DUBUQUE, Iowa -- Loras athletic director Bob Quinn announced on Monday that men’s volleyball will be the college’s 23rd intercollegiate sport. The inaugural season will be in Spring 2015 and the team will compete as an independent with matches in the Athletic and Wellness Center on campus.

"Men’s volleyball is an exciting and fast-paced brand of power volleyball and is quickly growing across the country as a result of the United States’ demonstrated Olympic success," Quinn said. "Loras College is excited to make this announcement and the new program will offer us one more opportunity to extend the classroom as part of the top-notched liberal arts education offered here."

Loras will immediately begin the application process to the Continental Valley Conference (CVC), a Midwest conference that annually grants the champion an automatic qualifier for the NCAA championship.

Men’s volleyball is a rapidly growing intercollegiate and interscholastic sport and the newest sponsored NCAA DIII national championship. Based on student interest, Loras has sponsored a club team periodically during the past 10 years and will continue to through the Spring of 2014.

Loras will conduct an immediate search for the first men’s volleyball coach in the history of the institution.