WASHINGTON -- Gallaudet University on Wednesday announced that it will suspend operation of the men’s volleyball program, beginning with the 2013-14 season.

“This was a difficult decision to suspend the men’s volleyball program. We appreciate the hard work our student-athletes and coaching staff demonstrated to the sport of men’s volleyball,” Gallaudet athletic director Michael Weinstock said. “We would welcome bringing back the men’s volleyball program in the future if we can sustain the program at the appropriate level.”

The men’s volleyball team finished the 2013 season with a 1-20 overall record and 1-4 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference play. All former men’s volleyball players are strongly encouraged to explore any of the other six men’s varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, swimming and diving and track and field.