Spiked again; MSHSL fails to sanction boy's volleyball as high school sport

It's now failed in three attempts before league Representative Assembly
No boy's volleyball
Boy's volleyball will have to wait to gain MSHSL status Photo credit Getty Images

For the third time, the Minnesota State High School League has voted against adding boy's volleyball as a sanctioned sport.

Tuesday's vote by the league's Representative Assembly was 31-17, which is one vote short of approval.

Last spring's vote was two short.

Boy's volleyball is a club sport among Minnesota's high school-aged student athletes.

Officials say there are now 55 club teams in Minnesota with about 1,400 boys taking part.

The effort to sanction boy's volleyball as a high school sport has received some high-level support, including University of Minnesota volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, along with Governor Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz, whose son plays club volleyball.

Minnesota has been offering girls high school volleyball since 1974.

There are now three classes of Minnesota girl's volleyball, with its state tournament held in front of large crowds at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.