COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Oregon sand volleyball team will make a cross-country trip for its first match in program history, Friday, against South Carolina at 7 p.m. The match will be part of a three-day Gamecock Invitational, where the Ducks will play a total of five matches.
Oregon vs. South Carolina – 4 p.m. PT
Oregon vs. LSU – 10:30 a.m. PT
Oregon vs. College of Charleston – 2:45 p.m. PT
Oregon vs. Louisiana-Monroe – 6 a.m.PT
Oregon vs. Alabama-Birmingham – 11:30 a.m. PT
The weekend will start a week-long road trip for the Oregon sand team, which will make the trip back to the West Coast to play three more matches in California. The Ducks will play CSU Bakersfield, March 26 in Bakersfield before a doubleheader in Los Angeles against USC and CSU Northridge, March 27.
Scouting the Competition:
South Carolina is in its inaugural season of the sport and holds a 2-4 record entering the tournament.
LSU is also in its first season of sand volleyball, with the Tigers dropping their debut against ULM.
ULM is in its second season with a 1-4 record.
Both UAB and College of Charleston are in their third season and have yet to get a win this season. UAB is 0-3 to start the season while College of Charleston will make its season debut at the Gamecock Invitational.
Sand Volleyball 101:
Each school will field five doubles teams ranked by ability, similar to how collegiate tennis is formatted. Each doubles team plays again the corresponding team or teams from other schools. In a dual meet, the winning team is the school winning three of five matches. Individual matches are two sets to 21, with a tiebreaker set to 15 if needed. All sets are rally scoring and must be won by two points. Tournament play will still employ flights. Points are awarded based on finish in each of the five brackets and a total team score determines the winner of the event.
Ducks Add 20th Program:
The University of Oregon Athletics Department announced the addition of women’s sand volleyball to begin NCAA competition, September 27, 2013. Sand volleyball becomes Oregon’s 12th women’s program and 20th overall.