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Geneva Announces the Addition of Men’s Volleyball

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Beaver Falls, PA—Geneva College is excited to announce that it will be adding men’s volleyball to its list of varsity sports beginning in the spring of 2019.  With the addition of men’s volleyball, Geneva will now offer 17 athletic programs competing at the NCAA Division III level. 

Geneva will be joining the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) as an affiliate member, as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference does not offer competition in men’s volleyball.  The Golden Tornadoes will be joining the AMCC along with Hiram College, Thiel College and Wittenberg University.  These four schools will combine with existing AMCC men’s volleyball member schools D’Youville College, Medaille College, Penn State Altoona and Penn State Behrend to form an eight-team conference.

With eight members now in the conference, the AMCC will be eligible to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.  There is a two-year NCAA-mandated waiting period to become eligible for that automatic bid, so until the 2020-21 season arrives, the eight schools will compete for a conference title in a post-season tournament following a double round robin regular season, vying for a Pool C bid in the national tournament.

"We are thrilled to have Geneva men’s volleyball make their intercollegiate competition debut with the AMCC," remarked Commissioner Donna Ledwin in making the announcement.  “AMCC members have competed against their teams in many sports over the years, so we enjoy a strong level of familiarity with and respect for each other.  It’s a very good fit.”

Geneva has fielded a very strong club team in recent years, having tremendous success at the national tournament against club teams from some of the biggest NCAA Division I schools in the country.  The 2018-2019 season will mark the first time Geneva’s men’s volleyball program has competed at the varsity level.  Geneva expects to have a full time coach hired by June 1.

“We are extremely excited to announce the addition of men’s volleyball as a varsity sport,” Athletic Director Van Zanic stated.  “Our club volleyball program has enjoyed great success in recent years and the timing is right to make the move to varsity status.  We are very fortunate to be partnering with the AMCC as an affiliate member for volleyball along with some other great schools.  We look forward to great competition within the conference and to building our program quickly as a very competitive member within the AMCC.”

Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor. Offering over 80 traditional undergraduate majors and programs, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and classroom options, and high-demand graduate degrees, Geneva's programs are recognized for their high quality. U.S. News & World Report ranks Geneva as a Top Three Best Value Regional University with one of the Top 100 engineering programs in the nation. Adhering to the truth of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God’s Word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today’s world.

Jan 3, 2018