this collection of volleyball talent draws college coaches looking for recruiting opportunities, and as many as 400 coaches representing all ranks of collegiate volleyball will be in attendance.
“This event had a modest beginning, but by reaching out to the most competitive and passionate voices in club volleyball, we’ve been able to build a tournament that fills a need on the tournament calendar,” said TCS volleyball director Sean Hardy. “Our unique format allows teams to play superior competition right out of the gate; an early win or loss may affect a seeding later, but a highly-ranked team knows it will face the best competition possible and still have a crack at the overall championship.”
To create some elbowroom on the schedule, the event will play several matches Saturday at the new Club V facility, with all teams returning to the convention center for the rest of the action. The 2017 tournament sold out months ago, and with more room available in the convention center for the 2018 event, Hardy said as many as 425 teams are expected.
New to the event in 2017 is the “live show” stage that will be located in the heart of the action on the convention center floor. The Amateur Sports Broadcasting Network (ASBN) will be the source for multiple interviews throughout Saturday and Sunday that will be live streamed and available to view for free at www.watchtcs.com. These interviews will draw from the ranks of club coaches, directors, sponsors and many others connected to the execution of this unique moment on the volleyball scene.
About Triple Crown Sports
Triple Crown Sports has been producing collegiate and youth sporting events since 1982. TCS is one of the most recognized event brands in girls’ fastpitch and youth baseball and has been an ambassador for those sports for years. TCS also runs the Cancun Challenge, a men’s and women’s D-I college basketball tournament played at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera south of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and the Preseason and Postseason WNIT played at host schools in the United States. For more information on TCS visit www.triplecrownsports.com.