NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
SportCollege beach volleyball
Founded2016
No. of teams17
Country United States
Most recent
champion(s)
USC (5)
Most titlesUSC (5)
TV partner(s)ESPN, TruTV, TBS
Official websitehttps://www.ncaa.com/sports/beach-volleyball

The NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship is an NCAA-sanctioned tournament to determine the national champions of collegiate women's beach volleyball. It is a National Collegiate Championship featuring teams from Division I, Division II and Division III, and is the 90th, and newest, NCAA championship event.[1] It was the first new NCAA championship to be created since the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship in 2012, and the first for women since the NCAA Bowling Championship in 2004.

History

The championship was approved by the NCAA Convention during the fall of 2015, and a committee was selected to determine the tournament's organizational structure. Before 2015, sand volleyball had been part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program (which included women's ice hockey, bowling, rowing, and water polo in the past). As such, a separate championship had been contested annually, since 2012, by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Before 2012 several championships were televised by Collegiate Nationals. As of 2015, over 50 schools (from Divisions I, II, and III) had sponsored sand volleyball, ten more than the total number of required programs.

The sport's name was changed from "sand volleyball" to the more usual "beach volleyball" in June 2015, and the committee overseeing the sport is now named the NCAA Beach Volleyball Committee.[2]

Structure

2016–2021

USC at the inaugural tournament

The championship is held each May. From 2016 through 2021, eight teams participated, in a double-elimination style tournament with a single-elimination final, under standard beach volleyball rules. All matches consist of five sets, with each team needing to win three sets to advance.

The NCAA does not add automatic qualifiers until two championship seasons have passed; but in 2016, the top 3 teams from the east and west were given automatic bids with 2 additional teams invited at-large.

As of fall 2019, seven conferences sponsor beach volleyball, all with at least six members — the minimum number for a conference to qualify for an automatic bid to other NCAA championship tournaments. Five of these conferences were represented in the inaugural tournament; the exceptions are the Ohio Valley Conference and Southland Conference, both of which begin beach volleyball sponsorship in the upcoming 2020 season.

2022

From 2022 onwards, the championship tournament was expanded to 16 teams. As of spring 2022, eight conferences sponsor beach volleyball, and the winners of each conference will receive automatic bids for the championship.[3]

Additionally, two teams from the East Region and two teams from the West Region will be given bids by the NCAA beach volleyball committee, while the final four teams will be selected at large.[3]

2023–present

Starting in 2023, the tournament switched to a standard single elimination bracket from more complicated partially double elimination brackets used before.[4] The field was also expanded to 17 teams to allow for nine automatic qualifiers.[5]

Results

NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
Year Site
(Host)
Host Venue Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2016
Details
Gulf Shores, AL
(UAB)
Gulf Shores Public Beach USC 3–0 Florida State UCLA Hawaii
2017
Details
USC (2) 3–2 Pepperdine Hawaii Florida State
2018
Details
UCLA 3-1 Florida State Hawaii USC
2019
Details
UCLA (2) 3-0 USC LSU Hawaii
2020 Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021
Details
Gulf Shores, AL
(UAB)
Gulf Shores Public Beach USC (3) 3–1 UCLA Loyola Marymount LSU
2022
Details
USC (4) 3–1 Florida State UCLA Loyola Marymount
2023
Details
USC (5) 3-2 UCLA Florida State/TCU
2024
Details
2025
Details
Huntington Beach, CA
(Long Beach State)
Huntington Beach Pier
2026
Details

Summary

Cumulative results

Team Championships Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
USC 5 (2016, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023) 1 (2019) 0 1 (2018)
UCLA 2 (2018, 2019) 2 (2021, 2023) 2 (2016, 2022) 0
Florida State 0 3 (2016, 2018, 2022) 0 1 (2017)
Hawaii 0 0 2 (2017, 2018) 2 (2016), 2019)
LSU 0 0 1 (2019) 1 (2021)
Pepperdine 0 1 (2017) 0 0
Loyola Marymount 0 0 1 (2021) 1 (2022)

Result by school and by year

Twenty-one teams have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in at least one year starting with 2016. The results for all years are shown below. The code in each cell represents the furthest the team made it in the respective tournament.

School Conference # T4 T2 CH 16 17 18 19 21 22 23
USC Pac-12 7 7 6 5 CH CH 4 RU CH CH CH
UCLA Pac-12 7 6 4 2 3 5 CH CH RU 3 RU
Florida State CCSA 7 5 3 - RU 4 RU 5 5 RU SF
Pepperdine West Coast 4 1 1 - 5 RU 5 7
Hawaii Big West 6 4 - - 4 3 3 4
LSU CCSA 6 2 - - 5 5 3 4 5 QF
Loyola Marymount West Coast 3 2 - - 3 4 QF
TCU CUSA 3 1 - - 7 7 SF
Stetson ASUN 4 - - - 7 5
Stanford Pac-12 3 - - - 7 QF
Cal Poly Big West 3 - - - 7 5
Georgia State CUSA 3 - - - 7 5
California Pac-12 2 - - - QF
South Carolina CCSA 2 - - - 7 7
Long Beach State Big West 2 - - - 7
Florida International CUSA 2 - - - 7
Florida Atlantic CUSA 2 - - - 7
Grand Canyon CCSA 2 - - -
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Southland 2 - - -
UT Martin Ohio Valley 2 - - - P
Arizona Pac-12 1 - - - 5
School Conference # T4 T2 CH 16 17 18 19 21 22 23

Broadcasting

Turner Sports held broadcast rights to the tournament for the first two years (2016 and 2017), with early-round coverage airing on TruTV, and the championship game broadcast on TBS.[6][7] In December 2017, ESPN signed a multiyear agreement to broadcast the NCAA Women's Beach Volleyball Championship through 2022.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA News. NCAA.com. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "NCAA's newest championship will be called beach volleyball". NCAA. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Feinswog, Lee (April 19, 2022). "Postseason possibilities as NCAA beach volleyball teams eye bids to Gulf Shores". volleyballmag.com. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  4. ^ "Beach volleyball championship format to change in 2023".
  5. ^ Fasbender, Kristin W.; Cribbs, Julie (February 6, 2023). "Memorandum" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on April 26, 2023. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  6. ^ "Culver column: FSU beach volleyball could be a part of NCAA history". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Turner Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Present NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship". NCAA. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  8. ^ "NCAA awards ESPN beach volleyball rights". ncaa.com. December 20, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2018.