The popularity of beach volleyball at the Summer Olympics has been on the increase in recent years. Here in the U.S. we have Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor to thank. In 2008 the two became the first team to win two beach volleyball Olympic gold medals after also taking gold in 2004 at the Athens games. In 2010 sand volleyball received approval from the NCAA as an emerging sport.
Forty schools must play the sport before the association sets up a championship
“This is an amazing day for volleyball and all of women’s athletics,” said volleyball star Kerri Walsh. “NCAA sand volleyball will grow the game and give wonderful opportunities to young women. … I’m thrilled to know the next generation of volleyball stars will have collegiate sand volleyball.”
Earlier today the NCAA’s first sanctioned sand volleyball match took place.
Collegiate sand volleyball features five two-on-two matches (best of three sets). The team that takes at least three of those five contests wins the team match.
Florida State (1-0) won each of the five on Saturday, including four of them in straight sets, to leave Birmingham with its first victory.
“We made history today,” Florida State head coach Danalee Corso said. “We won the first ever collegiate sand volleyball match. It was awesome. It was great to share it with our team. Everyone felt it. It’s something we can look back on and be proud of.”
Here some video footage courtesy of YouTube user jmdenny1969.
Congrats to the Lady Seminoles.
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