ESPN Networks to Broadcast NCAA Beach Championships Beginning Friday

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 03rd, 2018 | Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

The 2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships are back in Gulf Shores, Alabama, but they will also be coming to a national television audience on ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN.

In an upgrade from the 2017 coverage, all 14 matches will be broadcast live, an improvement over a three-hour timeslot on day one and two. The broadcasts also will be coming on the ESPN family of networks, vs. truTV, which aired the preliminary matches and TBS which showed the championship match.

The double-elimination tournament is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET with No. 1 seed UCLA taking on No. 8 seed Florida International. The Bruins, which won the Pac-12 Championship and brings a 35-3 record into the NCAAs. FIU, which is making its first ever NCAA appearance after receiving a surprise third spot among the Eastern selections, was a semifinalist in the CCSA Tournament and brings a 23-10 record to the table.

Two-time defending national champion and 2018 Pac-12 runner-up USC (25-12) is the No. 5 seed. The Women of Troy will face CCSA champion and 2016 NCAA runner-up Florida State (30-6, the top seed among the East region teams.

No. 2 seed Pepperdine (24-3), the 2017 NCAA Runner-up and 2018 West Coast Conference champions, is set for a matchup against CCSA runnerup and No. 7 seed LSU (26-12).

Rounding out the Friday morning slate is a meeting between Big West champion Hawaii (35-3), the No. 3 seed, and No. 6 seed South Carolina (26-12), a CCSA semifinalist.

National Championship (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
First Round
Dual 1: No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 8 FIU Friday May 4 10 a.m. ESPNU
Dual 2: No. 5 South California vs. No. 4 Florida State Friday May 4 11 a.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Dual 3: No. 7 LSU vs. No. 2 Pepperdine Friday May 4 Noon (approx.) ESPNU
Dual 4: No. 3 Hawaii vs. No. 6 South Carolina Friday May 4 1 p.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Elimination Bracket – First Round
Dual 5: TBD vs. TBD Friday May 4 2 p.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Dual 6: TBD vs. TBD Friday May 4 3 p.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Second Round
Dual 7: TBD vs. TBD Friday May 4 4 p.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Dual 8: TBD vs. TBD Friday May 4 5 p.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Elimination Bracket – Second Round
Dual 9: TBD vs. TBD Saturday May 5 2 p.m. ESPN2
Dual 10: TBD vs. TBD Saturday May 5 3 p.m. ESPN2
Third Round
Dual 11: TBD vs. TBD Saturday May 5 4 p.m. (approx.) ESPN2
Elimination Bracket – Third Round
Dual 12: TBD vs. TBD Saturday May 5 5 p.m. (approx.) ESPNU
Elimination Bracket – Final
Dual 13: TBD vs. TBD Sunday May 6 11:30 a.m. ESPN2
National Championship – Final
Dual 14: TBD vs. TBD Sunday May 6 2 p.m. ESPN

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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