EASTERN OREGON – Volleyball conference play, set to begin February 19-20, will undergo changes for the upcoming season, the Cascade Collegiate Conference office announced Tuesday.
“With Oregon counties having been in the extreme risk category for the last several cycles, along with our desire to ensure the start of our season, we are moving to a hybrid model,” stated CCC Commissioner Robert Cashell. “It is very important to everyone that we do everything we can to not delay the start any further so the student-athletes can get back to participation.”
The hybrid schedule has the College of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College each hosting three other CCC teams in a tournament-style format in which each team will be able to play four matches in a weekend. The tournament-style contests will take place at each campus the weekends of Feb. 19-20 and Mar. 5-6.
With COVID-19 cases reducing across the conference footprint, it is anticipated that by the Mar. 19-20 dates the league will be able to return to a more normal home-and-away schedule as Oregon counties hopefully move out of the extreme risk categories to high or moderate. This will allow for indoor activities under Oregon Health Authority guidelines.
At this time, the postseason tournament is still on tap but reduced from six to four teams.
Volleyball Revised Schedule VB Hybrid final (PDF) – Cascade Collegiate Conference (cascadeconference.org)
The league will continue with the policy that spectators will not be permitted at any CCC events – with the exception of cross country and golf – until further notice. CCC member schools intend on live streaming the majority of events, with the schedules being found at the CCCWebTV link or by going to each athletic department’s website.