The Southern California Volleyball Invitational has grown exponentially over the past 14 years and has become one of the top volleyball tournaments in the country. Hudl is excited to become the tournament’s title sponsor this year.
The tournament, held Oct. 14 and 15 in San Diego, will feature some of the nation’s top teams.
“It couldn’t be a better partnership,” tournament co-director Ariel Haas said. “As Hudl continues to grow their volleyball offerings and expand their product, we have the opportunity to get our tournament in front of their eyes. The ability to use technology is one of those ever-growing opportunities for growth that teams will look into. It’s the perfect partnership for both sides. I think it’s a win-win.”
The tournament began 14 years ago but truly took off once Haas got involved. A long-time club coach in California, Haas used his connections with local coaches to expand the tournament. Year by year, more of the top talent signed on, turning the tournament into an elite event.
“Our goal from the outset was to build it into a national powerhouse,” Haas said. “My problem in life is I don’t do anything small. When I do something, I go big, and in this case it seems to have worked.
“Every year we’ve grown both in size and caliber of teams. Part of that is because we take pride in the quality of tournament that we run. It’s clean, it’s organized and there are opportunities available there for players and coaches.”
The tournament consists of 64 teams, 32 of which are invited to the Division 1 competition. Eight of MaxPreps’ top 150 schools in the nation will be present, including No. 9 Hamilton (Ariz.) and No. 42 Pleasant Grove (Utah). The event will also showcase a bevy of highly-rated recruits, including No. 1 prospect Lexi Sun.
The Division 2 bracket consists of 32 teams that sign up with the hopes of moving to the Division 1 level the following year.