Multi-state boys volleyball qualifier to be held next weekNov 14, 2022 11:51AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Boys volleyball has been increasing in popularity in Utah for years and now they are becoming a bigger player in hosting tournaments. The AAU Super Regionals will be held in four locations in Utah Nov. 18-19 with the Boys Junior Nationals coming later next summer. Photo courtesy Warren Van Schalkwyk
On Nov. 18-19, nearly 90 boys club volleyball teams from seven states will compete in the seventh annual Utah Boys Volleyball AAU Super Regional to qualify for the AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Florida next summer.
Club GSL Director Warren Van Schalkwyk has been heading up a “massive effort” by countless people to host this event. “To be running a tournament of this size, in four locations, with seven states and 86 teams is just surreal,” said Van Schalkwyk. “We are so grateful to the entire volleyball community, including coaches, administrators, parents and athletes for all their tireless work and help.”
Twenty-seven teams from Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington will join 59 teams from Utah, representing Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, Wasatch and Washington counties to play in age divisions from 14 through 18. Play will be held at four locations, including the Utah Athletic Center in Woods Cross, Utah Hive in Farmington, F5 in Syracuse and Club V South in Lindon.
Hosting this tournament shows the continual upward trajectory that boys volleyball has been demonstrating over the years, particularly since the inception of the UBVA eight years ago.
“It’s been an incredible honor to have been part of the growth of boys volleyball in Utah,” Van Schalkwyk said. “Our goal has always been to grow and promote boys volleyball in our state. This year, our team’s efforts resulted in the sanctioning of high school boys volleyball in Utah which is a massive win for everyone involved. I think it’s finally safe to say that boys volleyball has arrived in Utah.”
More information about the Super Regional can be found at www.ubva.info.
This tournament will be a precursor for the 2023 Boys Junior National Championships which Salt Lake is scheduled to host next summer.λ