The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has announced that 1,126 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2018-2019 season. The Greenville men’s and women’s volleyball programs were among those who received the designation. The men’s program took an honor roll spot with one of the five best GPA’s among the nation’s college men’s teams.
The men’s volleyball team honored its five seniors in a pre-match ceremony on its Hawaiian Night. Before the match, Greenville recognized seniors Nick Corrigan, Tanner Smith, Peter Binder, Johnny Milabu, and Kyle Ward who have been in the men’s volleyball program since the inception of the program in 2016.
The men's volleyball recorded a four-set win over North Park on Saturday at H.J. Long Gymnasium. The Panthers won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-21 before falling in the third set 25-23, and finishing the match with a 25-19 win in the final set.
The men’s volleyball team managed to take a set from North Central on Saturday afternoon, but the Panthers came up short 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-15 in a match against the NCAA Division III’s No. 8 ranked team.
The men's volleyball team split their matches against Lincoln on Wednesday night on the road. The Panthers defeated Lincoln's JV team in three sets to open the night but then dropped a four set match to Lincoln's varsity squad. Greenville played Lincoln at home earlier this season, winning the JV match and falling in a tight five setter.
The men's volleyball team got an early look at Fontbonne who competes against them as members of the MCVL, and the Panthers suffered a three-set loss at the hands of the Griffins in a non-conference match.
The men's volleyball team earned a pair of victories in the opening day of pool play at the NCCAA national invitational at Trinity Christian. The Panthers defeated Judson in four sets, followed by a three-set win over Brewton-Parker.
The men's volleyball team began the tenure of new head coach Chad Nelson with a win over North Park before falling in the second match of the night to Concordia Wisconsin in the opening matches of the program's fourth season.
The Greenville University men's volleyball program will begin play in 2020 as an associate member of the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. The CCIW will add men’s volleyball beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.
Giving back to the local community has long been a tenant of the Greenville University Athletic Department. In addition to supplying the region with the opportunity to enjoy high-caliber athletic competition with the majority of its events free of admission charges, Greenville University, its student-athletes, and coaches have long been active in organized community outreach opportunities through area entities such as the Simple Room and other service-based efforts.