NCAA Beach Volleyball

No. 7 Cal Set For NCAA Championships

No. 7 Cal Set For NCAA Championships

Bears Face No. 10 Long Beach State In First-Round Rematch

BERKELEY โ€“ The seventh-seeded California beach volleyball team is set to make its third straight NCAA Championship appearance this weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where it will face No. 10 Long Beach State in a first-round rematch from last year on Friday at noon PT.
Although the Golden Bears (20-11) come into the weekend as the higher tournament seed, the AVCA Coaches Poll ranks Long Beach State (25-7) seventh and Cal eighth.


Every match of the NCAA Championship will be aired on the ESPN family of networks. Friday’s matches will air on ESPNU, Saturday’s will be on ESPN2, and the Sunday final will be on ESPN.

Cal, then the eighth seed, picked up its first NCAA Championship win over then ninth-seeded Long Beach State 3-2 at the 2023 tournament. The dual came down to a third-set tiebreaker on court four where Ella Dreibholz and Lexi McKeown clinched the victory with a late run 21-14, 19-21, 15-8. Additional dรฉjร  vu could potentially await Cal in the second round with second-seeded UCLA facing No. 15 Texas A&M Corpus Christi on the other side of the bracket. The Bruins defeated the Bears 3-1 in the NCAA quarterfinal last year.
Cal will be making its third all-time NCAA Championship appearance, with all three selections coming in as many years (2022-24). The 11-year old program has made coming to Gulf Shores, Alabama a tradition as of late and has improved its seeding every year. The Bears saw a first-round exit in 2022 and picked up their first win in 2023.
The court-five duo of sophomores Portia Sherman and Jenna Colligan have been a lock for the Bears the past few weeks with a perfect 5-0 record. Colligan is 8-0 on court five this season and Sherman is 20-6. The pair could be moved up to court four for the first time this week.
Last weekend the Golden Bears posted two 5-0 wins over Sacramento State on senior day. Cal lost just one set across the two matches in its final day of competition at Clark Kerr this season.


In late April junior Ella Dreibholz picked up a pair of wins at the Stanford Invitational and became the fourth Bear in program history to reach 75 career wins. She now boasts a 76-31 record and is 24-9 this season.


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