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NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
NCAA logo.svg
Sport College beach volleyball
Founded 2016
No. of teams 8
Country  United States
Most recent
TV partner(s) ESPN, TruTV, TBS
Official website

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.


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.[2]


USC at the inaugural tournament

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
Year Site
Host Venue Final Semifinalists
Winner Score Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
Gulf Shores, AL
Gulf Shores Public Beach USC 3–0 Florida State UCLA Hawaii
USC 3–2 Pepperdine Hawaii Florida State
UCLA 3-1 Florida State Hawaii USC


Cumulative results[edit]

Team Championships Runners-up Third-place Fourth-place
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)
Pepperdine 0 1 (2017) 0 0


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.[3][4] In December 2017, ESPN signed a multiyear agreement to broadcast the NCAA Women's Beach Volleyball Championship through 2022.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA News. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NCAA's newest championship will be called beach volleyball". NCAA. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Culver column: FSU beach volleyball could be a part of NCAA history". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Turner Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Present NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship". NCAA. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "NCAA awards ESPN beach volleyball rights". December 20, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 

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