The Coastal Classic Volleyball Championships will be returning to the Myrtle Beach area June 7-9 for the seventh consecutive year.
The tournament, hosted by the Grand Strand Juniors Volleyball Club, is an AAU Super-Regional tourney that will feature several teams with an expected attendance of close to 3,000.
“This year is going to be the strongest field we’ve had to date,” said Alex Sing, Grand Strand Juniors director. “We’ve got over 115 teams coming from all over the Southeast, from states such as Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Florida … we’ve got North and South Carolina and also a team coming from Canada.”
Female teams ages 12-18 will compete Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Indoor finals will kick off Sunday at 8 a.m.. Monday will feature over 50 doubles teams competing in the Sand Championship, held at 9th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach.
Tournaments, such as this one, have strengthened area players and teams over the years, Sing said.
“It’s been a great benefit, a tremendous benefit,” Sing said. “The girls have seen volleyball at the highest level so it’s prepared them to go play in college. We’ve had probably 30 girls over the last seven years go play college volleyball.”
While the Coastal Classic has been a huge benefit for the Juniors, Sing said the team is eyeing a bigger prize.
“We’re kind of coming to the end of our club season that started in November, and this is what we call ‘championship season,’ ” Sing said. “The girls will play in the Coastal Classic Championships [this weekend] and then in two weeks they will go down to Florida and play in the AAU National Championships.”
Tickets are $15 for the weekend or $9 per day.