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Foreign players schedule to compete in American collegiate championships

Eight of the America's best collegiate Beach Volleyball schools will dig into the white sand beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast May 5-7.

Indianapolis, USA, April 30, 2017 - When the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championships open this weekend, seven foreign players from Canada, Germany, Latvia and Puerto Rico are scheduled to participate in the Gulf Shores, Ala., event.

Four Canadian players will be competing in the American collegiate finale for top-seeded Southern California, second-seeded UCLA and fifth-seeded Hawai'i.   Fourth-seeded Florida State features a participant from Puerto Rico while the sixth-seeded Long Beach State roster includes competitors from Germany and Latvia.

Other schools in the field selected from the 65 NCAA institutions sponsoring the sport of Beach Volleyball are third-seeded Pepperdine, seventh-seeded LSU and eighth-seeded South Carolina.  Three schools were selected from the East Region and three teams were selected from the West Region. The remaining two schools were selected at-large from the teams across the country.

The championship will be held Friday through Sunday (May 5-7).  The event will be televised live by Turner networks, with truTV providing live coverage on Friday and Saturday from 3-6 p.m. ( ET) and the championship round airing on TBS on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.  Additional live-streaming coverage of every court in each match of the tournament will be available on NCAA.com.

For all championship site match times and more information about the national finals, log on to www.ncaa.com/beachvolleyball.  Here is a look at the foreign players scheduled to compete this weekend in the collegiate finale.

Southern California - Senior Sophie Bukovec for Ontario, Canada will team with Allie Wheeler as pair has compiled a 25-6 match mark this season.  After leading the Lady Trojans to the Pac-12 team title last weekend in Tucson, Arizona, Bukovec and Wheeler finished second in the pairs competition after losing to teammates Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes in the finals.  Claes and Hughes, who have a 136-3 collegiate record in three-seasons together, led USC to the 2016 NCAA team title along with winning the pairs national championship.

UCLA - The sophomore McNamara twins (Megan and Nicole) of Vancouver, Canada will lead the Bruins into the national championships as the pair has compiled a 26-6 record.  

Florida State - Freshman Eva Torruella of San Juan, Puerto Rico, ranks as one of the top Seminole as she teams with Hailey Luke to compile a 14-3 match mark entering the national championships.

Hawai'i at Moana - Sophomore Emily Maglio of Coquitlam, Canada, has posted a 28-3 match mark this season with Laurel Weaver.

Long Beach State - Leading the 49ers into the national championships will be juniors Nele Barber of Berlin, Germany and Anete Brinke of Riga, Latvia.  Barber and Rachel Nieto has compiled a 25-9 match mark this season while Brinke and Halley Harward have a 20-9 record.

When the American collegiate campaign started its sixth season of Beach Volleyball play in early March, a total of 85 foreign players from 28 countries were listed on school rosters for the 2017 campaign.   The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) stated that over 1,000 women are participating at 64 institutions. Beach volleyball was added to the emerging sports list by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics in 2009.

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