CHARLESTON, SC Jan. 28, 2013 - The College of Charleston will embark on the 2013 sand volleyball season with one goal in mind: to make it back to the AVCA National Championships.
The Cougars were just one of four teams selected for last season’s inaugural championships and Charleston finished fourth in the team competition and tied for ninth in the individual pairs tournament.
Charleston returns all but one player, Elyse Chubb, from last year’s semifinal squad and will add a talented group of freshmen and transfer Darcy Dorton. In the fall, the Cougars won the Southern Conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Second Round in indoor volleyball.
“I am definitely looking forward to another great sand season,” head coach Jason Kepner said. “Last year was so much and the team really excelled at the right time of the year, making a trip to the AVCA Final Four.”
The 2013 season kicks off at home with the CofC Sand Tournament at the Creekside Sand Courts in the Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The tournament will go from Friday, March 22 to Sunday, March 24 and feature Mercer, UAB and Georgia State. The Cougars play Mercer on Friday afternoon, UAB on Saturday afternoon and Georgia State on Sunday afternoon.
“I am looking forward to hosting another great event this year, and feel that starting our season at home will be a big benefit,” Kepner said. “We end the schedule with a very challenging trip to Florida State and then hopefully a return trip to the AVCA Championships.”
On March 29, CofC travels to Jacksonville, Fla., for a two-day tournament with UAB, Stetson and host Jacksonville.
On April 12, Charleston will travel to Siesta Key, Fla., to compete in the Fiesta on Siesta Tournament. College of Charleston will face Tulane on Friday, April 12 in a team dual, before entering individual pairs in the two-day tournament on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Last season, Charleston finished third in the Siesta Key tournament.
College of Charleston will have one final tune-up in a tournament at Florida State, the third-place finisher in last year’s AVCA National Championships. The Cougars will face the host Seminoles, UAB and Georgia State on April 20-21.
The AVCA National Championships will return to Gulf Shores, Ala., on May 3-5 with a four-squad team tournament and 16-group pairs tournament. The teams are selected by the AVCA organizing committee.
Currently classified as an NCAA emerging sport, sand volleyball added seven new sponsoring schools this season to bring the overall number to 22 schools. Once the sport reaches 40 schools, it will be eligible to be a part of the NCAA Championships.