Welcoming varsity sand volleyball
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 10:00 AM
Colorado Mesa University recently announced the addition of a varsity sand volleyball team to its athletic programs. The team will begin competing in spring 2016 and will be eligible for the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship.
“The addition of sand volleyball reaches one of our goals at CMU which is to create vibrant and varied campus setting that values diversity and diverse activities, and encourages involvement and interaction outside the classroom,” said CMU President Tim Foster.
“Sand volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports at the NCAA level,” said CMU Athletic Director Tom Spicer. “We have a strong indoor volleyball tradition at Colorado Mesa University, and we are excited to carry that enthusiasm over to the spring with sand volleyball. A majority of our students on-campus are women and this will give them another opportunity to participate in athletics at the NCAA level.”
Sand volleyball is the 24th NCAA sport at the university and the 30th varsity program in the athletic department.
“I am thrilled we are starting a sand program at CMU and leading the way as the first Colorado school to add [it] as a varsity sport,” said David Skaff, who will serve as head coach of the team. “The sand game does a great job of exposing player’s weaknesses and forcing them into strengths. It really develops players’ abilities to think outside the box, increasing their overall volleyball IQ. Sand will give us a recruiting edge as a lot of athletes are looking to play both indoor and sand.”
CMU is the 52nd NCAA school, the fifth Division II school and the first school in Colorado to add a sand volleyball program. The team will compete in a minimum of eight matches against schools mainly from the California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nebraska.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations