Pizza Hut, the official pizza of the NCAA, will settle the score once and for all this week with the first event in its Rivalry Challenge: the State Line Showdown—pitting youth volleyball teams featuring former University of Missouri volleyball star Molly Kreklow against former Kansas State University star Caitlyn Donahue—in a match on the Missouri-Kansas state line ahead of the NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.
"Great rivalries and debates are part of what make college sports so exciting," says Doug Terfehr, Sr. Director of Partnerships and Public Relations, Pizza Hut. "And as the Official Pizza of the NCAA, we know that many great sports debates have been settled over a few slices of pizza. We look forward to kicking off another thrilling NCAA championship season with the State Line Showdown."
The Pizza Hut State Line Showdown will take place at the Parkville Athletic Complex at 6014 MO-9 in Parkville, Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday. The event will be played under standard USA Volleyball rules, with Kreklow alongside Missouri's Club North Volleyball team and Donahue with Kansas-based Dynasty Volleyball Club. In addition to the State Line Showdown, Kreklow and Donahue will take part in fan events throughout the tournament weekend, as will Jason Zone Fisher, returning as the Pizza Hut All-American.
Pizza Hut Rivalry Challenges will continue at select NCAA championships throughout the 2017-2018 season, including:
- FCS Football
- National Collegiate Beach Volleyball
- DI, II & III Men's Lacrosse
- Women's College World Series
- Men's College World Series
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