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Presidents’ Cup this weekend

The 14th annual Presidents’ Cup girls volleyball tournament will be held throughout the area on Saturday and Sunday.

Tournament director Howard Garcia said AAU teams from seven states and Canada will converge on the Dayton metro area.

More than 400 teams and 4,000 players from Ohio, Virginia, New York, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Canada are committed.

Presidents’ Cup play also is extended to several Columbus sites.

Locally, age-group teams will compete at the Dayton Convention Center, the University of Dayton, Wright State University and the South Metro athletic complex in Centerville.

The event will be held on 67 volleyball courts, 40 at Columbus and 27 locally.

“It’s really established in the tri-state area and has a life of its own,” Garcia said. “Unfortunately, there’s not enough facilities and courts in the area, which is why we had to reach out to Columbus.”

Teams are divvied into age groups of 12 years old (UD Rec Plex), 13’s (South Metro Sports), 14’s (WSU McLin Gym), a combined 15-17 (Convention Center) and 18 (UD Frerick’s Center). All teams are guaranteed seven games.

Besides offering top-level competition, the Presidents’ Cup serves as a prime recruiting opportunity for college coaches.

Bracket play begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is all pool play. Teams will advance to championship gold, silver and bronze brackets on Sunday. Finals are slated for Sunday night at all the locations.

The tournament is sponsored by Dayton Juniors Volleyball and is free to the public.

For more information, see the website

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