USC Begins 2018 Season #1 In NCAA Beach Rankings

  0 Carly DeMarque | February 19th, 2018 | ASUN Conference, Beach, Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, Independents, News, Pac-12, West Coast Conference

USC keeps the top spot of the NCAA Beach Rankings to begin the 2018 season after finishing on top in 2017 after winning their third straight National Championship. This season the rankings have been expanded to feature the top-20 teams in the nation as the sport continues to grow in the NCAA after being expanded to the top-15 last season.

The Trojans will be tough pressed to maintain their top-spot this season after losing their top pair of Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes but still have a strong lineup for the coming season. Pepperdine, UCLA, Florida State and Hawaii round out the top five. Pepperdine was close to claiming the national championship last season, losing 2-3 in the finals.

Grand Canyon moved into the top-10 at #10 from the #12 spot while Georgia State fell back to #11 from #12. Cal Poly moved into the top-15 of the rankings at #14 after not being ranked at the end of last season. Also, enter the poll are Stanford (#17), Tulane (#18), Washington (#19) and Loyola Marymount (#20).

The start of the beach volleyball season is just 10 days away with the teams beginning a full onslaught of matches that will take place until the national championships that will take place in Gulf Shores, Alabama from May 4-6. This year’s championships are set to be televised on ESPN per a contract agreement for the next five seasons.

1 Southern California 38-1 1
2 Pepperdine 27-5 2
3 UCLA 30-6 5
4 Florida State 29-9 4
5 Hawai’i 29-7 3
6 LSU 27-8 6
7 Long Beach State 26-10 7
8 South Carolina 23-11 8
9 Arizona 17-10 9
10 Grand Canyon 17-9 12
11 Florida International 24-15 10
12 Georgia State 21-14 11
13 TCU 18-8 13
14 Cal Poly 15-23 NR
15 Stetson 20-13 15
16 Florida Atlantic 21-12 14
17 Stanford 13-10 NR
18 Tulane 24-13 NR
19 Washington 11-7 NR
20 Loyola Marymount 15-14 NR

Others receiving votes: Arizona State, California, Saint Mary’s, New Mexico, Nebraska, Florida Gulf Coast, UAB, Utah, UNC-Wilmington, Central Arkansas, North Florida, Oregon

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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