Sand Volleyball

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Photo by Ninoska Nunez

The Jacksonville University Women’s Sand Volleyball team took to the court March 9 for their inaugural match against the University of North Florida.

Back in the spring of 2011, JU approved Sand Volleyball as a varsity sport. Later that year, they were added to the Atlantic Sun Conference for the upcoming season.

Friday, all the hard work came full circle as the sand volleyball team made their debut. Through much fight and effort, the girls fell to UNF 4-1. They entered the final match of the day needing a win to stay alive, but came up just shy.

The teams split into 5 pairs for 5 flights. Each flight was a best of 3 format. Among those to compete were Kylie Jacob, Alyssa Robertson, Nicole Teplitz, and Niatha Cullen. Teplitz and Cullen secured the lone victory for JU on the day.

“I was proud of our team today,” said JU Head Coach Michelle Collier. “We have had very little practice in the sand and we competed really well against a team that has been practicing a couple weeks longer then us. This is going to be a great sport for JU and our team is ready to put in the work to get better and develop as sand volleyball players.”

As of August 2011, women’s sand volleyball was recognized by NCAA Division 1 as an emerging sport. JU’s roster is compromised of the members of their indoor volleyball team.

“I wanted to thank Athletic Director Alan Verlander and our support staff for working hard to make it a great facility for our girls to play in,” said Collier. “I also want to thank our fans for coming out and creating an awesome atmosphere. I’m looking forward to the future of our program.”

The girls will next play March 27 vs Hawaii starting at 10a.m. followed by a match vs Florida Atlantic University on March 29 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be held at the Dolphin Beach Volleyball Complex located near the Wurn Pool.

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