AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) In the world of sports, 2021 already appears very similar to 2020. University athletics across the country continue to battle opt-outs, COVID-19 outbreaks and the routined list of injuries. The Auburn Volleyball program is no exception; therefore, the team announced its decision to forego its spring season on Friday.

After completing a fall season which consisted of eight matches, first year head coach Brent Crouch’s squad will drop below the minimum threshold of available players.

"Our guiding mission is to provide for the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and to develop them as Auburn women on and off the court,” Crouch said. “Discontinuing play at this time is consistent with this mission. We are grateful for the work of Auburn University and the SEC, which allowed us to play a fall season."

At the time of release, Auburn athletic director Allen Greene stated that  — while the decision was not favorable — the program had the safety of its athletes in mind.

"While it is disappointing that the circumstances do not allow us to participate in the spring volleyball season, the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes will always be our top priority," Greene said.

The Tigers will resume play in fall of 2021. Eagle Eye will continue to provide updates on the state of the program as they become available.