NAIA Volleyball Tournament to boost Sioux City economy

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The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is back in Sioux City for its 11th year of the championship. 

32 colleges from all around the country will compete at the Tyson Event Center for one championship trophy.

Most teams will stay and eat at the local restaurants and hotels downtown. 

Stoney Creek, for example, is hosting 2 teams that are participating in the game.

Lila Plambeck, the General Manager, says it’s about more than just teams.

“Not only do teams come an enjoy the local restaurants. But also their parents and relatives that
come to enjoy the games and enjoy the local downtown venues,” said Lila. 

Erika Newton, the General Manager of Tyson Events Center, said this is one of the most profitable evens here in Siouxland. 

“The tournament every year really provides a great economic impact for the city and for the businesses here. So we anticipated probably between 11 and 12 million dollars in economic impact during the 6 days of the tournament,” said Erika. 

Volleyball team members say they are excited to be here and they plan to experience more than did last year. We spoke to Kiley Mcmurtrui, a volley player from Eastern Oregon University, and she plans to experience more than she did last year.

“I think we just expect to come and have a good time. Just to really cap off our season with a good week of volleyball and just a good travel,” said Kiley. 

Click here to view the full schedule and bracket for the tournament. 

Looking at local teams, Morningside plays Park on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m on Court 1, Westmont on Court 2 at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and Embry-Riddle Thursday at 6:00 p.m. on Court 3.

Northwestern plays on Court 3 against Marian Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., McPherson Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. on Court 1, and against Rocky Mountain Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on Court 2. 

Dordt College plays Reinhardt Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. on Court 2, Corban on Court 3 on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., and versus The Master’s 8:00 p.m. on Thursday on Court 1.

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