Ali Denney has left South Carolina Beach to attend Florida International (for beach) in a transfer among 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
Former Wisconsin Badger Lauryn Gillis is continuing her collegiate career by moving to the sand and transferring to South Carolina beach.
The top pair in the country will be crowned on Saturday at the Bridgestone USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships. The event will feature 32 women’s teams hailing from 18 schools and eight men’s teams.
After reigning as the No. 1 team in the land beginning with the Week 6 poll, the UCLA beach volleyball team caps the season in the same position, continuing a five poll reign atop of the AVCA Beach Volleyball listings. The Bruins bested Florida State 3-1 for the NCAA title on Sunday.
Only twice in NCAA beach volleyball championship history has there been an upset where the seed difference was more than 1. The other: last year, where #4 Florida State beat #2 UCLA in the semi-finals of the elimination bracket. The other small handful of upsets have all been 1-seed differences.
With such a tough field, and no obvious alignment to point to, this one is a lot about gut-feelings. UCLA should roll through the winners bracket untouched, but the question then becomes can anybody beat them twice?
Courtesy: South Carolina Athletics GULF SHORES, ALA. – The South Carolina beach volleyball team begins its quest for a NCAA title…
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.
With the top three teams from the East and the West pretty well nailed down, the two at-large berths offered a few surprises as a team from each region was included in the eight team field, leaving two of the nation’s top six ranked teams on the outside looking in.
The 2018 Pac-12 Champions UCLA are almost assured of the #1 seed. After that, things are wide open for Gulf Shores.