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NAIA Volleyball National Championship players and fans making economic impact

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

We're at the end of the first day of the NAIA National Volleyball Tournament, in Sioux City.

As usual, the tournament has drawn quite the crowd from all across the country.

They got to witness all of the championship-caliber teams, tonight, for the "Tournament of Champions" ceremony, which kicks off the tournament.

Dozens of schools, from across the country, make their way to Sioux City every year-- some more often than others.

One of those schools, the College of Coastal Georgia, has qualified for the championship two of the last three years.

Their players say making the cross-country trip to Sioux City has its benefits.

"We've always made really good memories as a team just like going to the restaurants or memories in the hotel sitting around and then obviously here," said College of Coastal Georgia senior, Cayley Meyners.

"It's just really cool playing in a huge arena with people you've played with like all four years, in our case, so it's fun making memories."

With an influx of players, coaches, and fans-- for both the national volleyball and basketball championships, every year-- local hotels and businesses are happy to accommodate all those sports fans.

"When we have a great event like this at Tyson, we always make sure we have enough staff," says Famous Dave's manager, Juan Garcia.

"Because it's not a normal day for us, it's actually going to be a really good day, because we know that many people will come to the restaurant after or before the game."

The NAIA volleyball championships will be going on throughout the week.

The championship match will be Saturday night at 7:00pm.

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