Sweet Tea Challenge

'Tea' up your hit with Hype Nation in the Sweet Tea Challenge

Sweet Tea Challenge is an annual tournament presented by HYPE Nation at the Hoover Met Complex January 13-15, 2024. Join us on MLK weekend for three days of unforgettable competition. This event is open to USAV, AAU, and JVA teams.

Event Details:

  • Age Divisions: 10U-18U, Open & Club
  • Cost: $395
  • Location: Hoover, AL

Check out our recap from 2023!

On the eve of MLK weekend, 114 volleyball teams from seven surrounding cities and states gathered to sign in to compete at the Sweet Tea Challenge in Hoover, Alabama. The event was held at the SFM-managed Hoover Metropolitan Complex over the three-day holiday weekend and they welcomed over 1,200 spectators. This tournament included six girls divisions and is the third event in the Hype Nation 2023 season. 

“Sending everyone a big THANK YOU for attending the inaugural Sweet Tea Challenge this past weekend,” said Troy Helton, Hype Nation Partner. “We had 18 different clubs representing several states. We can’t wait to see this event grow each year. My favorite part of the weekend was seeing all the smiles, hugs, and laughter throughout the facility.”

Hype Nation would like to extend a special thank you and shout out to two of our event sponsors. Mikasa for providing the tournament balls for all games and 431 Sports who provided all of the champion medals. Without the support of our sponsors we wouldn’t be given the opportunity to work with other exceptional industry partners! Below is a list of the division champions from the Sweet Tea Challenge.

For a full list of scores from the Sweet Tea Challenge event, click here.


10-12 Girls: BRAVO 12 Black

13 Girls: BRAVO 13 Black

14 Girls: Southern Elite 14 Crimson

15 Girls: Champions 15-1

16 Girls: BRAVO 16 Black

17/18 Girls: Sharks 18-1

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HOTELS: We are happy to provide discounted hotel room rates in partnership with AwayTeam Travel. If you require assistance with booking your lodging, contact AwayTeam Travel at support@awayteamtravel.com, or call 813-591-5259.

STAY TO PLAY: As a Reminder, all Hype Nation events are “Stay-to-Play” events. All teams must book accommodation’s via AwayTeam Travel. AwayTeam Travel is HYPE Nation’s official housing provider. Failure to comply with this requirement may lead to revocation of a team’s acceptance in the tournament. It is a “Stay-to-Play” for teams outside the 75 mile area.


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Hoover Met Complex


Located at the Hoover Met Complex, The Finley Center is a state-of-the-art 155,000 square foot sports complex and event venue. With 83,000 square feet of continuous space, the facility can transform to fit the demands of events both large and small, including sports tournaments, banquets, trade shows, recreation programs, and community gatherings.

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