At 7 p.m. ET Sunday, the NCAA announced the eight teams selected to compete at the 2018 NCAA Beach Championship.
For a look at how the field is selected, check out our interview with the NCAA’s Director of Championships and Alliances Kristin Fasbender, here.
For our best guess of who would be in and out, check out our final NCAA Bracketology, here.
We missed one of the two at-large choices as the NCAA split the field evenly East and West, keeping Long Beach State and Cal Poly out of the tournament.
Just released from the NCAA is how the field hashed out. Interesting that LSU was the at-large selection, not Florida International as many predicted, yet LSU received a higher seed.
Here’s how the #NCAABeachVB field breaks down… pic.twitter.com/keF1C5lHNr
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 29, 2018
VolleyMob will have more on that decision and others in an upcoming interview with NCAA Beach Selection Committee chair Kelcey Roegiers either later tonight or Monday morning.
Up front, we knew eight teams named to the double-elimination tournament field, including three will be from the East Region and three from the West. The two at-large selections could have come from either region.
The Championships will take place May 4-6 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, at Gulf Beach Place. matches will be aired on ESPNU, ESPN2 and ESPN.
USC won the first two NCAA titles, besting Florida State in 2016 and Pepperdine in 2017. All three teams likely will be in this year’s field.
The four teams who have made the semifinals the last two years are all among the field in 2018: USC, UCLA, Florida State and Hawaii. And all were basically locks to make the field.
Re-watch the selection show on NCAA.com here.
From the West
#1 Seed UCLA
- Pac-12 Champions
- 27-3 vs. Regional opponents
No surprises here as UCLA was the No. 1 team nationally for much of the season and the Bruins won the Pac-12 running away on Saturday.
UCLA has earned the No. 1 seed for the first time in program history and will face No. 8 FIU in the first match of the 2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship on Friday, May 4 at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET on ESPNU!#GoBruins #GoBeyondGreat pic.twitter.com/5xHaqLCrpz
— UCLA Beach VB (@uclabeachvb) April 29, 2018
#2 seed Pepperdine
- 2017 NCAA runnerup
- West Coast Conference champions
- 14-3 vs. regional opponents
Pepperdine was No. 2 in the AVCA rankings and sealed their bid with the WCC Title last week.
There you have it! Pepperdine enters the NCAA Tournament next week as the No. 2 seed and will be challenged by No. 7 seed LSU in the opening round! #WavesUp pic.twitter.com/olcOiZtWoy
— Pepperdine Beach VB (@WavesBeachVB) April 29, 2018
#3 seed Hawaii
- Big West Champions
- 22-3 vs. Regional Opponents
Hawaii has been on a tear, winning its last 30 matches, and taking the Big West title with back to back wins over sixth-ranked Long Beach State.
Got some great #NCAABeachVB news out at Queen's Beach. #HawaiiBVB #GoBows #BamaBound ? pic.twitter.com/kfd3EEl349
— UH Beach Volleyball (@UHBeachVolley) April 29, 2018
#5 seed USC
- Two-time defending NCAA Champion
- Pac-12 Finalists
- 21-11 vs. regional foes
? #USCBeach NEWS
The Women of Troy were named an at-large selection into the 2018 #NCAABeachVB Championship and received the fifth seed. They will defend their back-to-back NCAA crowns this weekend! #FightOn ✌???https://t.co/AngvqqcNI6
— USC Beach Volleyball (@USCBeach) April 29, 2018
From the East
#4 Florida State
- CCSA Champion
- 28-0 vs. regional foes
FSU was clearly the top pick out of the East, dominating regional foes and securing its third-straight CCSA title last week with six straight wins in the league tournament, including a 4-1 win over LSU in the finals.
We'll take the No. 4 seed in the #NCAABeachVB Championship! #GoNoles | #ALLIN ?? pic.twitter.com/K3jfyp7mzp
— FSU Beach Volleyball (@FSU_BeachVB) April 29, 2018
#6 South Carolina
- CCSA Semifinalists
- 21-17 vs. regional foes
The Gamecocks fell to LSU in the semifinals of the CCSA Tournament.
One of the happiest moments in my coaching career. @GamecockBeachVB is #GoingGulfing as the #6 seed in the @NCAAVolleyball beach championships!! pic.twitter.com/EhiOa5BEFw
— RJ Abella (@CoachRidge) April 29, 2018
- CCSA Finalist
- 21-7 vs. Regional foes
The Tigers were the CCSA runnerup and built a resume including wins over USC (4-1) and Cal Poly (3-2).
The Sandy Tigs are headed the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row as the No. 7 seed!#BreakingGround ?#LoveLegacyLSU ?? pic.twitter.com/UIxKEw1SjW
— LSU Beach Volleyball (@LSUBeachVB) April 29, 2018
#8 Florida International
- CCSA Semifinalists
- 22-5 vs. Regional Foes
FIU ended the CCSA season in the tournament semifinals, falling to eventual champion Florida State 5-0.
#FIU beach volleyball advances to its first-ever NCAA Championship! The eighth-seeded Panthers face the one-seed, UCLA in the first match of the tournament on May 4, at 10 a.m. ET in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
— FIU Volleyball (@FIUVolleyball) April 29, 2018
Friday, May 4
- 9 a.m. – #1 UCLA vs. #8 FIU
- 10 a.m. – #5 USC vs. #4 Florida State
- 11 a.m. – #2 Pepperdine vs. #7 LSU
- Noon – #3 Hawaii vs. #6 South Carolina
The full NCAA bracket, including dates and times for second round and elimination bracket matches all the way through to the finals is here and below.