ABILENE, TX -

Cooper High School hosted the Abilene Youth Sports Association's volleyball showcase this afternoon, featuring a number of high school teams looking to not only improve on their skills and compete for the championship, but impress some college coaches.

Fifteen high schools began play Friday afternoon in the AYSA's fifth annual tournament. Both Wylie and Cooper represented the Big Country in the 2 day 12 match event.

Three rounds of pool play Friday will seed teams into gold and silver bracket tournament play which will begin Saturday at noon leading to the championship match.

Between ten to fifteen collegiate scouts and coaches will be on hand for the event, using the tournament as a great way to scout local talent.

Jon Smith, the Executive Director of the Abilene Youth Sports Association, said event is a great way to help out the city of Abilene and its athletes.

"The tourism involved in sports tournaments is huge for the community," said Smith. "The large picture is to bring these teams here and to be in our community, but also to bring in teams and competition to our local teams so we're not always having to travel. So we bring them here to help our girls get ready too."