Tuesday, 30 May 2023

NCAA Beach Volleyball

No. 1 UCLA Earns Top Seed for NCAA Championship

No. 1 UCLA Earns Top Seed for NCAA Championship

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INDIANAPOLIS — No. 1 UCLA (37-3) has earned the top-seed for the 2023 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship as announced by the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. PT.

The Bruins will face the winner of the play-in match (opening round game on May 3 at 4:00 p.m. CT) which features 16th-seeded UT Martin (26-8) and 17th-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (24-9) on Friday, May 5 at 9:00 1.m. CT/7:00 a.m. PT.

This is UCLA’s seventh NCAA Championship appearance as the Bruins sport an overall record of 20-9 (.690) in NCAA Tournament play. The Bruins won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2018 and 2019. UCLA also has one second- two third- and one fifth-place finish in NCAA Tournament history.

The NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Committee announced today the 17-team field for the 2023 NCAA Championship in a selection show streamed on NCAA.com. The field was selected from the 93 NCAA institutions sponsoring the sport of beach volleyball.

Nine teams were selected as automatic qualifiers, along with eight teams selected at-large from all across the country. All 17 teams were then seeded.

Conferences receiving automatic qualification included ASUN Conference, Big West Conference, Coastal Collegiate Association Beach Volleyball, Conference USA, Ohio Valley Conference, Southland Conference, PAC-12 Conference, Sun Belt Conference and the West Coast Conference.

The opening round of the championship will be held Wednesday, May 3 with the 16 and 17 seeds vying for a matchup with the top seed, UCLA. The remaining 16 seeds will face off in a single elimination bracket May 5-7. The first round will take place on May 5, the quarterfinals and semifinals on May 6 and the championship dual on May 7. The championship will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala., hosted by the City of Gulf Shores, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports and Event.

The event will be televised live by ESPN networks, with ESPNU providing live coverage on Friday, May 5 starting at 10 a.m. ET. Live coverage will continue Saturday, May 6 on ESPN2, starting at 10 a.m. ET and the…

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