Men’s Volleyball Joins Continental Volleyball Conference
Kenosha, Wisc. – Marymount University’s men’s volleyball team has joined the Continental Volleyball Conference, as announced on Wednesday. The Saints are one of three new members to join the volleyball-only conference and will field a team beginning with the 2013-14 campaign.
“We look forward to competing in the Continental Volleyball Conference,” head coach Shawn Patchell said. “I have worked closely with the commissioner and fellow coaches of the CVC and am happy to compete alongside my new colleagues in this very competitive conference.”
With the addition of Marymount, along with fellow newcomers Dominican (Ill.) and Lakeland, the CVC increases its membership to 13 teams. Other programs include founding members Cairn, Carthage, Fontbonne, Eastern Mennonite, Juniata, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Saint Joseph, UC Santa Cruz, Stevenson and Thiel.
One of the top Division III men’s volleyball conferences in the country, the CVC closed out its inaugural 2012 season with three teams ranked in the top-five nationally by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. National runner-up Carthage was second, with UCSC third and Juniata fifth.
"The CVC and our core members are excited to renew our commitment to one another and to support the growth of Division III men's volleyball with the addition of these three new programs,” said CVC Commissioner Gary Williams. “The goal from day one was to create a conference that promoted nationally competitive volleyball, a commitment to supporting the growth of the sport in Division III and to provide a schedule and conference structure that was fiscally sound and promotes the welfare of our student-athletes."
Marymount announced the addition of men’s volleyball as a varsity sport for the 2013-14 season in January of 2012. Patchell was hired as the program’s inaugural head coach in July.
Marymount remains a full member in the Capital Athletic Conference in all other NCAA sports. The CAC does not sponsor men’s volleyball as a league sport.