The addition of the World University Championships as a 1-star event on the FIVB World Tour means that a minimum of $5000-per-gender is available, as are World Tour ranking points.
NCAA beach pairs grabbed three of the top five spots at the World University Beach Championships with UCLA’s Nicole McNamara and Megan McNamara bringing home the gold medal, representing Canada. Germans Dan John/Eric Stadie earned the men’s gold.
The World University Beach Championships will pit Canadians Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara against Spain’s Maria Belen Carro/Paula Soria for the title on Friday.
The NCAA beach volleyball scene remains in the world spotlight as three collegiate sides have made their way to the World University Beach Championships final eight.
After announcing new men’s indoor, women’s indoor, and women’s beach programs in April, the school has now decided to add men’s beach volleyball as well – a rare varsity program in the U.S.
2017 All-Big Ten honorable mention right side Ashley Wenz will continue her volleyball career at Arizona State Beach.
The eight pools titles were awarded on Tuesday and the first elimination round finished setting the table for Wednesday’s second round action. Americans Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden and Canadians Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara were among the group winners.
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss of LSU and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden of Cal Poly went 2-0 to open the World University Beach Championships representing the United States, while UCLA stars Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara also won two matches representing Canada.
All eight men’s pools saw two teams go 2-0 to set up pool title matches on Tuesday, with just three matches going to tiebreak on Day 1 of the World University Beach Championships.
Derek Olson, who helped elevate the Cal beach volleyball team to become one of the top programs in the Pac-12 last season, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach.