University of Arizona to add Sand Volleyball teamby Christopher C. Wuensch on Jan. 15, 2013, under Sports
If there’s one thing Tucson has…it’s a lot of sand. Just no water.
Water isn’t necessary when it comes to beach volleyball, however. The University of Arizona announced on Tuesday that women’s beach volleyball would be the school’s 20th varsity sport.
Arizona womens’ volleyball coach Steve Walker will head up the team.
”This is an exciting day for the University of Arizona and our volleyball program,” said UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne. “With our strengths as an athletics department – including strong indoor volleyball, great interest from our fans and weather that is very conducive to outdoor activity – it’s a natural fit for us.”
Sand Volleyball debuted last year with 15 schools. That number leaps to 29 this year and potentially up to 47 by the 2013-14 season.
The Grand Canyon state was the first state in the country to add sand volleyball to its high school roster in 2011. California has since joined the beach party.
Reactions from around Wildcat Nation:
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) January 15, 2013
An exciting day at the U of A…We are adding sand volleyball as the 20th U of A sport! Here is more info: arizonawildcats.com/sports/w-volle…
— Arizona Volleyball (@ArizonaVBall) January 15, 2013
— Taryne Mowatt (@tarynemowatt) January 15, 2013
Man I’m mad U of A has sand Vball now and I’m done lol I LOVE SAND
— Courtney Karst (@Courtyk23) January 15, 2013
-UA Volleyball Outside Hitter
Arizona would be getting a sand volleyball team right when I leave lol
— Max Wiepking (@maxwiepking52) January 15, 2013
- Arizona hoops reserve
— John Button Salmon (@GR8SalmonsGhost) January 15, 2013