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    Men's volleyball, along with cheer and dance, coming to Viterbo Featured

    Written by WKTY staff
    Amelia Grahn back sets a teammate last weekend in helping No. 1-ranked Viterbo get to 20-0. Photo: ViterboAthletics.com Amelia Grahn back sets a teammate last weekend in helping No. 1-ranked Viterbo get to 20-0. Photo: ViterboAthletics.com

    Over the last 11 seasons, the Viterbo University women's volleyball team hasn't won less than 28 games.

    Since 2006, the V-Hawks have become a powerhouse and are currently ranked No. 1 in the NAIA and 20-0.

    So, the obvious logical step would be to add men's volleyball, of course. Beginning in the fall of 2018, that's precisely what Viterbo will do, adding men's volleyball along with cheer and dance.

    "We're going to kind of parlay the success of the women's volleyball program that we've had to the men's program," Viterbo athletic director Barry Fried said. "Particular, in the other part of the state, Madison, Milwaukee, even the Chicago area, it's really popular. We just think it's a sport here that will be successful."

    Right now, the NAIA has 34 men's volleyball teams all over the country -- eight of those in Iowa, five more in Illinois and one in Milwaukee.

    The NAIA would need 10 more teams for men's volleyball to become a national championship sport.

    Fried added that there is minimal aid they can give to students to entice them to play men's volleyball.

    As for dance, Fried would like to get the community involved in its development.

    "We're looking to build some collaborations in the community here with some of those studios," he said.

    VITERBO WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
    RECORDS
    2005: 14-21
    2006: 30-15
    2007: 29-13
    2008: 28-16
    2009: 31-11
    2010: 38-5
    2011: 36-8
    2012: 36-8
    2013: 33-12 
    2014: 39-9
    2015: 40-5
    2016: 42-3
    2017: 20-0

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