WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW head coach Amy Bambenek is pleased to announce the schedule for the beach volleyball program's inaugural season. The slate includes eight events, opening on March 5 and concluding with the NCAA Beach National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on May 6-8.
"Our coaches and players are very excited about what the future holds for our inaugural beach season," Bambenek said. "We will have the opportunity to play a mix of teams that will also be first-year beach programs and teams that are in their third and fourth seasons of beach volleyball. Our team will have a lot to learn in a short amount of time before our first tournament, but this is such a great opportunity for our players and program as a whole."
The Seahawks open the season in DeLand, Fla., on March 5-6 at the Stetson Spring Break Tournament hosted by Stetson University. Scheduled to compete along with the Seahawks at the tournament are Eckerd, Carson-Newman, Spring Hill, College of Charleston, Tulane and the Hatters.
UNCW will stay in the Sunshine State and face both North Florida and Jacksonville, in Jacksonville on March 8 in a pair of dual matches.
The Seahawks wrap up the month at the CofC Sand Classic (March 19-20) and Georgia State Grand Slam (March 25-26).
UNCW will host its lone home event on the weekend of April 2-3 at Dig and Dive. Teams and format will be announced at a later date.
On April 9-10, UNCW will compete at the Fiesta on Siesta Key tournament in Siesta, Fla., and closes out the regular season at the Palmetto Invitational (April 16-17) hosted by South Carolina.