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United States collegiate beach volleyball enters final weeks of 2018 season

 
Italians Margherita Bianchin (left) and Federica Frasca currently team as the top pair on the Florida International roster as the tandem has posted the fourth-best NCAA record in 2018 with a 23-4 match mark.
Gulf Shores, USA, April 15, 2018 - With the women’s collegiate beach volleyball competition in the United States entering its final two weeks of the regular season, the international players are making their mark with 102 foreign players from 32 countries listed on school rosters for the 2018 campaign that started in March and concludes May 4-6 with the NCAA Championships in Gulf Shores.


With the 2018 campaign marking the seventh season of collegiate beach volleyball play in the United States and the third campaign recognized as an official NCAA sport, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) stated that over 1,400 women are participating at 95 institutions.  Beach volleyball was added to the emerging sports list by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics in 2009.

Led by Canada with 25 players on collegiate rosters this season, beach volleyball performers from four of the five FIVB confederations are participating this spring for four-year schools. Other countries represented on NCAA rosters at the start of the 2018 season are Australia (6), Austria (1), Belgium (1), Brazil (12), Bulgaria (1), Chile (1), China (1), Croatia (2), Cyprus (2), Czech Republic (2), Estonia (1), Finland (1), France (1), Germany (3), Greece (1), Guatemala (4), Hungary (1), Italy (4), Latvia (2), Netherlands (2), New Zealand (2), Norway (7), Puerto Rico (7), Romania (1), Russia (2), Serbia (3), Slovakia (1), Spain (1), Switzerland (2), Venezuela (1) and Virgin Islands (1).

Florida International leads the way with 14 foreign players on its 19-person roster with the Italian partnership of Margherita Bianchin/Federica Frasca producing a 23-4 match mark this season for the Panthers.


The format for NCAA Beach Volleyball features the best-of-five doubles matches.  The AVCA sanctioned the first four national finals starting in 2012 with the 2016 season marking the first recognized NCAA Championship. Pepperdine University captured the 2012 and 2014 AVCA crowns and finished second to Long Beach State University in 2013. The University of Southern California, the 2015 AVCA champions, captured the inaugural NCAA title in 2016 and the “Women of Troy” successfully defended their championship in 2016.

The AVCA also initiated a partnership in 2018 with CollegeBeachVB.com as the official provider of collegiate beach volleyball results and rankings.  CollegeBeachVB.com displays who is playing in what flight, helps players prepare for their next opponent, and gives fans and media a fast, credible source of information.

Here is a list of foreign players on the 2018 collegiate rosters as of April 15 (hometown, school, 2018 match record)

Australia
Grace Convey, Brisbane, Louisiana-Monroe, 8-13
Laura Embry, Warburton, Webber, 12-13
Rebecca Ingram, Riverslea, Stetson, 17-9
Georgia Johnson, Brisbane, 16-7
Kelly Lean, Victoria, Tennessee Martin, 0-11
Yasmin Tan, Melbourne, New Mexico, 7-10
Austria
Dorina Klinger, Feldkirchen, Florida International, 9-9

Belgium
Hanne De Schrijver, Serskamp, Pacific, 6-9

Brazil
Fabina Andrade, Sao Paulo, Cal State Bakersfield, 0-0
Luiza Andrade, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose State, 8-13
Nandyala Gama, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose State, 10-9
Giulia Gavio, Rio de Janeiro, San Jose State, 0-0
Paula Hoffman, Rio de Janeiro, Eckerd, 21-2
Mariana Dal Pozzo, Toledo, Florida International, 16-6
Fernanda Reis, Rio de Janeiro, Eckerd, 4-2
Marina Sanches, Sao Paulo, Cal State Bakersfield, 0-0
Amanda Silva, Maceio, Florida Atlantic, 4-10
Mariana De Paula Silva, Sao Jose dos Campos, Florida International, 3-0
Paloma Da Silva, Pocos De Caldas, Saint Leo, 7-7
Fernanda Vido, Belo Horizonte, San Jose State, 1-1

Bulgaria
Radi Marinova, Sofia, Long Beach State, 0-0

Canada
Jenna Banz, Cambridge, Ont., Hawai'i, 0-0
Quinci Birker, Kelowna, B.C., Stetson, 17-10
Ally Carr, Shedden, Ont., New Orleans, 4-9
Sarah Chase, Campbell River, B.C., Saint Mary’s, 10-11
Darby Dunn, South Surrey, B.C., Stetson, 28-6
Allyssah Fitterer, Victoria, B.C., Hawai'i, 2-1
Katie Friesen, Manitoba, Canada, Florida International, 4-1
Kayla Gallant, Cambridge, Ont., Louisiana-Monroe, 12-9
Alexia Jeangrand, North Vancouver, B. C., Principia, 0-0
Alex Kells, Burlington, Ont., Alabama-Birmingham, 0-1
Ashley Klassen, Tsawwasse, B. C., Florida International, 0-0
Sara Kovac, Niagra Falls, Ont., Loyola Marymount, 18-11
Emily Maglio, Coquitlam, B.C., Hawai'i, 30-3
Devon May, Roberts Creek, B.C., Alabama-Birmingham, 11-8
Molly McBain, Toronto, Ont., Florida State, 21-4
Megan McNamara, Vancouver, B.C., UCLA, 27-6
Nicole McNamara, Vancouver, B.C., UCLA, 27-6

