FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Athletics Communications
NEW LONDON, N.H. – The Colby-Sawyer College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the addition of men's volleyball to its varsity sport offerings, which will begin competition in the 2018-19 academic year.
Colby-Sawyer will also add women's rugby, as the two additions will bring Colby-Sawyer's varsity sport offerings to 23.
The move to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) in 2018 by Colby-Sawyer College coincides with the decision to add men's volleyball. The GNAC currently has eight teams in the sport; Regis College will join in 2017 and Colby-Sawyer in 2018. The men's volleyball schedule normally takes place from mid- to late-January to mid-April.
The conference's annual tournament champion receives and automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
"It is with great pleasure that we introduce men's volleyball and women's rugby as the next varsity sports at Colby-Sawyer College," said Co-Athletic Director George Martin. "Men's volleyball is a growing sport in the United States at the high school level, and Colby-Sawyer can be part of that growth as we look to welcome a new, diverse group of students to New London. In addition, as we transition to a new home in the GNAC, we can join our new conference colleagues in this great sport."
"We're very excited to announce the addition of men's volleyball and women's rugby to Colby-Sawyer's varsity offerings," said Co-Athletic Director Bill Foti. "After a thoughtful study, we determined that they are a perfect complement to our other 21 offerings. Men's volleyball is a GNAC sponsored sport and women's rugby is recognized as an emerging sport with the NCAA. With dedicated facilities for both sports, these additions should be very popular with potential recruits."
Rugby as a club sport has been a staple at Colby-Sawyer since it was established in 1998 and has seen much success. The team, which boasts a 75-48 program record, is currently affiliated with the New England Rugby Football Union (NERFU) and has won five conference titles. Colby-Sawyer also has five divisional second place finishes and five non-conference spring 7s championships.
National searches for coaches will begin shortly.
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