About 80 Ohio high schools played boys volleyball this year, according to the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association’s website. That number would have to grow if the sport is to receive full state recognition.
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Emerging sport status is the OHSAA’s way to recognize new sports among its 800-plus school membership. Girls and boys lacrosse were recently recognized at that level, meaning they must adhere to OHSAA rules, and their season-ending state championships are sanctioned by the OHSAA.
Most of the current boys volleyball schools are in the Cincinnati-Dayton area (36) or Columbus area (29). Locally, Division I teams include Fairmont, Northmont, Centerville, Miamisburg, Wayne and 2019 state-qualifier Beavercreek, while Division II has Carroll, Chaminade-Julienne and state qualifier Alter.
St. Xavier beat its Cincinnati rival Moeller for the OHSBVA Division I state title Sunday, while Walsh Jesuit near Akron defeated Columbus Watterson for the D-II title.
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