Beach Volleyball Opens Season in New Orleans
The Utah Beach Volleyball team is ready for another season after last season was cut short due to COVID-19. The Utes finished off the 2020 season by beating Irvine Valley College 3-2. With a fresh roster, the team is looking forward to a competitive season this spring.
"Our team is really excited for this season to get started especially since last season was cut short," said head coach Brenda Barton Whicker. "Teams across the country will be dealing with changes and challenges and we will be grateful for each chance we get to step on the court. We have a lot of new and young players that are hungry to compete and improve their game. I'm excited for the experience they will gain playing at this level and to watch their progress."
With ten fresh new players on the team and two returning, there are a lot of eager competitors ready to play. Olivia Teerlink and Keana Smalls are returning for their senior seasons, with Smalls going 2-6 this past season. With all the new talent, there will be plenty of fresh faces on the sand. This year's roster represents five states, Alabama, California, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Utah.
Utah will start off the season in the south and then move on to playing teams such as Colorado Mesa and Boise State. At the end of March, the Utes will take on conference play against Stanford, Cal, USC, and Arizona. They will also host a tournament for the second time in program history on Saturday, April 24. The season will conclude at Pac-12s from April 30- May 2.
This weekend, the Utah Beach Volleyball team will head down to the south to take on UAB and Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, and Tulane and New Orleans on Saturday.