Cal To Face 13 Teams That Advanced To Last Year’s NCAA Championship
BERKELEY – The 2024 California beach volleyball schedule features 13 of the 16 teams that qualified for last year’s NCAA Championship and the entire top 10 of the 2023 final AVCA poll.
The Golden Bears open the season with a weekend of home matches at Clark Kerr Sand Courts, beginning Feb. 23 with duals against American River College and San Jose State. Cal returns to its home courts the next day to take on Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara.
The Bears then go on the road for over a month to face top-notch competition every week. Arizona State hosts the Pac-12 South Tournament on March 9-10 and the following weekend Cal travels to Manhattan Beach for the “East Meets West” tournament in which the Golden Bears will take on LSU, Florida State, Georgia State and Hawai’i – each of which was ranked in the top 15 to close out last season.
Cal will play in a tri-meet with Cal Poly and Feather River College at home March 26 before traveling to LSU for another gauntlet of a tournament against the host Tigers, Florida State, TCU and Florida Atlantic. TCU and Florida State each advanced to the NCAA Final Four last year.
USC and UCLA – who met in the NCAA title match last season with the Trojans coming out on top – will be on the docket when the Bears take part in the Pac-12 North Tournament at Washington on April 5-6. Cal will also play the host Huskies and Arizona, each of which finished last year in the AVCA poll.
The Bears will host Senior Day on April 12 against Sacramento State before a final regular season ultra-competitive tournament at Stanford, which will feature the Cardinal, Washington and Grand Canyon. Cal, Stanford and Grand Canyon all finished last year ranked in the top 10 while the Huskies were 15th.
The 2024 Pac-12 Championship will take place April 24-26 at Arizona State while the NCAA Championship is scheduled for May 3-5 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The Bears are coming off a historic 2023 season in which they advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the first time and broke program records for single-season wins (29) and winning percentage (.743). Cal also advanced to the finals of the Pac-12 Championship for the first time.