SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 2021 Summit League Volleyball Championship takes place April 2-3 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The tournament champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship.
As the top seed, Denver will be playing fourth-seeded Omaha at 2:30 p.m. CT in the opening semifinal of the championship. The Mavericks earned the No. 4 seed for the second-consecutive season and look to make it to the championship match for the second-straight year. Omaha upset top-seeded South Dakota in the 2019 semifinals to advance to the program’s second-ever championship match. The Mavericks handed Denver one of its two losses this season back on Feb. 1 with a 3-1 victory to split the series in Denver.
In its first season back with the Summit League, Kansas City earned the No. 2 seed and will play in Friday’s second semifinal at 6 p.m. CT and will take on No. 3 seed and 2019 regular-season champion South Dakota.
The winners of Friday’s semifinal matches will play Saturday’s championship match at 2 p.m. Saturday’s championship match will be televised live on MidcoSN and streamed on Midco Sports Plus and ESPN+.
A ticket for entry into Friday’s semifinal matches will be $20 and will include admission for both matches. Saturday’s Championship ticket will be $10. All seating will remain general admission and limited to designated, socially distanced areas. There will be no student price for tickets and children two and under can get in free.
Summit League Volleyball Championship
April 2, 2021
2:30 p.m. – Denver 3, Omaha 0
6 p.m. – South Dakota 3, Kansas City 2
April 3, 2021
2 p.m. - South Dakota 3, Denver 2
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament Augustana men's and women's basketball and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
No stranger to the Summit
Although this is the first time the Sanford Pentagon has hosted this tournament, the venue is plenty familiar to the Summit League. The Pentagon hosted the conference basketball tournament in March and has hosted several regular-season Summit League volleyball matches over the years. Also, Summit League headquarters are located just a couple hundred yards from the Pentagon on the Sanford Sports Complex.
The Pentagon is the place for volleyball
The Sanford Pentagon is home to year-round volleyball programming via the Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy and the Sanford Pentagon Volleyball Club. That includes hosting a series of club tournaments, a high school classic and college action. The Pentagon hosted the NCAA Division II national championship in 2016 and is salted to do so again in 2024.
On April 10-11, the Pentagon and adjacent Sanford Fieldhouse will host more than 150 club teams for the annual Sanford Pentagon AAU Grand Prix.
These will be the first matches played on the Pentagon's new volleyball-specific floor in Heritage Court Arena. The surface is a material called Taraflex, which has long been favored by the Olympics.
Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? Great Shots and Blue Rock Bar and Grill are open on the Sanford Sports Complex campus. The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.