Boys state volleyball to join girls at Resch Center

Volleyballs at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon Nov. 3, 2017. (WLUK file photo)

STEVENS POINT (WLUK) – Since 2000 the boys state volleyball tournament has been held at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, but Wednesday th WIA Board of Control voted to end that run.

Starting in 2019, the boys state volleyball tournament will be played at the same time as the girls state tournament at the Resch Center.

The field will be comprised of eight teams, with quarterfinals starting Thursday in the morning, while the girls semifinals will run in the evening.

"It's new and different for volleyball, but if you think about it we conduct boys and girls cross country, track and field, ice hockey all the same time, same weekend and so on," WIAA Board of Director Dave Anderson said. "While it's different for volleyball, it's not entirely unique and different for the WIAA, but we're very excited for the potential that we hope exists in bringing them together the Resch Center."

The Resch Center has been home to the girls state volleyball tournament since 2002, but by adding the boys state tournament in 2019 the girls will have to step aside and share the spotlight.

"To bring more volleyball to the area will help the area schools with volleyball," Manitowoc athletics director and Board of Control member Dave Steavpack said. "I'm excited for that, but my concern is I don't want to take away from the girls and the special event that it is for them."

The Resch Center is seen as a better venue than Wisconsin Lutheran College.

"Giving them a better venue to experience the state tournament feel is really important," Steavpack said. "Hopefully that will increase the state tournament numbers or the tournament numbers overall for boys volleyball."

  • Additionally, the BOC approved so seed the top four teams in Division 1 of the girls state tournament. The eight Division 1 coaches of qualifying teams will determine the seeds with the remaining four teams randomly drawn as opponents, identical to the procedure used for the boys state tournament since 2012.

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