BEACH VOLLEYBALL READY FOR INAUGURAL BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

BEACH VOLLEYBALL READY FOR INAUGURAL BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Big West Tournament Central

Tournament Brackets (pdf)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State beach volleyball program will compete in the inaugural Big West Conference Beach Volleyball Championship this Friday and Saturday at the Beach Boulevard Courts in Huntington Beach. Long Beach State is the host institution for the event, and admission to all matches is free.

All six beach volleyball playing schools in the Big West will participate in the two-day event which features a double-elimination format. Last summer, the Big West announced the addition of beach volleyball as the conference's 17th-sponsored sport. Four Big West institutions currently field beach volleyball teams including Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State and Hawai'i. CSU Bakersfield and Sacramento State joined the conference as associate members in beach volleyball, giving the league the minimum six teams required for postseason NCAA automatic qualification.

Seeding for the tournament are as follows - No. 1 Hawai'i, No. 2 Long Beach State, No. 3 CSUN, No. 4 CSU Bakersfield, No. 5 Cal Poly and No. 6 Sacramento State. The Big West features a pair of nationally ranked teams in No. 5 Hawai'i and No. 8 Long Beach State.

The Hornets begin the tournament on Friday at 10:30 a.m. where they will play CSUN (formerly known as Cal State Northridge). The winner of that match will play Long Beach State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Should Sacramento State lose to CSUN, the Hornets will be slotted into the losers bracket where they will play at 3 p.m. against an opponent to be determined.

The tournament championship final is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, crowning the first-ever Big West Champion.

Sacramento State is a combined 0-2 against the tournament field, but those losses came via 3-2 scores to Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield. The Hornets have yet to play CSUN, Long Beach State or Hawai'i this season.

The Hornets (1-19) are seeking their first win against a Div. I institution as the team's lone win came against Feather River College. Of the team's 19 losses, seven have come against ranked opposition, and Sacramento State has lost via 3-2 scores on six occasions.

For more tournament information and brackets, please click on the links above the story.