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American collegiate championships feature foreign players

Gulf Shores in Alabama hosts the women's American collegiate championships.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, April 28, 2019 - With seven of the eight participating schools featuring players from eight foreign countries, the American Collegiate Women’s Beach Volleyball committee announced Sunday the eight-school field for the 2019 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship.

The collegiate championship will be held Friday through Sunday (May 3-5), in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The event will be televised live by ESPN networks with live streaming coverage of every court throughout the tournament available on ESPN3.

Selected from the 75 NCAA institutions sponsoring the sport of beach volleyball, the 2019 field includes Florida State, Louisiana State and Stetson from the east region, Pepperdine, Southern California and defending national champions UCLA from the west region and at-large selections Cal Poly and Hawai'i.

Except for Louisiana State, the other eight schools list 20 foreign players on their roster led by 10 competitors on the Stetson roster, three at UCLA, two each at Hawai'i and Southern California and one each at Cal Poly, Florida State and Pepperdine.

Led by 11 players from Canada, the seven countries represented on the rosters of NCAA Championship participants are Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Italy, Latvia and Norway.

Three of the participants in the NCAA Championships will be competing this June in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.  Megan and Nicole McNamara from UCLA will be representing Canada in the World Championships while Stacey Sponcil is scheduled to compete for the United States with Kelly Claes in Hamburg.

In addition to the McNamaras, other top foreign players competing in the 2019 NCAA Championships will be Latvian Tina Graudina of Southern California and Norwegian Sunniva Helland-Hansen of Stetson and Canadian Emily Maglio of Hawai’i. Like the McNamaras, Graudina, Helland-Hansen and Maglio were recognized for their play this season by winning national player of the week honours.

Tina Graudina of Latvia

Coaches Todd Rogers of Cal Poly and Stein Metzger of UCLA are American Olympic participants and winners of gold medals on the FIVB World Tour.  Florida State coach Brooke Niles is married to American standout Nick Lucena while Pepperdine coach Marcio Sicoli is from Brazil.

Here is a list of foreign players competing this weekend in Gulf Shores.

(Name, School, Position, 2019 Match Record, Height, Class, Hometown)

Cal Poly (28-4, Todd Rogers)
Tiadora Miric, Cal Poly, 1, 26-7, 5-8, Sophomore, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 

Florida State (28-5, Brooke Niles)
Molly McBain, FSU, 4, 27-5, 5-9, Junior, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hawai’i (26-9, Jeff Hall)
Emily Maglio, Hawai'i, 1, 25-10, 6-3, Senior, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Jenna Banz, Hawai'i, 4 or 5, 2-7, 5-9, Freshman, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Louisiana State (29-6, Russell Brock)
No foreign players on the roster

Pepperdine (20-9, Marcio Sicoli)
Melanie Paul, Pepperdine, 3, 4-2, 5-9, Freshman, Santiago, Chile

Southern California (28-4, Anna Collier)
Tina Graudina, USC, 1, 30-2, 6-1, Sophomore, Jurmala, Latvia
Alexandra Poletto, USC, 3, 28-2, 6-3, Graduate, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Stetson (29-8), Kristina Hernandez)
Sunniva Helland-Hansen, Stetson, 1, 27-10, 5-8, Junior, Øystese, Norway
Darby Dunn, Stetson, 2, 30-7, 6-1, Junior, South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Ana Costa, Stetson, 3, 25-12, 5-9, Sophomore, Sergipe, Brazil
Yasmin Kuck, Stetson, 4, 6-3, 5-11, Freshman, Montpellier, France
Katinka Krahn, Stetson, 4, 2-1, 5-11, Junior, Oslo, Norway
Julie Varga, Stetson, 4, 10-14, 6-1, Senior, Fredrikstad, Norway
Rebecca Ingram, Stetson, 5, 26-9, 6-1, Sophomore, Maffra, Victoria, Australia
Quinci Birker, Stetson, 5, 26-9, 5-10, Sophomore, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Jae-Lyn Visscher, Stetson, NA, NA, 5-10, Graduate, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Alice Pratesi, Stetson, NA, NA, 5-9, Freshman, Rome, Italy

UCLA (31-3, Stein Metzger)
Nicole McNamara, UCLA, 1, 28-4, 5-9, Senior, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Megan McNamara, UCLA, 1, 28-4, 5-9, Senior, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Lea Monkhouse, UCLA, 4, 22-4, 6-1, Sophomore, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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