The NCAA has confirmed that sand volleyball will have its first NCAA-sanctioned national championship in 2016. This year in its fourth season as an emerging sport, sand volleyball boasts 50 participating schools, including programs in their inaugural seasons like Texas Christian, University of Portland, University of New Mexico, University of New Orleans, Cal Poly, and Division II school, and first Tennessee-based sand program, Carson-Newman. Many suspect that with the announcement of the national championship, even more colleges will be interested in the sport, and conferences will encourage their members to get on board so they can have conference sand volleyball championships. The NCAA hopes to announce host sites for the new championship in the fall of this year.
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