MYRTLE BEACH,S.C. (WMBF) -
More than 120 juniors volleyball teams, along with an estimated 2,500 spectators are expected to converge on the Grand Strand this weekend for the Winter Bump volleyball classic.
Like many ideas, this tournament was born from the director of the Grand Strand Juniors' desire to grow the game of volleyball, locally.
"Our club is eight years old now," reflected
Alex Sing, Director of Grand Strand Juniors?
. "We wanted to expose the area girls to a higher level of competition and one of the ways of doing that is hosting a tournament here."
What started with just 30 teams nearly a decade ago, is now one of the biggest volleyball tournaments in the state.
"Oh my gosh. I guess years ago, Alex started using just a few REC centers and moved the event into the convention center where he could lay 16 courts down,"
said Mark Beale, Sports Sales Manager.
But the action is not just here on the Grand Strand, Sing has sites all over the Palmetto State including in Charleston and Spartanburg. The tournament is expected to generate more than $3 million for South Carolina's economy.
"We have the biggest part here in Myrtle Beach which is 128 teams coming from as far away as Michigan," said Sing. "We've got Ohio, we've got an Illinois represented. You'll see some of the best volleyball you'll probably ever experience at a junior level."
The Winter Bump will play on through the weekend until a champion is crowd in the finals on Monday.