SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Thousands have come to Sioux City this week to cheer on their teams in the NAIA Women’s National Volleyball Championship. It’s the fourth year Sioux City has played host to this event.
24 teams from across the country are taking part in the pool play tournament that leads to single elimination brackets. Tournament officials say teams like playing at the Tyson Events Center because they can play and practice in the same building. And they appreciate the support they get from fans in the stands.
“They appreciate having people watching them and you don’t have to have your team in the tournament. You can find a team and they will enjoy it. And bring your kids down, because it’s a great family thing to do,” said Corey Westra, NAIA Volleyball Tournament Co-Director.
So what kind of skills do these players need to take home a title? Kristie VerMulm ventured out on the volleyball court with some of the top athletes in their field to find out what it takes to play at this level.
The Taylor University Trojans from Upland, Indiana are making their seventh national tournament appearance. It’s their third straight year competing for a title in Sioux City.
“It’s a fun game to play,” said Coach Brittany Smith.
Smith, a former Taylor player herself, says volleyball is about momentum and teamwork.
“It’s a loud game. It’s a fast game. But, it’s ultimately a game of momentum. You’re building on the next play and the next play and the next play,” said Brittany Smith.
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