COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 7, 2020) – USA Volleyball has selected Phoenix to host its 2021 High Performance Championship (HPC) on July 21-25. The event showcases players who are rising stars in the USA Volleyball National Team pipeline.

Teams will compete at the Phoenix Convention Center in the heart of downtown.

“We were delighted to select Phoenix to host our 2021 High Performance Championship,” said USAV President and CEO Jamie Davis. “We look forward to bringing the future stars of Team USA to a city with a passion for sport.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with USA Volleyball and Team USA as we welcome the 2021 High Performance Volleyball Championship next summer in downtown Phoenix,” said Lorne Edwards, senior vice president of sales & service for Visit Phoenix. “We are excited to welcome these incredible athletes to our city, which has a long history of successfully hosting a variety of marquee sporting events. As we look to the future and a return to normal life after this pandemic, it is important that we work collaboratively with our partners to safely welcome back these events that impact our community.”

The USA Volleyball High Performance Championship puts the spotlight on boys and girls teams from the USAV National Team pipeline, regional high performance teams, and teams from foreign countries. In the last few years, girls U18 and boys U19 national teams from Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico have competed along with those from the United States. Approximately 145 teams attended the 2019 Championship.

Prior to the HPC competition, athletes from the USA Volleyball National Team pipeline will vie for spots on the top teams in their age groups in a five-day training camp on July 16-20, which will also be at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“The High Performance Championship is a special event that brings together the very best age-group athletes from across the country to compete with and against their peers,” said USAV Chief of Sports Dr. Peter Vint. “These ‘Best v Best’ opportunities create unique challenges that can accelerate the development of these promising young players, some of whom may someday represent our country as members of our National Teams.”

Among the current U.S. National Team players who competed in the HP Championship are Tori Dixon, Lauren Carlini, Megan Courtney, Morgan Hentz, Kathryn Plummer, Aaron Russell and T.J. DeFalco.

The Phoenix Convention Center has previously hosted the USAV Boys Junior National Championship and the USAV Open National Championship.