FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011
JU added to A-Sun’s sand volleyball league
The JU sand volleyball team will play under a familiar name in the spring as the Atlantic Sun Conference became the first NCAA conference to announce sand volleyball as a championship sport Friday.

The Dolphins, who announced the sport last May, will compete alongside Florida Gulf Coast University, Mercer, University of North Florida and Stetson this spring. The league season will conclude with JU hosting the first conference championship on campus from April 21-23.

“It’s great to be at the forefront of a new sport for the NCAA.” JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg said. “Sand presents a whole different series of challenges and opportunities for our athletes."

The A-Sun's quintet will comprise one-third of the teams committed to sponsoring a team for the 2012 season. The list also includes Cal State University at Long Beach, Pepperdine, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii, Florida State, the College of Charleston, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Tulane University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and Webber International (NAIA).

Sand volleyball will be set up similar to collegiate tennis - with each team submitting five doubles teams to face each other in seeded matchups. With an indoor program already in place, the JU volleyball program will oversee the operation of the sand volleyball program, with the roster being comprised of the student-athletes from the volleyball program.