CCU adds beach volleyball beginning in spring of 2016

beachvolleyballCoastal Carolina University will add beach volleyball as the school’s 19th intercollegiate athletic program, Director of Athletics Matt Hogue announced. The program will begin competition during the current academic year with the first contest slated for the spring of 2016.  The program will also join the Atlantic Sun Conference as an affiliate member.

“We received approval from our university Board of Trustees earlier this year to pursue the addition of beach volleyball and now that the NCAA has fully sanctioned the sport including a planned championship, the time was right to move forward,” Hogue said. “Given our location adjacent to the beautiful beaches of the Grand Strand, it makes sense to field this sport, however we wanted to complete our due diligence and planning prior to implementation.  Additionally, this will strategically align with our upcoming move to FBS football and the Sun Belt Conference.”

Beach volleyball is one of the fastest-growing NCAA sports with 60 schools now sponsoring. Programs will play in one comprehensive NCAA division – including schools from Divisions I, II and III.

Much like the reciprocal relationship between the cross country and track & field programs, Coastal Carolina’s indoor volleyball (fall) and beach volleyball (spring) programs will feature the same coaching staff and utilize most, if not all, of the same student-athletes during the initial season.

“Beach volleyball is great toward assisting our adherence to Title IX” said Cari Rosiek, Associate Athletics Director for Student Enhancement and Senior Woman Administrator. “It’s an exciting new sport for our student-athletes and will be a solid complement to our successful indoor program.”

While long-term facility options are reviewed, the Chanticleers will compete in regional tournaments during the first season of competition and participate in the Atlantic Sun’s postseason tournament.  The sport requires at least three outdoor sand courts to accommodate a typical match.

The format of competition features five two-person teams per school with each playing a best-of-three set match. The overall winner is the team that wins at least three of the five matches.

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Sun

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