Gulf Shores, Alabama to host 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships


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Lexington, Ky. (November 11, 2011) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association is pleased to announce that the inaugural AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships will be held in Gulf Shores, Alabama, April 27-29, 2012.  "We, as the AVCA Sand Volleyball committee, are extremely excited to have the Gulf Coast Region of USA Volleyball host our first varsity championships," said committee chair and Pepperdine University coach, Nina Matthias. "Gulf Shores is a beautiful beach and a wonderful setting to launch our emerging sport. The central location enables many of the universities sponsoring sand volleyball to attend with reasonable travel costs. It should be a fantastic weekend and an awesome way to finish the first collegiate sand volleyball season!"

Located in the north-central region of the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Shores boasts some of the world best white sand beaches.  The Gulf Coast Region of USA Volleyball will be supported by many businesses in the local area.  "On behalf of all communities on the Northern Gulf Coast, we are both honored and excited to be selected to host the 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships," said Philip Bryant, Commissioner of the Gulf Coast Region. "Gulf Shores in April is a delightful location; always friendly, always warm and always a memorable destination. We have a passion for the sport of sand volleyball and look forward to partnering with the AVCA and each university."

The 2012 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championship will consist of both a Team Championship (which will include the top four NCAA women's sand teams) and a Pairs Championship (which will consist of the top 16 collegiate doubles teams).  Invitations to participate will be based on 2012 season results and tournament selections will be made by a committee.

"We are encouraged by the enthusiasm for collegiate sand volleyball from different parts of the country," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Getting this bid was the result of a community-wide effort by the city of Gulf Shores, Vince Thompson of MELT and many others.  I fully believe they will put together a terrific event."     

In addition to the Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championship, Gulf Shores will play host to both an adult and a junior's sand tournament during the weekend. The AVCA hopes to bring together beach players of all ages in conjunction with the Championship to promote the growth of this emerging sport.


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The AVCA is headquartered in Lexington, Ky., and is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to develop both the sport of volleyball and its coaches. With a membership of over 5,600 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world and networking opportunities for providers of volleyball products and services. Further information is available at

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