A new sport almost got added to the high school lineup this week. Almost. The Minnesota State High School League came up one vote shy of approving boys volleyball. The vote of 31-17 happened at a meeting of the Representative Assembly Tuesday, May 10 in Brooklyn Park. Thirty-two votes were needed to pass the measure.

While the expansion didn't pass this time, a news release from the high school league indicates the amendment can be considered again in the future. Boys volleyball missed by two votes in a previous effort. The original concept came up in 2017 but did not have enough support from the state's administrative regions to reach the Representative Assembly.

"It will absolutely be a possibility to be brought up in the future," high school league Executive Director Erich Martens said in the news release. "What you're seeing, if you follow the path of volleyball, is both the growth in terms of the number of participants and the number of schools that have the programs. As more schools get on board, and some of the questions that were brought up by caucuses can be addressed, then I think we can get over that threshold."

The Minnesota High School Boys Volleyball Association reports that over 50 schools support more than 120 teams with about 1,400 players across the state.

The association issued a statement Tuesday, saying, "It is a sad day for high school athletics in Minnesota. The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has done a disservice to Minnesota students and families by failing to sanction boys high school volleyball, despite the overwhelming demand for the sport."

"Minnesota is missing out on an incredible opportunity with most boys volleyball student-athletes not participating in any other sanctioned sports, and more than half identifying as students of color."

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