Presented by the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and hosted by American International College, the 6th Annual Spalding VolleyHall Classic Elite Girls High School Tournament took place on Columbus Day in Springfield, MA.
The VolleyHall Classic featured two dozen of the top HS teams in the Northeast, as well as a plethora of SMASH Volleyball Club talent. In the Gold bracket alone, twenty current or former SMASH players battled for the tourney title during the 11-hour event.
The Gold quarterfinal featured a rematch of last year's Massachusetts D1 state final, with Newton North knocking out Hopkinton 25-15. The defending MA state champion Tigers were then eliminated 25-23 by state semi-finalist Barnstable in the first Gold semifinal. Three-time defending New Hampshire state champs Hollis-Brookline bounced undefeated Hudson Catholic of New Jersey in the second semi before losing to Barnstable in the Gold final. This marked Hollis-Brookline's second straight finals appearance, and Barnstable's third consecutive tournament crown (and fourth overall).