The Ladyjacks beach volleyball team's third season will open with a tournament at Third Texas Volleyball Club in Houston on Saturday Oct. 9 at 12 p.m. The team will play Texas Christian University, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist University.
“Being a new sport on campus, we’re trying to bring the culture and the experience of our sport and the atmosphere to the community,” Head Coach Alex Luna said. “We’re trying to get integrated and become a part of this school and community as much as anybody else.”
Ladyjacks Beach Volleyball recently joined the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Western Athletic Conference does not currently sponsor the team, since every conference needs six-member schools to have the sport to be considered for sponsorship.
“Currently, there are only two WAC schools with beach [volleyball], SFA and [Grand Canyon University],” Luna said. “Therefore, both of our programs have become temporary affiliate members of a beach conference until the WAC continues to grow in beach volleyball.”
The overall record for the team last season was 10-14, including a third place finish in the conference tournament. The 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team had a winning record of 7-5 before the season ended.
“Having that experience delayed yet another year was a hard pill to swallow for all of us,” Luna said.
There will be one home game this semester on Oct. 30 with three matches against HBU and TAMUCC at the four-court beach facility next to the recreation center.
“We have some young players coming in and some veteran players that can take them under their wing,” Volunteer Assitant Coach Josh Teague said. He said the future was looking very bright for the Ladyjacks.