Girls volleyball players line up to begin play

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 23, 2021) – There’s a new girls qualifier in town with a Western attitude.

The Salt Lake City Showdown Girls Junior National Qualifier is new for 2022 and will take place March 5-7 and March 11-13 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Utah, part of USA Volleyball’s Intermountain Region.

The event will qualify teams for both the 2022 Girls Junior National Championship and the Girls 18s Junior National Championship.

“Salt Lake is thrilled to have USA Volleyball back in our destination,” said Clay Partain, Managing Director, Sports Salt Lake. “With our new $4.1 billion Salt Lake City International Airport, vast array of hotel options, award winning restaurants and major attractions, the city will be an absolute perfect backdrop for an amazing event.”

“Our state has a rich legacy of hosting elite-level volleyball events,” said Utah Sports Commission President and CEO Jeff Robbins. “We are thrilled to welcome USA Volleyball back to Utah: State of Sport.”

The Salt Lake City Showdown will be one of the 12 qualifiers around the country for the 2022 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championship, which will be in Indianapolis on June 23-July 4,  and one of the 16 qualifiers for the USA Volleyball Girls 18s Junior National Championship, which will be in Phoenix on April 22-24.

“We have been working to make sure teams have plenty of opportunities around the country to qualify for Nationals,” said USAV Events Director Kristy Cox. “We look for the Salt Lake City Showdown to become a premier event on the USAV calendar and know that the city will be a great destination for our athletes and fans.”