One of the fastest growing NCAA intercollegiate sports, beach volleyball, will be coming to McNeese Athletics in the spring of 2024.

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The addition of the program will give McNeese 15 NCAA sponsored sports programs.

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Director of Athletics Heath Schroyer said in a press release:

I'm really excited to add beach volleyball as a Division I varsity sport, it's a sport that has been growing in popularity both regionally and nationally. When I took over as full-time AD a few years ago, I took on the responsibility of evaluating where we were holistically as a department and where the NCAA stood in regards to their expectations and an emphasis of moving forward. Adding beach volleyball was something I wanted and needed to do.

The Southland Conference began sponsoring the program in 2020 and currently has seven schools that are affiliates – A&M-Corpus Christi, Boise State, HCU, New Orleans, Nicholls, San Jose State, and Southeastern.

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Cowgirl volleyball head coach Sasha Karelov said this in the press release:

I am pleased and excited to be adding beach volleyball at McNeese. As the fastest growing collegiate sport, particularly within the Southland Conference, it is a no-brainer for our university to invest in this program. Beach volleyball is one of the most entertaining and impressive sports to watch and the Lake Charles community will fall in love with it. As a former collegiate beach volleyball player myself, I have so much passion for it and I am aware of the positive impact it has made on me. I can't wait to see what our current indoor players do on the sand, as well as recruit some high-caliber beach players to blaze the trail for the future of McNeese Beach Volleyball.

South Beach Volleyball McNeese will serve as the home practice and competition facility for the Cowgirls.

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