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Foreign players continue to impact American Collegiate Beach Volleyball scene

 
The Canadian McNamara twins seek a second American Collegiate Beach Volleyball title in May before competing in June at the FIVB World Championships in Germany
Lexington, Kentucky, USA, April 22, 2019 - With the American women's collegiate beach volleyball championships set to begin in 11 days in Alabama, the impact of foreign players continues to be felt led by the McNamara twins of Canada and Latvian Tina Graudina.

With its beginning in August 2010 as an emerging sport for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Women's Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championships were inaugurated in 2016 when the University of Southern California captured the first of two titles before Megan and Nicole McNamara led UCLA to the 2018 title in Gulf Shores, Alabama.


The McNamaras (Vancouver, Canada) are back leading UCLA as the Lady Bruins continue to be ranked as the No. 1 women's collegiate team in the United States ahead of USC where the Women of Troy are led by Graudina (Jurmala), who is ranked as the top collegiate pair with Abril Bustamante.

Latvian Tina Graudina

When the collegiate beach volleyball season started in March, there were 101 foreign players from 37 countries listed on school rosters for the 2019 campaign. A total of 127 colleges and universities field women's beach volleyball teams at both two- and four-year levels of play.

Prior to the NCAA Division I Championships May 3-5 in Gulf Shores, the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in partnership with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, hosted the second annual AVCA Small College Beach Championships this past weekend at Hickory Point Beach at Tavares, Florida.

The University of Tampa from Florida captured the 2019 edition of the AVCA Small College Beach Championships for schools in the NCAA Divisions II and III championships with the Ottawa University from Arizona winning the division comprised of teams that compete in the NAIA.

“The growth of college beach volleyball from zero to 120 teams in just eight years has made for a rich environment for cities and organizations interested in new events,” said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer prior to the Tavares event.


Here is a list of the nations with players from their country listed on collegiate beach volleyball rosters for the 2019 season (player, hometown, school).

Australia: Caitlin Bettenay - Queensland, San Jose State; Grace Convey - Brisbane, Louisiana Monroe; Rebecca Ingram - Riverslea, Stetson (Florida); Georgia Johnson - Brisbane, Georgia State; Trish Koutsoukos - Sydney, San Francisco; Sarah Strong - Brisbane, Portland; Yasmin Tan - Melbourne, New Mexico.

Austria: Dorina Klinger - Feldkirchen, Florida International.

Belgium: Hanne de Schrijver - Serskamp, Pacific (California).

Brazil: Luiza Andrade - Rio de Janeiro, San Jose State (California); Rafa Bonifacio - São Paulo, CSU Bakersfield; Ana Carolina de Almeida Costa - Sergipe, Stetson; Mariana Dal Pozzo - Toledo, Florida International; Ana Gabriela Pacheco - Uberlandia, North Alabama; Giulia Gávio - Rio de Janeiro, San Jose State; Paula Hoffman - Rio de Janeiro, Eckerd (Florida); Ana Oliveira - São Paulo, Missouri Baptist; Luiza Oliveira - Rio de Janeiro, Webber (Florida); Fernanda Reis - Rio de Janeiro, Eckerd (Florida); Amanda Silva - Maceio, Florida Atlantic; Fernanda Vido - Belo Horizonte, San Jose State.

Canada: Jenna Banz - Cambridge, Hawai'i; Quinci Barker - Kelowna, Stetson; Jayme Bratsberg - North Vancouver, UAB (Alabama); Ally Carr - Ontario, New Orleans; Sarah Chase - Campbell River, Saint Mary’s (California); Darby Dunn - South Surrey, Stetson; Katie Friesen - Manitoba, Florida International; Kayla Gallant - Cambridge, Louisiana Monroe; Amanda Gooding - Regina, Benedictine (Arizona); Alex Kells - Ontario, UAB; Ashley Klassen - Tsawwasse, Florida International; Sara Kovac - Ontario, Loyola Marymount (California); Jae-Lyn Visscher - St. Albert, Stetson; Emily Maglio - Coquitlam, Hawai'i; Molly McBain - Toronto, Florida State; Megan McNamara - Vancouver, UCLA; Nicole McNamara - Vancouver, UCLA; Tia Miric - Ontario, Cal Poly; Lea Monkhouse - Mississauga, UCLA; Megan Nash - Oakville, Loyola Marymount; Joely Olive - Alberta, Webber; Alexandra Poletto - Toronto, Southern California; Annie Pringle - Victoria, UAB; Carleigh Semeniuk - Whitby, North Florida; Jaime Thomas - Hamilton, North Carolina Wilmington; Becky Tresham - Bradford, Georgia State.

