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Gulf Shores to Host Collegiate Sand Championship Through 2015

By January 22, 2013

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If you want to see the collegiate sand volleyball championships any time between now and 2015, you will need to head to Gulf Shores, Alabama. The AVCA announced an agreement with the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission to host the event for the next three years.

Gulf Shores was the host of the sport's inaugural championship event as well, which was very well-received last year. The city cited the positive national television exposure that it received as one of the key reasons to continue its commitment to the event.

Portions of the championship will be televised by CBS Sports, but no word yet as to when. Last year the matches aired more than a month after they were played. For a fledgling sport, any television time is good television time. But hopefully, CBS Sports will find a way to get those matches to us live some time soon.

There will be a new pairs champion this season as defending champion Summer Ross decided to forego her last two years of eligibility in order to turn pro and make a run for the 2016 Olympics. The women's collegiate sand volleyball championship takes place in May.


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