NCAA women’s volleyball simply does not get enough television time.

And especially in comparison to its NCAA women’s basketball counterparts, NCAA women’s volleyball is being severely short-changed.

Kelly Sheffield, the Wisconsin coach whose team won the 2021 NCAA championship, has been particularly vocal about the situation. So has Creighton coach Kristen Bernthal Booth and many others.

We brought Sheffield, Bernthal Booth, Washington coach Keegan Cook — the current AVCA president — and retired longtime LSU coach Fran Flory together to talk about the TV issue and more,  but the main focus was TV coverage. This conversation highlights some great points, opinions and thoughts about NCAA volleyball moving forward:

Keep free volleyball journalism free by becoming a Sustaining Member:  
Or make a contribution through Venmo @VolleyballMag 


  1. Interesting podcast with Kelly Sheffield It would have been better if you had reached out to the women’s VB people at the NCAA, which you didn’t. There is a bigger picture which is you are ignoring.

  2. Regarding volleyball on TV, I think it’s problematic to those televising the event that there is not a finite time span for a volleyball match i.e. you have to allot time for a 5 set match which can easily end in 3. Perhaps volleyball would get more TV time if some methodology were devised to provide quality filler time when necessary.

  3. My favorite tv volleyball matches to watch are the matches where instant replay is used after every play between the end and the play and the serve. I hope that as we get more tv time we also get more replay time between the points. I would gladly give up hearing commentary to get to see more replays of blocks, hits, digs…

  4. Not enough coverage? Have you not seen the near non-existent coverage not only by the networks, the AVCA, the NCAA and even your publication? Seriously, if these women’s coaches are complaining the men’s side has 10,000 times more to complain about. Coverage of the women’s current spring scrimmages has exceeded any current coverage of men– and the MEN ARE IN SEASON. Where’s the story? How are these reputable coaches and publications helping with the growth? Where’s the equity?

    • Our conversation wasn’t about men’s volleyball. While boys volleyball is a fast-growing sport, and we do all we can to cover and support it, the boys/men’s side of the game can’t be compared to the girls/women’s in terms of popularity.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here