Buried in a long report about the University of California’s athletics department’s approach to Title IX compliance was a brief mention of immediately building courts for beach volleyball and improving softball facilities.
These facility changes would be required if the school does in fact to shift to Prong 1 of the Title IX compliance rules, which speaks to gender equity being satisfied by providing proportionate opportunities for male and female student-athletes as well as on the facilities front.
Currently, the Cal Bears beach program plays its home matches at Clark Kerr Sand Courts on the southeastern side of campus. The facility, which includes just two regulation courts, was built in the late 1990s for recreational use. The Bears began training and playing at the venue when the program began in 2014.
Since its inception, the Cal program has posted a 62-49 mark.
- 2014: 5-6
- 2015: 7-14
- 2016: 17-11
- 2017: 13-12
- 2018: 20-6
This season, Cal is 20-6 and ranked No. 13 in the April 16 AVCA Beach Top 20 poll, its highest ever national ranking.
The Bears closed out the regular season today (April 21) at the Clark Kerr Sand Courts, playing host to No. 12 Stanford in the Big Spike. Three of the seniors being honored as part of Senior Day festivities were part of the first beach-only recruiting class in program history: Bryce Bark, Teya Neff and Mackenzie Feldman.
Of the Bears’ six losses in 2018, five have been by a 3-2 score.