NCAA Beach success started with AVCA


Last weekend’s inaugural NCAA Beach Championship conducted in Gulf Shores, Ala., was in essence a continuation of the event started by the AVCA. Before beach volleyball became a sanctioned NCAA sport, the AVCA put on the AVCA CollegiateSand Volleyball Championship, starting it in 2012. This year, the AVCA handed it off to the NCAA and, frankly, the NCAA lucked out. The weather could not have been more perfect on the white sands of Gulf Shores, the competition — won by USC — went seamlessly, Turner put forth national network TV coverage, and there is no reason to think that the event won’t grow bigger and better. AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer was the driving force behind the previous event and the handing over of it to the NCAA. caught up with DeBoer, the hardest-working person in all of volleyball,  in Gulf Shores.



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