Last weekend, one of the new additions to collegiate sand volleyball hit the court for the first time. Georgia State's new sand volleyball squad competed against an established Florida State team. FSU prevailed in most of the matches, but the story here is the rapid growth of the sport.
Besides Georgia State we will definitely see teams from Cal Berkeley, Florida International, Louisiana Monroe, Grand Canyon, Cal State Bakersfield and Santa Clara. Others who have said they plan to compete include Stanford, University of San Francisco, Pacific, Saint Mary's and Sacramento State.
The additions are expected to double the number of competing programs from 15 last year to about 30 this year. Sand volleyball needs to have 40 programs competing for two consecutive years to earn an official NCAA Championship.
I had a chance to chat with AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer recently and she believes they will have 40 programs by next season and an official national title by the 2015-16 season. I spoke with Kathy about the growth of the sport, the state of indoor volleyball and what comes next. I'll be posting my article about it next week. Stay tuned.