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Sweet Tea Challenge a Success in Hoover, AL



On the eve of MLK weekend, 93 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 12-18 girls divisions and is the third event in the Hype Nation 2022 season. Because there were six age divisions there must come six tournament champions, including a home-state club to take home the big ‘W’.

“Sending everyone a big THANK YOU for attending the inaugural Sweet Tea Challenge this past weekend,” said Troy Helton, Hype Nation Partner. “We had 20 different clubs representing several states… and just in our first year! I think we laid a great foundation for the future. 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.

Tournament Champions by Division:

  • 12 Girls: Smith Lake Juniors 12-2
  • 13 GIrls: Smith Lake Juniors 13-1
  • 14 Girls: BVC 14-1 Lance
  • 15 Girls: AL Juniors 15 National
  • 16 Girls: NASA 161
  • 18 Girls: BVC 17-1 Header

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

Winning team from Sweet Tea Challenge
Sweet Tea Challenge Winners

For teams or clubs interested in attending the second annual Sweet Tea Challenge tournament, save the date for next year’s event currently scheduled for January 14-16, 2023.