Beach Volleyball Coming to Ottawa University

Posted by Janae Melvin on April 26, 2018 in The OUKS and OUAZ athletic departments will welcome a new sport in the spring of 2018 with the addition of women’s beach volleyball. This new sport takes the Braves athletic program to 28 athletics teams and the Spirit athletic programs to 22 teams.
“With the growth and success of our volleyball programs under Coach Melissa Blessington, it is a perfect time to add what is a very popular sport for women to our line up,” said OU Athletic Director Arabie Conner. “We were intrigued by the additional opportunity to compete in another sport for our current players while also attracting players particularly passionate and skilled in beach.”

Currently beach volleyball is not yet listed as an emerging sport in the NAIA, but is quickly expanding and will certainly be on the national radar within the next few years. The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) reports that 95 college teams exist throughout the country. There are 53 NCAA Division I programs, eight NCAA Division II programs, three NCAA Division III programs, six NAIA programs, and 26 programs in the California Community College ranks.
“OUAZ Athletics is excited to be on the forefront of one of the fastest growing intercollegiate sports in the nation,” said OUAZ director of athletics Kevin Steele. “The addition of beach volleyball to our varsity offerings opens up more great opportunities for young ladies to continue playing the sport that they love, while pursuing the degree which they will need and want. The addition makes perfect sense in a city where most of the high schools play beach as a normal part of their offerings as does our neighboring state of California.”