The UO athletic department announced late Friday evening that the Ducks would add sand volleyball to its slate of women’s sports.
Beginning in the next spring session, spring of 2014, sand volleyball will be the 12th Duck women’s sport and the 20th overall. The UO becomes the seventh school in the Pac-12 conference to add the fledgling sport.
It is thought to be more of an extension of the traditional court sport — with Stacy Metro, a full-time assistant on Jim Moore’s court coaching squad, taking over as the sand head coach. Metro said she played outside as an athlete and it helped her inside game.
There were 15 programs in this sport in 2012, but look to be 35 programs for this upcoming season and they need just 40 to start competing as an NCAA championship sport.
“It is no surprise to see Oregon take the lead on bringing Sand Volleyball to this part of the country,” AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer said. “They understand the synergy between the sand and the court programs.”
Oregon joins Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC in the burgeoning sport.