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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –
The International Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Mass., will host the inaugural Boys VolleyHall Classic on April 30 at Springfield College, in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball National Championship Final.
The IVHF's High School Boys VolleyHall Classic will consist of 16 of the best teams from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The top teams in this first-ever tournament include: 2016 MIAA champion Framingham
; 2015 MIAA champ Needham
; 2014 MIAA champ Newton South
; 2013 champion Agawam
; 2015-2016 Western Massachusetts champion and state finalist Westfield;
and 2015 RIIL Division 1 champ Coventry
Springfield-area teams that will participate include Athol
, Chicopee Comp
, East Longmeadow
The event will be held at Springfield's Blake Physical Education Complex. Play begins at 8 a.m. and will feature pool play followed by playoffs. The full tournament schedule may be found at VolleyHallClassic.com.
As part of their entry, all participating teams will receive tickets to the NCAA championship match starting at 4 p.m. at Blake Arena.
"It's really terrific to see so many of the top boys high school teams at this event in its first year," said two-time Western Mass. champion and Westfield coach Tyler Wingate.
"Our program really goes out of its way to schedule tough teams during the season, and it's a great opportunity to play so many in one place at this event. Being able to have our guys watch the national championship after the tournament is just icing on the cake."MaxPreps National Boys Volleyball Rankings