Fourth Annual Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship

4/1/2009

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CBS College Sports Network, along with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, are again teaming up to stage an elite event featuring the nation's top women's collegiate volleyball players. The 2009 Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship will be held in downtown Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, April 18, in conjunction with the AVP Crocs Tour Riverside Open. The Championship is part of the fourth annual Alt Games, a first-of-its kind event showcasing college action sports championships.
 
The beach volleyball championship showcases the nation's top women's collegiate volleyball players in a team-style format with each school fielding four teams of two players. Following the conclusion of the event, one school will be awarded the overall Championship.    The elite roster of teams include *No. 3-ranked University of Nebraska, *No. 4-ranked University of Texas, *No. 7-ranked University of Hawaii, *No. 13-ranked USC, *No. 16-ranked University of Utah, *No. 19-ranked University of San Diego, University of North Carolina and UC Riverside.
 
Extensive television coverage of the Alt Games and beach volleyball championship kicks-off with a special one-hour program airing on CBS Sports on Saturday, May 16 (2:00 PM, ET). The show launches three weeks of Olympic style and sports specific programming on CBS College Sports Network, which includes the return of the Network's popular reality program "GO PRO OR GO HOME." 
 
Go Pro or Go Home will air as a two-part series that brings viewers on-the-sand and behind-the-scenes during a special AVP Invitational Elite Camp/Combine held in Hermosa Beach, Calif. for the nation's top 16 graduating senior collegiate women's volleyball players.   The combine features skills instruction from top professional players including Gold Medal Olympians Kerri Walsh, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers. The combine concludes with a round robin tournament that awards the winning team with a main draw berth at an AVP Crocs Tour event (specific event is to be determined). Go Pro or Go Home will document the emotion and excitement of the winning team, leading up to and during their AVP Tour debut.
 
The Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship will adhere strictly to NCAA guidelines for participation.  
 
"The Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship has been at the forefront of the movement to add Sand Volleyball as an NCAA sport," said Kathy DeBoer, Executive Director, AVCA.  "We anticipate the NCAA adding it to the Emerging Sports list for women next month, which would pave the way for colleges and universities to sponsor it as a varsity sport beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year." 
 
"Together with the AVCA and AVP, we have developed an event that has significantly helped grow and promote the sport of beach volleyball while showcasing the best collegiate programs and players in women's volleyball," said Billy Stone, Executive Producer, The Alt Games. "Now in its fourth year, the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship continues to produce compelling action and storylines that make it a perfect event for The Alt Games."   
 
"The Alt Games are a perfect way to showcase the momentum behind the sand volleyball movement," said Al Lau, Vice President, Player Relations and New Media at the AVP. "We can start growing our sport on the college level and creating new beach volleyball stars around the country."
 
More than 500 competitors from 45 different colleges and universities nationwide are expected to compete at the 2009 Alt Games, which will ultimately crown 11 national men's and women's champions in both individual and team events.  For more information, visit www.thealtgames.com.
 
Media are invited to attend the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship. For credentials, please email: dsabreen@cbs.com.
 
* Final 2008 Bison/AVCA Rankings
 
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Media Contacts:
Dan Sabreen               646-731-2357                dsabreen@cbs.com
Will Engle                     859-219-3557                will.engle@avca.org

 

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