Tia Miric, Thornhill, Ont., Cal Poly SLO, 16-8
Lea Monkhouse, Mississauga, Ont., Hawai'i, 29-3
Megan Nash, Oakville, Ont., Central Arkansas, 13-4
Alexandra Poletto, Toronto, Ont., Southern California, 9-14
Annie Pringle, Victoria, B.C., Alabama-Birmingham, 3-4
Carleigh Semeniuk, Whitby, Canada, Tulane, 0-0
Jaime Thomas, Hamilton, Ont., UNC Wilmington, 10-12
Taija Thomas, Scarborough, Ont., Florida International, 15-5

Chile
Marcela Frazzoni, Santiago, Concordia, 2-7

China
YiZhi Xue, Nanjing, Long Beach State, 0-0

Croatia
Bozena Culo, Bjelovar, Loyola Marymount, 17-12
Dora Lulic, Osijek, Coastal Carolina, 3-13

Cyprus
Zoi Konstantopoulou, Limassol, Long Beach State, 16-5
Erika Zembyla, Nicosia, Florida International, 9-12

Czech Republic
Kristyna Adamcikova, Opava, Long Beach State, 18-4
Natalie Honzovicova, Prague, Grand Canyon, 1-4

Estonia
Laura Parts, Parnu, San Jose State, 6-8

Finland
Salla Rautiainen, Espoo, Webber, 12-13

France
Marion Couraud, Tourrettes sur du Loup, Missouri Baptist, 5-7

Germany
Nele Barber, Berlin, Long Beach State, 18-6
Charis Ludtke, Hamburg, Jacksonville State, 2-6
Cara Sander, Wiesbaden, New Orleans, 5-12

Greece
Aristea Tontai, Athens, Coastal Carolina, 0-10

Guatemala
Estefanie Bethancourt, Guatemala City, Florida International, 19-8
Marina Chavez, Guatemala City, Mercer, 11-10
Natalia Giron, Guatemala City, Florida International, 19-8
Mandi Orellana, Guatemala City, Louisiana State, 6-3

Hungary
Kinga Windisch, Budapest, Coastal Carolina, 1-15

Italy
Margherita Bianchin, Traviso, Florida International, 23-4
Caterina Cigarini, Modena, Missouri Baptist, 3-4
Federica Frasca, Rome, Florida International, 23-4
Nina Vattovaz, Trieste, Saint Leo, 7-7

Latvia
Anete Brinke, Riga, Long Beach State, 9-4
Tina Graudina, Jurmala, Southern California, 20-1

The Netherlands
Brittany Boerstra, Osterhout, Sierra College, 3-0
Marjolijn Oskam, Bussum, San Francisco, 0-0

New Zealand
Olivia Macdonald, Piopio, Arizona, 16-9
Georgia Park, Auckland, Missouri Baptist, 0-1

Norway
Sunniva Helland-Hansen, Oyeste, Stetson, 28-6
Kristine Hjembo, Aalesund, Central Arkansas, 15-2
Katinka Krahn, Oslo, Stetson, 11-6
Nora Buvarp Lavik, Tonsberg, USF, 4-10
Kjersti Norveel, Tonsberg, Long Beach State, 0-0
Helene Thelle, Tolvsrod, Florida International, 0-1
Julie Varga, Fredrikstad, Stetson, 17-8

Puerto Rico
Lina Bernier, San Juan, Florida International, 14-12
Melody Morales, Manati, Tampa, 0-0
Alejandra Negron, Bayamon, Cal State Los Angeles, 2-6
Keniah Rivera Santiago, Naguabo, Southeastern, 0-2
Karla Santos, Manati, Cal State Los Angeles, 2-6
Jeshmarie Suarez, Bayamon, Cal State Los Angeles, 1-4
Eva Torruella, San Juan, Florida State, 12-0

Romania
Alexandra Misca, Satu Mare, Tampa, 16-5

Russia
Maria Bogomolova, St Petersburg, Washington, 0-0
Jenya Kruglova, Moscow, Saint Leo, 6-8

Serbia
Mina Andjelkovic, Belgrade, Serbia, Long Beach State, Serbia, 0-0
Aleksandra Djordjevic, Belgrade, Serbia, Cal State Bakersfield, Serbia, 5-14
Aleksandra Djuric, Belgrade, Serbia, Coastal Carolina, Serbia, 5-11

Slovak Republic
Monika Simkova, Malacky, Long Beach State, 0-0

Spain
Manela Grau, Valencia, New Orleans, 0-0

Switzerland
Selina Marolf, Bern, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 8-4
Anabela Sataric, Biberist, Florida International, 8-14

Venezuela
Yuleika Jimenez, Caracas, Ottawa, 0-1

Virgin Islands
Danielle Christian, St Croix, Tampa, Virgin Islands, 0-1



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