2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship

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2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship
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Dates May 6–8, 2016
Teams 8
Champions USC (1st title)
Runners-up Florida State (1st title match)
Third place UCLA
Fourth place Hawaii
Matches played 14
2017

The 2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship was the first annual tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA women's collegiate beach volleyball in the United States. The tournament was played on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, from May 6–8, 2016. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) had previously sponsored a beach volleyball championship prior to the NCAA's sanctioning of the sport in 2015.

USC defeated Florida State in the championship match, 3 sets to 0, to clinch the inaugural national title.[1] This was the Trojans' second consecutive national title, having won the last AVCA tournament before the change in the event's sponsor.

Qualification[edit]

There is only one national championship for beach volleyball, so all sixty NCAA beach volleyball programs, whether from the Division I, Division II, and Division III, were eligible for the tournament field. A total of eight teams were ultimately invited to contest this championship. Three bids were awarded to the top three teams in both the East and West Regions, and two at-large bids were awarded to the best remaining teams from either region.[2]

Teams[edit]

Team Record Bid Type Region Appearance Last Bid
Arizona 19–5 At-large West 1st Never
Florida State 29–1 Automatic East 1st Never
Georgia State 25–8 Automatic East 1st Never
Hawaii 16–8 At-large West 1st Never
Pepperdine 19–3 Automatic West 1st Never
Stetson 26–7 Automatic East 1st Never
UCLA 19–6 Automatic West 1st Never
USC 30–2 Automatic West 1st Never

Format[edit]

All eight teams were subsequently seeded and paired accordingly in the first round of a double-elimination style tournament to be played across a three-day span. Matches were won by the first team to win three-of-five sets.

Bracket[edit]

  Matches 1–6
Friday, May 6
    Matches 7–10
Friday, May 6
Saturday, May 7
    Matches 11–12
Saturday, May 7
    Match 13
Sunday, May 8
    Championship
Match 14

Sunday, May 8
                                               
  Winner's Bracket
  1 Florida State 3  
  8 Stetson 0    
      1 Florida State 3  
      5 Hawaii 2    
  5 Hawaii 3          
  4 UCLA 0        
      1 Florida State 1            
      2 USC 3              
  3 Pepperdine 3              
  6 Arizona 1                
      3 Pepperdine 0          
      2 USC 3        
  7 Georgia State 0          
  2 USC 3         2 USC 3
      1 Florida State 0
  Loser's Bracket      
  8 Stetson 2        
  4 UCLA 3     3 Pepperdine 2        
    4 UCLA 3          
      4 UCLA 3        
  6 Arizona 3         5 Hawaii 0     1 Florida State 3    
  7 Georgia State 2     5 Hawaii 3         4 UCLA 0  
    6 Arizona 0  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship selections announced". NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved May 9, 2016.