VERT VOLLEYBALL CHALLENGE
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VERT Volleyball Challenge Tickets
First Held: 2015
Teams: Nebraska, Florida, Oregon, Texas
Hosts: Nebraska, Florida, Oregon, Texas
Dates: August or September
VERT Volleyball Challenge TicketsFour of the nation’s best college volleyball teams – Nebraska, Florida, Oregon and Texas – annually took part in the VERT Volleyball Challenge from 2015-2018, with each of team hosting one of the four editions. In all of those seasons, this event either opened each team’s schedule or was played during the campaign’s second weekend. Many viewed it as a possible preview of that season’s NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship. The action on the court was intense, and these matches also provided an opportunity for fans of this sport to experience it among some of volleyball’s best atmospheres. In 2018, all four of those schools ranked in the nation’s top 25 in average attendance. It’s unknown whether this event will be re-established in the future, but it was not held in 2019 after all four teams had played host to it one time. Get your tickets to all college volleyball events at StubHub.
When was the VERT Volleyball Challenge first held?Texas played host to the first VERT Volleyball Challenge in 2015. Florida proved to perform the best on this inaugural weekend. The Gators opened with a comprehensive sweep of Oregon, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20, and closed with an impressive win against the host Longhorns in 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24 sets. Florida was the only undefeated team at the 2015 VERT Volleyball, as Nebraska and Texas both went 1-1, and Oregon finished the competition with a 0-2 record.
When was the most recent VERT Volleyball Challenge held?The final scheduled edition of the VERT Volleyball Challenge was hosted by Nebraska in 2018. That year, it was Texas that performed at the highest level. The Longhorns defeated Oregon with scores of 25-22, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-18 and Florida with scores of 25-18, 21-25, 21-25, 25-21 and 15-10. Florida and Nebraska both went 1-1, and the Ducks were 0-2 at this event.
Who were the best players at the 2018 VERT Volleyball Classic?Texas’ Morgan Johnson had an outstanding weekend at the 2018 VERT Volleyball Classic, and she was rewarded for her efforts with tournament MVP honors. She contributed 14 blocks in her team’s pair of matches, including 11 in Texas’ 3-2 win against Florida. Johnson also had 17 kills in the two matches. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Mikaya White and Sydney Peterson, Florida’s Allie Gregory and Thayer Hall, Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke and Oregon’s Willow Johnson.
What conferences are the VERT Volleyball Classic participants in?The four sides that competed in this annual competition were from four of the most powerful volleyball leagues in the country, and they’ve all performed well in those conferences as well. Florida has won 24 SEC titles. Nebraska has claimed the Big Ten title three times since joining that league in 2011. Texas has dominated in the Big 12, having won eight championships between 2011-19. Oregon, while generally highly competitive in the Pac-12, is still looking for its first conference title. These four teams have also combined for seven national championships. Nebraska lifted that trophy on five occasions, and Texas has done so twice. Florida has played in the national championship match twice, and Oregon has played in this sport’s showcase contest on one occasion.
Where were VERT Volleyball Classic matches played?In 2015, Texas played host to this tournament at Gregory Gymnasium, a 4,000-capacity venue that has been home to the Longhorns since 1998. It was Oregon’s turn to host VERT Volleyball Classic ticket holders in 2016. Those matches were played at Matthew Knight Arena. Florida hosted the 2017 edition at Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O’Connell Center, a 10,151-capacity arena. Nebraska’s Devaney Center was the home venue for the 2018 VERT Volleyball Classic.
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