USA South Teams Compete in Sand Volleyball Tournament
CARY, N.C. - May 4, 2010 - Four USA South Athletic Conference schools brought 13 sand volleyball teams to Green Hope Park in Cary, N.C. on Apr. 17 for a clinic and tournament. Averett University, Mary Baldwin College, Methodist University and Peace College combined to make up the tournament field.
More than 65 boys and girls attended the clinic conducted by the student-athletes. The hour-long session served as an opportunity to teach the fundamentals of volleyball to area youth.
Following the clinic, the tournament consisted of each team playing in four matches. Organized by Methodist University head coach Eddie Matthews, Molten served as a sponsor for the event.
"This was a great opportunity for all of the players to experience sand for the first time," said Danny Miller, Averett University head coach. "I'm glad they were able to compete in a different type of volleyball and still work to grow the game at the same time."
Earlier this year, NCAA Division I institutions voted to label sand volleyball as an emerging sport and the USA South teams hope to increase the interest in Division III through their spring tournament.
"Playing in the sand added a different perspective to a sport I've played for eight years," Rachel Evans, Methodist volleyball player said. "It was also a great way to interact with other USA South volleyball players and to teach the game that we love to children in the area."
Matthews hopes to make the tournament an annual event as NCAA Division III continues to investigate the future of sand volleyball.
-Article courtesy of Methodist athletics.