Florida Southern Wins Second-Annual Sunshine State Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships


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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Florida Southern College won the overall team title at the second-annual Sunshine State Collegiate Beach Championships contested Saturday at the Club V Volleyball facility in Clearwater. 


The Lady Mocs accumulated the most points in pool play and play-offs to earn the crown. In all, 41 teams representing nine institutions from the Sunshine State Conference competed in the all-day event promoted and supported by the coaches of the participating institutions. 


Beach or sand volleyball is not yet an official, sanctioned sport by the NCAA.  Representatives from NCAA Division I and Division II schools will vote next month on whether to place "sand" volleyball on the NCAA Emerging Sports list.


The second-annual Sunshine State Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships consisted of pool play in four divisions (or pools), followed by play-offs in each division/pool.  (See official results below) 


"All of the student-athletes played hard and the tournament went well, even though we experienced sustained winds of 25-30 miles per hour throughout the day," Tournament Director David Carstenson said.



Overall Team Winner: Florida Southern College

(Results based on pool play and playoffs by all teams)


Gold Division/Pool:           1st Place:         Danielle Durham & Danielle Higginbotham

                                                                        Florida Southern College

                                                2nd Place:     Melissa Vanderhall & Kaleigh Cunningham

                                                                        University of Tampa


Silver Division/Pool:          1st Place:        Ashley Martin & Natalie Arvizu

                                                                        Florida Southern College

                                                2nd Place:     Lacey Redwine & Devon Woolard

                                                                        Lynn University


Bronze Division/Pool:      1st Place:         Jenny Sherwood & Karin Barborikova

                                                                        Rollins College

                                                2nd Place:     Sophie Gagnon & Jessica Shirey

                                                                        Lynn University


Copper Division:                1st Place:         Danielle Bletso & Michelle Nogueras

                                                                        Saint Leo University

                                                2nd Place:     Angie Lassum & Janelle Branch

                                                                         Florida Institute of Technology (FIT)


- www.flcollegiatebeachvolleyball.com -



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