Monday, 11 December 2023

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UCLA to Join MPSF for Beach Volleyball in 2025

UCLA to Join MPSF for Beach Volleyball in 2025

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LOS ANGELES – The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) has announced the addition of beach volleyball to its list of sponsored sports beginning with the 2025 season. The news marks the third sport in the last two calendar years to be added to the conference.

Twelve sports for the MPSF exceeds the previous all-time high of 11 during the 2010-13 academic years as well as the current 2021-24 three-year stretch. MPSF Beach Volleyball will feature California, Grand Canyon, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, and Washington, all of which are entering their final year with the Pac-12 Conference except for the Antelopes, who competed as an independent in their first 10 years before moving to the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) ahead of the 2023 season.

“The MPSF is extremely excited to provide beach volleyball student-athletes an incredible conference experience on the west coast,” said MPSF Administrative Committee Chair and Grand Canyon Senior Associate Athletics Director Tim Baron. “We look forward to working alongside the athletic directors, administrators, coaches and student-athletes of these distinguished universities.”

The inaugural MPSF Beach Volleyball Championship Tournament is scheduled for April 2025, with the specific dates and location to be determined. The 2025 NCAA Championship Tournament will be held May 2-4 in Huntington Beach, California for the first time.

USC has won five of the seven NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships, including the last three, while UCLA has captured the other two titles. Entering the 2024 season, USC (236-38; .861) and UCLA (246-41; .857) have an astonishing combined record of 482-79 (.859) in their NCAA Beach Volleyball histories, and have routinely finished in the top-three of the national rankings. The Trojans and Bruins are members of the MPSF in men’s and women’s water polo as well as men’s volleyball. Both USC and UCLA are headed to the Big-10 as their primary conference starting in the fall of 2024.

“We are excited for the opportunity to join the MPSF in August of 2024, in time for the 2025 beach volleyball season,” UCLA Head Beach Volleyball Coach Jenny Johnson Jordan said. “Our student-athletes will greatly benefit from playing in a conference that is established and well-known in the…

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