We would like to congratulate Kelly Lamberti and Cary Grove High School to win the school’s first state title after defeating Lyons Township High School during the IHSA Class 4A championship game at Redbird Arena in Normal on November 14, 2009.

The sport of Volleyball has come a very long way.  It marks 114 years old this year.  Today there are more than 46 million Americans who play volleyball and there are 800 million players worldwide who play volleyball at least once a week.

In 1895, William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts, invented the game of volleyball, originally called “mintonette,” after the invention of basketball by James Naismith.

Morgan took some of the characteristics from tennis and handball along with basketball to create a game, which would be less intense and less violent.  The purpose of the game is to volley the ball back and forth over a net without the racket.  Mintonette was then renamed to volleyball.

A year later, the first official game of volleyball was played at Springfield College.

Volleyball became so popular that in the year 1990, a special ball was designed for the sport.

In 1928 and 1949, the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA), now known as USA Volleyball (USAV) for men and Women’s USVBA division were formed, respectively.

In 1952, women played in Federation Internationale De Volley-Ball (FIVB) tournaments, founded in Paris, France for the first time in volleyball history.

In 1957, the international Olympic Committee (IOC) designated volleyball as an Olympic team sport.

In 1975, the US National Women’s team began a year-round training regime in Pasadena, Texas.

In 1977, the US National Men’s team began a year-round training regime in Dayton, Ohio.

In 1983, the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) was formed.

In 1986, the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA) was formed to administer, govern, and protect the integrity of Women’s Professional Beach Volleyball.

The following are some interesting patents relating to volleyball and apparel.

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U.S. Patent: No. D248,986; No. D445,155; No. D451,186; No. D566,386; No. 4,462,115; No.4,587,673; No. 4,796,303; No. 5,327,662; and No. 6,146,239.