April 16, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State sand volleyball team was selected as one of four teams for the first-ever Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship late Sunday night by the AVCA National Championships Committee.
The Seminoles will be joined by Pepperdine, Long Beach State University and the College of Charleston at the event, which will be held in Gulf Shores, Ala., from April 27-29.
The competition will also feature a 16-team Pairs Championship, where the FSU tandem of junior Aurora Newgard and sophomore Brittany Tiegs captured the No. 1 seed, while the Nole duo of senior Jekaterina Stepanova and freshman Jace Pardon earned the No. 5 seed.
Newgard and Tiegs have won three tournaments this season, including this past weekend's Fiesta at Siesta Key.
CBS Sports Network will televise portions of the competition in two hour-long specials. Part 1 of their coverage will air beginning on June 6 at 9 pm EST and Part 2 will begin airing on Wednesday, June 13, also at 9 PM EST. A group of community partners including the Gulf Coast Region of USA Volleyball, the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and several local businesses combined to win the bid to host the first Collegiate Sand National Championships.
The Team Championship will be held on April 28. Each of the four schools will field five doubles teams ranked in order. The schools will compete in dual matches in which the winner is the team capturing three of the five flights. Play will start at 11 a.m. CT on five championship courts that have been constructed specifically for this event. Teams will battle in a double elimination format with duals scheduled on the hour, and the final matchup scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CT.
The Pairs Championship will consist of sixteen doubles teams engaged in pool play on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. The results of that play will determine the seeding of the 16 pairs into a single elimination tournament on April 29. First round matches will start at 8 a.m., with quarter finals scheduled for 9 a.m. Both semi-finals and the championship match will be held on center court, beginning at 11 a.m., and will be covered in depth by CBS Sports Network.
The Seminoles wrap up the regular season this Saturday at Noon with matches against UAB and FAU at the Seminole Sand Volleyball Complex.
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