Competition for top players has never been more fierce between colleges, and that race for talent has filtered to the club level.
The rising stakes in collegiate volleyball also ratchets up competition among clubs.
Whereas one club may have distinguished itself in a region, more and more are cropping up — and players aren’t shy about making the switch. Just as college coaches aggressively recruit elite players, many club coaches and administrators are also constantly working to upgrade their teams.
But buyer beware.
Steve Suttich of Oregon Juniors Volleyball Academy hasn’t dealt with that problem much, but he’s taken the high road when the player wants to return.