World's largest volleyball event with 27,000 players set to begin in Orlando

The world’s largest volleyball event begins Monday in Orlando, as the top AAU teams from around the country will play in the 42nd Annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.

Organizers say around 27,000 players — and 5,600 coaches — will play on 183 courts and about 100,000 spectators and 400 college coaches are expected to watch the 12,000-plus matches that’ll take place over the 12-day tournament.

The top teams expected include Mizuno Northern Lights from Minneapolis, KIVA from Louisville, A5 from Atlanta, Sports Performance from Chicago and Munciana from Indianapolis.

A handful of’s Top 100 seniors will also be in attendance. Sixth-ranked Tionna Williams (Wisconsin), 24th-ranked Kenzie Maloney (Nebraska) and 26th-ranked Carly Skjodt (Michigan) are expected.

“These elite players epitomize what AAU volleyball is all about,” said Dr. Roger J. Goudy, the AAU President/CEO, in a statement. “They uphold the tradition of excellence both on and off the court and are sure to make their mark on the college ranks.”

Teams will range from the under-10 to under-18 age groups, with five divisions for different levels of play.

The 2012 event set the Guinness Book of World Record mark for the largest volleyball event in the world.

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