Posted On: 01/20/18 11:08 AM

A pair of local club tournaments will feature most of the top teams in the state Sunday as the club season begins to ramp up for 2018.

It starts Sunday morning with the Performance VBC Nike Challenge, which features Premier’s Gold teams in the 15, 17 and 18 age division along with the top 18s team from Performance and the Nebraska ONE 171 Titanium squad.

Later in the after, the first round of the Heartland Cup Power League begins at the Nebraska Elite volleyball facility. The two older divisions – 16/17 and 17/18 – basically feature the top squads from VCNebraska, Nebraska Elite and Nebraska Juniors.

Here is a quick preview of what to expect and look for in each tournament.

The Performance VCB Nike Challenge is a five-team round robin that should produce some really good matches.

At 8 a.m., Premier 17 Gold will take on Premier 15 Gold. At the season-opening Mizuno Premier Showcase, 17 Gold swept 15 Gold, so it will be interesting to see if that lights a fire under the younger team. In preseason national club rankings, Premier 15 Gold is #18 in its age division while 17 Gold is #38 nationally in its age

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