Kansas City college Rockhurst to add men’s volleyball starting in 2025

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Another NCAA Division II school in the Midwest is adding men’s volleyball.

Rockhurst University announced during the weekend that it will begin a men’s volleyball program for the 2025 season.

Rockhurst is a private liberal arts university located in Kansas City and has an enrollment of about 2,000 undergraduate students. It also is a member of the NCAA Division II conference Great Lakes Valley Conference.


Men’s volleyball is one of seven teams Rockhurst will add during the next two school years to increase its total to 22 varsity teams. The Hawks athletics department next school year will expand to include men’s and women’s swimming and diving along with men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field.

“We are thrilled to add sports that will enhance the student-athlete experience, provide collegiate opportunities to a new population of prospective students, and help with university enrollment initiatives,” athletics director Kristy Bayer said in a statement. “These sports have continuously appeared on interest surveys and will allow us to meet students’ needs and interests while creating opportunities for future Hawks.”

Rorckhurst will be the sixth GLVC school to sponsor men’s volleyball. Fellow GLVC schools Lewis, McKendree and Quincy are members of the MIVA, and both Maryville and Missouri S&T compete as independents.