There will be no more matches featuring ConfCarolinas teams for the foreseeable future.
The conference announced Thursday that it is indefinitely suspending all athletics events, including men’s volleyball matches, due to the cornavirus outbreak.
“We fully understand the ramifications of what this means for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators who put in so much hard work daily for their institutions, but we feel this is the right decision currently,” commissioner Chris Colvin said in a statement. “Our first priority is always the protection of our student-athletes along with our coaches and administrators. I would like to thank all of our presidents and administrators for working together to help us make this incredibly tough decision.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that there are 1,215 confirmed cases of the coronavirus throughout the United States and 36 deaths because of the virus. That number has continued to increase in recent days.
The ConfCarolinas is one of five NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball conferences and has received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2014.
This decision to suspend athletics activities comes on the same day that the NCAA canceled the 2020 men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament and all other spring sports championships.