Coming off the wild ride that is World Cup season, it’s hard to imagine a time when soccer was known as little more than glorified ‘kick the can’ in the United States. But that was the reality.
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Similarly, today in Iowa, boys’ volleyball teams are far from the norm, with scattered club and intramural teams across the state. There are a handful of men’s college teams, including one at Mount Mercy University.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what the sport actually entails — and who is playing it.
“Men’s volleyball is actually nothing like you would expect,” said Kurt Trout, director of Iowa High Performance Volleyball, a member of Iowa Volleyball Region and an arm of USA Volleyball. “It’s about who can jump the highest, who can hit the ball the hardest. It’s a very intense sport.”
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