Beach Volleyball Opens 2019 Campaign
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
BIG WEST EXPANDS TO SEVEN
With UC Davis’ addition of beach volleyball, the Big West Conference expands to seven teams for the 2019 season.
UC DAVIS HIRES FORMER BIG WEST STANDOUT
Former Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and a professional player for the past decade, Ali McColloch joins the UC Davis coaching staff as the university’s first head beach volleyball coach. Formerly Ali Daley, McColloch began her collegiate volleyball career at Long Beach State, where she made the All-Big West first team and garnered the conference’s top freshman honors in 2005 before transferring to UCLA.
2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT RECAP
#3 Hawai‘i completed its 2018 campaign with a 37-5 overall record after falling to only two teams all year in No. 1 UCLA (three times) and No. 2 Florida State (twice). The Sandbows defeated #6 South Carolina 3-0 to open NCAA action before defeating #2 Pepperdine 3-2 that same day. After advancing to the winner’s bracket , UH fell to #4 FSU 3-2 and #1 UCLA 3-2 on its final day of competition. The Sandbows’ No. 3 pair in Carly Kan and Laurel Weaver were named to the all-tournament team after a perfect 4-0 showing over the weekend. For the second-straight season, UH finished third-best in NCAA action behind national champion, UCLA, and Florida State.
After taking down Big West opposition at the conference tournament at Queen’s Beach, Hawai‘i earned its third-straight Big West Tournament title last season. The ’Bows defeated #5 CSU Bakersfield in a 5-0 sweep to open competition then went on to take a 5-0 win over #3 Long Beach State in the winner’s bracket meeting before a 4-1 victory over the Beach to claim the crown.
HISTORIC CAMPAIGN REVIEW
For the first time in program history, Cal Poly finished with a record above .500 with a 27-7 mark overall. The Mustangs received its highest ever ranking in history at No. 4 and spent the duration of the season in the top 10 (10 weeks). CP cracked the top 5 for four consecutive weeks (April 2 - April 23) and spent two weeks at No. 4. Long Beach State completed its memorable campaign at the Big West Tournament, finishing with a 26-8 overall mark on the year. The Beach spent the duration of the seaon in the top-10 in the national poll and was ranked in the top-5 for two consecutive weeks (March 19 - 26). The Beach advanced to the championship match of the Big West Tournament for the third-straight season.
2019 CONFERENCE POSTSEASON
A seven-team, double-elimination conference tournament will take place at Zuma Beach in Malibu, Calif. on April 26 through April 27. All seven teams advance to the double-elimination tournament on Friday and Saturday with the No. 1 seed receiving a first round bye. Seeding of the event will be determined by the conference office based on criteria that includes head-to-head results, common opponents, AVCA national poll and overall records.