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HBU adding sand volleyball in 2016
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
By Staff

HOUSTON (BP) - Houston Baptist University has added women's sand volleyball as its 17th NCAA Division I sport to begin competition in spring 2016.

"We are looking forward to the addition of our next sport sand volleyball," HBU President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said. "We already have several outstanding women's sports, and the addition of this new and very exciting Olympic sport will offer even more opportunities to prospective female student-athletes."

"We had many outstanding sports to consider, but we believe sand volleyball makes the most sense for our department, considering our location," Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci said. "The growth and popularity of the sport in this region, as well as having an outstanding facility nearby, should help us field a competitive team quickly, and we feel the benefits to our indoor team could not be overstated."

HBU head volleyball coach Trent Herman will oversee both programs until staff assignments have been determined. According to NCAA rules, the Huskies will be allowed to add one additional full-time volleyball coach.

There are currently 46 other Division I programs, since the NCAA approved sand volleyball as an emerging sport in 2009 in preparation for competition in 2011. HBU and New Orleans will be the first programs in the Southland Conference, while TCU is the only other program in the state of Texas.

In sand volleyball, two schools play five best two-out-of-three set doubles matches against one another, with the winner being the first to claim at least three of the contests.

All indoor volleyball scholarship student-athletes are eligible to compete on the sand volleyball team, but student-athletes recruited to play sand volleyball are not eligible to compete on the indoor team until their junior year, then they would be counted toward an indoor scholarship. The indoor squad receives 12 full scholarships, while the sand squad receives six scholarships, which can be divided between team members.

HBU will practice and play its home competitions at Third Coast Volleyball Club, less than three miles from campus.

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