Club volleyball directors talk about impact of Cape Girardeau SportsPlex

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Featuring 12 regulation volleyball courts and covering 121,000 square feet, the Cape Girardeau SportsPlex has expanded the horizons for the local club volleyball scene.

Pursuit Volleyball and NSSC Volleyball Club call the SportsPlex home.

NSSC Club Director Carl Ritter said he runs about eight large tournaments at the complex every club season.

“I have teams coming in from Nashville, Tennessee, all over a five-state area to come in and play,” he said. “It’s brought a quality facility to kids in our area that they normally didn’t have, and it’s allowed us to stay closer to home and minimize travel, which parents like because it minimizes their expenses.” 

On a similar token, Pursuit Volleyball Club Director Julie Kinnaman said having a facility like the SportsPlex has helped establish Cape Girardeau as both a tournament and tourist destination.

“I think we’re really lucky to bring in visitors from the neighboring states because Cape is so unique and it’s kind of putting us on the map a little bit with this facility,” she said. “We’re very blessed to be able to call this our home, but the visitors have a lot to look forward to coming to Cape because it’s such a cool little town. It has that small town feel, but it’s a big city atmosphere, so it’s kind of cool.”

Ritter also recruits for Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo. He said he has seen an increase in kids playing club volleyball and taking advantage of the opportunities it presents. 

“The club experience has brought these kids to a different level of play, and it allows them to be seen by recruiters such as myself,” he said. “It definitely helps kids prepare for the future and get their school paid for maybe eventually as a collegiate player.” 

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