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t SPORT Report USA Volleyball Serves Up Major Growth USA Volleyball (USAV) is expanding fast. The national governing body is composed of more than 300,000 members and 6,000 clubs, said John Kessel, USAV's director of sport develop- ment. "USA Volleyball has been at a continual growth of 5 percent for the last decade, and we are expecting even better growth as we approach the next Olympic year." BY STEVE URENA Did You Know? Originally conceived under its name of mintonette in 1895 by YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) instructor William G. Morgan, the sport of volleyball was designed to combine the most exciting parts of basketball, handball, tennis and baseball into one complete sport. Nearly 120 years later, professional volleyball is played all over the world and has evolved into a popular sport in the United States. P hotos courtesy of USAV August 2015 42

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