CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For the volleyball teams throughout the state, the Civic Center Volleyball Showcase is a big opportunity on several fronts.
All of the teams play two additional matches, get to see their competition throughout the season and possibly post-season all under one roof, and play on the same court that the State Tournament is held.
Thirty-six high school teams will play at the Civic Center spread out over three days with four courts available in three-team matches.
Competition began on Tuesday, and will run through Thursday. All tri-matches begin at 6 p.m.
Most of the local teams are playing in the Showcase. Riverside and Buffalo played on Tuesday with Herbert Hoover, Capital, Charleston Catholic, and South Charleston slated for action tonight.
On Thursday, Sissonville, George Washington, Winfield, Nitro, and St. Albans will be competing in different tri-matches.
First year St. Albans Coach Scott James sees the showcase as a big event on several different levels.
"I think it's awesome anytime you can promote the sport of volleyball and the individual athletes in a showcase type of event like this," James said.
"It allows us to get our play in, and gives us an opportunity to scout teams we normally don't get to see.