Boys Volleyball - History

Boys Volleyball History

The WIAA sponsored boys volleyball as a tournament sport from 1948 to 1982. It was dropped in 1983 because of the low number of participating schools.

In 1991, boys volleyball again received WIAA recognition as a sponsored sport, but the championship tournament series did not resume again until 2000.

Madison West won the first championship held in Madison in 1948. Since then, the tournament has been held in numerous locations including Waukesha, Wisconsin Dells, Portage, Wauwatosa, Antigo, Kaukauna, Whitefish Bay, Neenah and Oshkosh. In 2008, the State Tournament moved from Waukesha West High School, where it had been held since 2000, to Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. The tournament will move north to Green Bay in 2019 to coincide with the girls tournament at the Resch Center.
Kaukauna, Marquette and Waukesha, before that district divided into separate high schools, are tied for having compiled the most championships with nine. All of Kaukauna's titles have come after 1967 when the volleyball season was held strictly as a fall sport and all but one has come prior to the reinstatement of the Tournament Series in 2000. Marquette's nine titles have come since 2002, and Waukesha's championships came during an 11-year period from 1951 to 1961. Wisconsin High School of Madison and West Allis Hale have won three titles. 

Waukesha holds the distinction for having won the most consecutive championships. The program won five straight titles from 1957-61. In addition, Waukesha is also the only program to win three straight championships (1951-53). There are a number of programs that have won the championship two years in a row, including Marquette, which has accomplished the feat three times (2004-05, 2007-08, 2013-14) and Kaukauna, which has done it twice (1969-70, 1977-78).  

Kaukauna has appeared in the most State Tournaments with 22. Marquette and Waukesha, before it split into separate schools, participated in 17. Catholic Memorial is next on the list of appearances by participating in 13 tournaments, and Middleton and Wisconsin High have appeared in 11.

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