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