Conference Carolinas Welcomes Men’s Volleyball as an Emerging Sport

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Conference Carolinas welcomes the worldwide growing game of men's volleyball as a new conference sport for the 2010 season. While all league members currently sponsor women's volleyball teams, this is the first year that enough schools are sponsoring teams for men's volleyball to become a qualified conference emerging sport.

The men's volleyball regular season starts in late January and will culminate with a two team conference championship. The conference championship will be hosted by the highest remaining seeded team on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Teams sponsoring men's volleyball this year that will compete in league play will be Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, Pfeiffer University, and King College*. Follow Conference Carolinas men's volleyball throughout the season at http://www.conferencecarolinas.com/sports/mvball/index.

*- Affiliate conference member for men's volleyball.

Men's Volleyball 'Athletes to Watch' for 2010

Lees-McRae: Juan Ramirez, Jr., Setter, Miami, FL & Chad Mercado, Jr., Middle Blocker, Orlando, FL

Limestone: Scott Schweihoffer, Jr., Outside Hitter, Marysville, MI & James Dorr, Fr., Outside Hitter, Spokane, WA

Mount Olive: Noel Garcia, Sr., Outside Hitter, Havana, Cuba & Jose Lanier, Sr., Middle Hitter, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Pfeiffer: Micah Bortner, Fr., Outside Hitter, Dallastown, PA & Evan Fullerton, Fr., Setter, Ambridge, PA

King: Ariel Apolinario, Sr., Middle Blocker, Miami, FL & Joel Salva, Jr., Setter, Lake Mary, FL

Conference Carolinas sponsors championship sports in men's & women's cross country, men's & women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's & women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's & women's tennis, men's & women's golf, men's & women's lacrosse and men's & women's outdoor track & field. Members of the league include: Anderson University (Anderson, SC); Barton College (Wilson, NC); Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC); Coker College (Hartsville, SC); Converse College (Spartanburg, SC); Erskine College (Due West, SC); Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk, NC); Limestone College (Gaffney, SC); Mount Olive College (Mount Olive, NC); Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer, NC); Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC); and St. Andrews Presbyterian College (Laurinburg, NC).

Conference Carolinas is a proud member of the NCAA and Division II. Division II is a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, institutions, and conferences of varying sizes and educational missions. Division II members encourage and support diversity; value sportsmanship, fairness and equity; and place the highest priority on the overall educational excellence of the student-athlete.