During the first week of May, the 2013 women’s sand volleyball championships were held in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This year, Long Beach State (#2 seed) beat defending champion and top-seeded Pepperdine in a 5-set final. Check out the promo video for the event.
The number of Division I schools that offer women’s sand volleyball grew this near to nearly 30. We’re keeping an eye on the AVCA’s list of participating schools, and those that have expressed interest in adding the sport. It looks like the threshold of 40 Division I schools needed to offer an NCAA Championship in the sport will be met or exceeded in 2014. That is exciting news. So far, there are two Utah schools on the list: Utah Valley University (D1) and Dixie State College (D2).
On the AVCA sand site, there is mention of a name change for the sport next year, as well. From “sand” to “beach” volleyball? We’ll see.