Chile: Melanie Paul - Santiago, Pepperdine (California).

Croatia: Bozena Culo - Bjelovar, Loyola Marymount.

Cyprus: Zoi Konstantopoulou - Limassol, Long Beach State (California); Erika Zembyla - Nicosia, Florida International.

Czech Republic: Natalie Honzovicova - Prague, Grand Canyon (Arizona); Mari Kurkova - Oprava, Nebraska.

England: Caitlin Bethell - Hitchin, Lincoln Memoria (Tennessee)l; Hannah Symonds - Dorset, North Alabama.

Estonia: Laura Parts - Parnu, San Jose State.

Fiji: Vasiti Baleilomaloma - Suva, Westcliff (California).

Finland: Anna Rantala - Jyvaskyla, Georgia State; Salla Rautiainen - Espoo, Webber.

France: Emma Coudon – Lyon, Texas A&M Corpus Christi; Yasmin Kuck - Montpellier, Stetson.

Germany: Tabea Schwarz - Munich, San Jose State.

Guatemala: Mandi Orellana - Guatemala City, Texas Christian.

Hungary: Kinga Windisch - Budapest, Utah.

Israel: Chen Abramovich - Kfar Saba, Nebraska.

Italy: Margherita Bianchin - Traviso, Florida International; Caterina Cigarini - Modena, Missouri Baptist; Anna Dalla Vecchia - Vicenza, San Francisco; Federica Frasca - Rome, Florida International; Alice Pratesi, Rome, Stetson; Nina Vattovaz - Trieste, Saint Leo (Florida).

Latvia: Tina Graudina - Jurmala, Southern California.

Lithuania: Gintare Mackeviciute - Jonava, Tennessee Martin.

Mexico: Kathya Garcia - Chihuahua, San Francisco.

Montenegro: Nevena Pejovic - Podgorica, Tusculum (Tennessee).

The Netherlands: Marjolijn Oksam - Bussum, San Francisco; Lydie Van Deursen - Venlo, Westcliff.

New Zealand: Anilise Fitzi - Walton, Saint Leo; Antonia Harrison - Auckland, North Florida; Georgia Park - Auckland, Missouri Baptist.

Norway: Sunniva Helland-Hansen - Oyeste, Stetson; Katinka Krahn - Oslo, Stetson; Helene Thelle - Tolvsrod, Florida International; Julie Varga - Fredrikstad, Stetson.

Puerto Rico: Lina Bernier - San Juan, Florida International; Alejandra Negron - Bayamon, CSU Los Angeles; Keniah Rivera Santiago - Naguabo, Southeastern (Florida); Karla Santos, Manati, CSU Los Angeles; Jeshmarie Suarez, Bayamon, CSU Los Angeles; Eva Torruella - San Juan, Tulane.

Romania: Alexandra Misca - Satu Mare, Tampa.

Russia: Maria Bogomolova - St Petersburg, Washington.

Serbia: Aleksandra Djuric - Belgrade, Coastal Carolina; Tamara Merseli - Belgrade, Serbia, Louisiana Monroe.

Slovenia: Nina Petranovic - Polzela, Florida International.

Spain: Raquel Munoz - Logrono, William Carey (Mississippi); Carmen Unzue - Madrid, Arizona State.

Sweden: Fanny Ahman – Umea, Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Switzerland: Selina Marolf- Bern, Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Ukraine: Lena Bodnar - Korosten, San Francisco.

Venezuela: Yuleika Jimenez - Caracas, Ottawa (Kansas).


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