USAV to Host Beach Collegiate Challenge

March 26, 2009, 1:21 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bj.evans@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 26, 2009) – USA Volleyball has announced that it will host the 2009 USAV Collegiate Challenge, a one-day beach volleyball tournament open to NCAA and NAIA women’s teams, on Saturday April 4 in Long Beach, Calif.

This first-ever USAV collegiate beach event will be the foundation for USAV’s plan to help promote the sport at the collegiate level.  The event will be held at Marina Green Park in Long Beach, (700 E. Shoreline Drive).

Twenty-four doubles teams representing 10 different institutions will participate in a pool-play format.  Sixteen teams will advance to the Gold Division bracket, with the remaining teams in a Silver Division bracket. Schools participating are Pepperdine (3 teams), University of Nevada Las Vegas (4), University of Montana (3), Fresno State (3), Chico State (3), Cal State Los Angeles (2), Concordia-Irvine (1), Vanguard (1), Westmont (2) and Cal Baptist (2).

In addition to the doubles tournament, USAV will also host a four-person (fours) tournament so participating institutions can get all eligible athletes involved. Schools participating in the fours competition are: UNLV, Montana, Fresno State, Cal State Los Angeles, Chico State, and Concordia.

Competition will start at 9:30 a.m. The finals are scheduled to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics recommended in the summer of 2008 that sand volleyball be added to the emerging sports list for women. Representatives from NCAA Division I and II will vote on that proposal this year.

"Participation in sand volleyball events is growing geometrically again this spring," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "The NCAA is making sand volleyball an emerging sport at just the right time - it is economical to add and very popular on college campuses."

“USAV is enthusiastically supporting the NCAA’s proposal to add sand volleyball as a collegiate sport for women,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USAV’s Director of Beach Programs.  “We are delighted to be able to offer this event for collegiate teams and hope that it will grow annually.” 

The USAV Collegiate Challenge is just one of many collegiate sand events scheduled for spring 2009. The Fiesta on Siesta Key, will take place April 18 in Siesta Key, Fla., and will include the second-annual Southeastern Conference Coaches Beach Volleyball Championships and a Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge including numerous schools from the Atlantic Coast, Big East and Atlantic Sun conferences.

The culmination of the collegiate sand season will be the Alt Games: College Action Sports Championships, a CBS College Sports-owned festival held in partnership with the AVCA and AVP.

For more information should contact Danalee Corso at Danalee.corso@usav.org or (310) 364-5214.

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