Volleyball’s History in Columbus
Columbus and Volleyball just go together
The Game is Built Here – Hilliard’s Sports Imports is the leading volleyball equipment provider in the country. Their equipment is used by more than 90% of all NCAA D1 programs.
Talent is Developed Here – The Ohio Valley Region (OVR) is USA Volleyball's largest region with 25,000 members. Covering Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, OVR has more than 190 clubs comprising 2,000 teams and has 500 professional officials in its ranks.
Champions are Crowned Here – Since 2000, Columbus has hosted nearly 20 national volleyball events through with more on the docket in coming years. That long list of events spans all ages and sexes and includes hosting part of seven NCAA tournaments and several USA Volleyball events.
It was the second time Columbus hosted the championship and it holds the record for largest crowd in the event’s history
Seven teams competed in the championships at the Covelli Center, where Hawaii was crowned the winner.
USA Volleyball’s Ohio Valley Region hosts tournaments at the Convention Center nearly every year.
482 adult teams competed in the championships at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in 2019.
Columbus is one of just two cities to host the NCAA Men’s and DI Women’s Volleyball Championships in the same year (2021). The other is Los Angeles, where both championships took place in 1984.
18,755 people attended the final between Nebraska and Wisconsin during the 2021 Women’s DI Championship in Columbus, breaking the championship attendance record.
The Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Team has competed in the NCAA Tournament 24 times. Most recently in 2022, the Buckeyes made it to the tournament’s quarterfinals.
Columbus is set to host the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship again in 2025.
The Ohio State Women’s volleyball team continues to rise to national prominence and have 25 NCAA appearances since 1971. The 2022 team made a deep run in the NCAA tournament, falling in the Elite Eight.
Men’s volleyball has been played at Ohio State since 1968. They’ve won three national championships since 2011 and have 17 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference titles.
Six-Time National Champion Mintonette Sports is one of the marquee clubs in the region and based at Fieldhouse USA at Polaris. Other club teams include Buckeye Volleyball, Rogue Volleyball and Columbus Volleyball Academy, Vanguard and Advancement Academy.
Men’s Volleyball was founded at Ohio State
Women’s Volleyball began being played at Ohio State one year before the passing of Title IX.
The last time the Ohio State Women’s Volleyball Team made it to the NCAA Final Four.
The Men’s Volleyball Team at Ohio State won its first championship under Pete Hanson.
The Covelli Center opened at Ohio State.
Columbus hosts the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championship in the same year.
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