Mayo boys volleyball coach on MSHSL voting no

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(ABC 6 News) — Mayo boys volleyball head coach Debra Frederick remembers seeing the crowd deflated on Tuesday.

She had brought some of her players with her to see the MSHSL vote on whether to sanction boys volleyball or not. The ultimate result, as many other boys volleyball supporters saw, was a vote of no.

"We got to attend the meeting, there were six boys and myself," Coach Frederick recollected. "And there’s ‘What? How? What do you mean?’ You know?"

Frederick expressed that her students were surprised by the result, the 31-17 vote count exactly one short of making boys volleyball an official high school sport in Minnesota.

Despite this, Frederick’s players then spurred into action on the trip back to Rochester, trying to figure out solutions for a different result next time.

"’…[T]here’s lots of things you can do,’" Frederick remembers saying. "’Being a coach is important, being an official is important.’ Those are some of the things and barriers they talked about. Learn more about those games and sports and put yourself out there."

Until the next time, Spartans boys volleyball is focused on its in-progress season. Mayo won its third game on Wednesday, a 3-0 sweep on Kasson-Mantorville with three more contests to go.