Southern Miss Set to Add Women’s Beach Volleyball as 17th NCAA Sponsored Sport
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi will add women’s beach volleyball to its intercollegiate athletics program for the Spring, 2019, competition season, the University announced today. The University will now offer a total of 17 NCAA sponsored sports, including 10 women’s programs and seven men’s programs.
“The University of Southern Mississippi is pleased to announce the sponsorship of women’s beach volleyball,” said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert. “We are excited to offer additional opportunities for student-athletes at the University. Beach volleyball is the fastest growing NCAA sport, and is gaining in its popularity in our region.”
The NCAA named beach volleyball an emerging sport for women in 2009. At the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, 65 NCAA institutions officially sponsored women’s beach volleyball, with several others, including Southern Miss, being added since that time.
NCAA beach volleyball teams consist of five pairs of players, with each pair competing in a best-of-three match. The first team to win three matches wins the competition. Teams are required to participate in a minimum of eight dates of competition and a maximum of 16 dates of competition per season. Beach volleyball has a spring championship season, culminating in the National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship involving teams from all three NCAA Divisions.
The Southern Miss beach volleyball team will play its home matches on campus adjacent to the Payne Center.