|Sport||College beach volleyball|
|No. of teams||8|
|TV partner(s)||ESPN, TruTV, TBS|
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. 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.
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 one of the NCAA's "emerging sports" (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.
The championship is held each May and consists of eight teams playing 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 2017, five 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. (All five conferences were represented in the inaugural tournament, but only four were in 2017:)
|NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship|
|Winner||Score||Runner-up||Third Place||Fourth Place|
|Gulf Shores, AL
|Gulf Shores Public Beach||USC||3–0||Florida State||UCLA||Hawaii|
|USC||2 (2016, 2017)||0||0||1 (2018)|
|UCLA||1 (2018)||0||1 (2016)||0|
|Florida State||0||2 (2016, 2018)||0||1 (2017)|
|Hawaii||0||0||2 (2017, 2018)||1 (2016)|
|Team||Tournament appearances||Tournament years||Tournament debut||Last tournament||Best result|
|USC||3||2016, 2017, 2018||2016||2018||Champions (2016, 2017)|
|UCLA||3||2016, 2017, 2018||2016||2018||Champions (2018)|
|Florida State||3||2016, 2017, 2018||2016||2018||Runners-Up (2016, 2018)|
|Pepperdine||3||2016, 2017, 2018||2016||2018||Runners-Up (2017)|
|Hawaii||3||2016, 2017, 2018||2016||2018||Third place (2017, 2018)|
|LSU||2||2017, 2018||2017||2018||Fifth place (2017)|
|South Carolina||2||2017, 2018||2017||2018||Seventh place (2017, 2018)|
|Arizona||1||2016||2016||2016||Fifth place (2016)|
|Georgia State||1||2016||2016||2016||Seventh place (2016)|
|Stetson||1||2016||2016||2016||Seventh place (2016)|
|Long Beach State||1||2017||2017||2017||Seventh place (2017)|
|Florida International||1||2018||2018||2018||Seventh place (2018)|
Turner Sports holds broadcast rights to the tournament, early-round coverage airs on TruTV, and the championship game airs on TBS. In December 2017, ESPN signed a multiyear agreement to broadcast the NCAA Women's Beach Volleyball Championship through 2022.
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