Fort Valley State begins men's volleyball program

Fort Valley State University begins its inaugural season of men’s volleyball Saturday when FVSU takes on the King University Tornadoes in Bristol, Tenn.

FORT VALLEY — Fort Valley State University begins its inaugural season of men’s volleyball Saturday when FVSU takes on the King University Tornadoes in Bristol, Tennessee.

The addition of men’s volleyball to FVSU’s athletic department is part of a national strategic initiative created by the First Point Volleyball Foundation to increase diversity within the collegiate sport.

“It’s an awesome experience because we’re making history. We get to set the tone and inspire the next generation to want to get involved in men’s volleyball,” said Larry Wrather, FVSU men’s volleyball head coach. “We get to show young men that they can get involved in other sports beyond football, basketball or track. Having the opportunity to change a generational mindset is amazing and this is what we’re trying to do.”

The 2022 men’s volleyball team will field 11 freshmen and one sophomore.

This inaugural season has been in the making for two years.

In 2019, FVSU announced the establishment of the men’s team when the university received a $150,000 donation from First Point Volleyball and USA Volleyball.

“I would like to commend coach Jon Speraw, USA Volleyball, UCLA and Wade Gerard of First Point Volleyball for their vision and willingness to advocate for diversity and inclusion in this sport,” FVSU Athletic Director Anthony Holloman said.

“I am excited that Fort Valley State University will have the opportunity to build a championship level program and challenge its student athletes against the best competition.”

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