Pac-12 to crown first-ever beach volleyball champions this week
1 - 2016 marks the inaugural season of beach volleyball sponsorship by the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference. The Pac-12 will host its first-ever league championships - both pairs and team - for the conference’s 23rd sport April 28-May 1 at Merle Norman Stadium on the campus of USC in Los Angeles.
The NCAA will host its first beach volleyball national championship event May 6-8 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The eight-team field will be selected from the 56 NCAA institutions sponsoring the sport of beach volleyball. Of the 56 teams, three teams will be selected from the east region and three teams will be selected from the west region. The remaining two teams will be selected at-large from the teams across the country. The full championship bracket will be announced via a Selection Show on NCAA.com at 7 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 1.
2 - Sets of twins set to compete in both the Pac-12 Championships Pairs and Team Brackets in ARIZONA’s Madison and McKenna Witt and UCLA’s Megan and Nicole McNamara. The Witt’s are the No. 2 seed in the Pairs event, while the McNamara’s are the No. 3 seed - should they win both of their Thursday matches, the two sets of twins could meet in a semifinal match on Friday at 10 a.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.
3 - The number of Pac-12 beach volleyball teams in the latest AVCA Top 10 poll, tied with the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) for the conference with the most teams in the national poll.
4 - The number of Pac-12 beach volleyball teams in the latest DiG Magazine Top 20 poll, tied with the West Coast Conference for the second-most teams from one conference, trailing only the CCSA’s six.
7 - The number of Pac-12 alumnae currently among the 28 professionals of the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour, the most for any conference in the country:
>> Kerri Walsh Jennings (STAN), April Ross (USC), Lauren Fendrick (UCLA), Jen Kessy (USC), Geena Urgano (USC), Morgan Miller (CAL), Rachel Scott (COLO)
11 - The number of Pac-12 alumnae to compete in beach volleyball at the Olympic Games, including medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings (STAN), Jen Kessy (USC), Holly McPeak (CAL/UCLA), April Ross (UCLA) and Elaine Youngs (UCLA).
37 - The combined team win streak for the Pac-12 Championships top three seeds enter the event - USC enters on a 22-match streak, while UCLA has won 10 straight and ARIZONA five. The Trojans’ 22-match streak is the second-longest in program history.
61 - Consecutive victories for the USC pair of juniors Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, including a perfect 36-0 record in all competitions in 2016. The duo’s last loss came on April 2, 2015 before winning their final 25 matches en route to the 2015 AVCA Pairs National Championship and guiding the Trojans to their first-ever AVCA national title with a perfect 28-0 mark.
69.6 - The Pac-12's combined win percentage against all non-conference competition (78-34), including a 75-34 mark versus NCAA varsity programs.
73.8 - The Pac-12 Conference's combined win percentage against the other four NCAA beach volleyball conferences (59-21).
>> 2-0 vs. Atlantic Sun; 25-5 vs. Big West; 12-4 vs. CCSA; 20-12 vs. West Coast