LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The Viterbo Women’s Volleyball team is forfeiting 34 games from the 2018 season over an issue with one player’s eligibility.
Viterbo Director of Athletics Barry Fried said the games cover the regular season and postseason play.
In a statement from the university, “the violation involved the interpretation of the student-ahtlete’s previous competitive experience.” While the student, who has not been named, was initially ruled eligible by the NAIA for the 2018 season, additional information led to another review and ultimately the ineligibility ruling.
Rick Trietley, the university’s vice president of student affairs said that they accept the decision of the NAIA. In a statement, he said, in part, “We can state this is an isolated incident and we have made changes to our administrative procedures to ensure it does not happen again.”
With the forfeits, the team’s record for the 2018 season is officially at 6-35.
“The reality is we thought she was eligible. Internally and the NAIA ruled her eligible as well. To have this reversed at the end of the year was a little hard to swallow. And while the outcome is not what we would’ve hoped, I will say it was a well done process, transparent process and at this point we accept it and move forward,” Fried said.
“It’s a learning process obviously. But when the NAIA gives the go-ahead, we obviously have to do some X’s and O’s and check things out even if they say it’s OK because it didn’t all work out that way,” said head coach Ryan DeLong.
They’ve qualified for the national semifinals four of the last five years.
The team is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the latest NAIA poll.