EASTERN OREGON – The Cascade Collegiate Conference made changes to the upcoming volleyball and soccer schedules, announced Wednesday. Spectator policies have also been revised.
“With the recent announcements that Northwest University has opted out of volleyball and The Evergreen State College has opted out of volleyball, as well as men’s and women’s soccer, we have revised schedules in those sports,” stated CCC Commissioner Robert Cashell. “We know the decisions at the campus level come with great angst and we look forward to NU and TESC’s return in 2021-22.”
With the changes, volleyball currently stands at eight teams planning to participate while both men’s and women’s soccer have 12 teams remaining.
The volleyball schedule is set to begin on February 19 and at this time the postseason tournament is still on tap but reduced from four to six teams.
In soccer, the conference will play in an east-west division model and the postseason tournament has been canceled. The league will award an automatic qualification to NAIA postseason to the top men’s and women’s soccer teams in each division.
“Moving to a divisional model in soccer allows for us to significantly reduce travel and expenses for our members,” added Cashell. “We also have adapted the schedule so teams will play each other back-to-back days in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19.”
Conference Return to Play protocols call for weekly PCR testing in soccer and volleyball.
Volleyball Revised Schedule
Soccer Revised Schedule
The league also announced 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.
CCC opt-outs to date:
Walla Walla University – men’s/women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s soccer
The Evergreen State College – men’s/women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s/women’s soccer
British Columbia – men’s/women’s golf, softball, baseball
Southern Oregon University – men’s/women’s cross country, men’s/women’s basketball, volleyball
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – men’s wrestling
Northwest University – volleyball