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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

This weekend around 150 junior volleyball teams from across the southeast will face off in Myrtle Beach. This is the fourth year for the Winter Bump Volleyball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The tournament lasts all weekend and according to Alex Sing, the director, it should draw thousands of people to the area, which means a busy weekend for the hospitality industry.

"There will probably be 4,500 people in town this weekend for three days," Sing said. "So yeah it'll be a great impact to the restaurants, the hotels local businesses. They'll definitely see a big push this weekend."

Planners expect the tournament to have around a $2 million impact on the Grand Strand. Sing also started the Grand Strand Juniors, Myrtle Beach's volleyball club. He said he started both to get experience for the local volleyball players and exposure for the sport.

Larry Church, the head volleyball head coach for Myrtle Beach High School, said the effect of both in just a few years is obvious.

"We've had multiple attempts at state championships and we've brought two state championships back to the area and I think it's in large part due to club volleyball," Church explained.

Church and Sing credit the Grand Strand Juniors and events like the Winter Bump for the recent state titles won by North Myrtle Beach High School and the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. Church said seeing competition from states as far away as Michigan in the Winter Bump make region and state play easier for grand strand players when they get into their regular seasons.

"That top competition you know, if you speak to any sport, but volleyball especially. The speed of the game is where they'll see the biggest benefit is adjusting to that speed," Church added.

According to Sing, the tournament has grown from around 30 teams four years ago to nearly 250 this year. In fact it's split between the Charleston Convention Center and Myrtle Beach. Sing says he expects the tournament to grow even more when the Myrtle Beach Sports Complex is finished.

The tournament runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 8 a.m. until after 3 p.m. on Monday. You can buy a day pass for $7 and a weekend pass for $15. Several teams from the Grand Strand Juniors will play this weekend.

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