Beach Volleyball Joins Southland Conference

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State’s beach volleyball program has accepted an invitation to join the Southland Conference beginning in the 2022-23 college year, director of athletics Jeremy Dickey announced Thursday.

The Southland Conference, located in Frisco, Texas, currently consists of Houston Baptist (Houston, Texas), New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana), Nicholls (Thibodaux, Louisiana), Southeast Louisiana (Hammond, Louisiana) and Texas. A&M-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, Texas) in beach volleyball.

Last season, conference tournament champion Southland received an automatic offer for the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship.

“This is a monumental moment for our beach volleyball program,” Dickey said. “Joining a conference immediately enhances the student-athlete experience, allowing our young women to compete for championships, and also expands the Boise State brand to different parts of the country. I am thrilled for our head coach, Allison Voigtand our beach volleyball student-athletes, and I appreciate the leadership of Southland Conference Commissioner Chris Grant and his forward thinking on a growing collegiate sport.”

“Beach volleyball has become one of the fastest growing and most entertaining sports within the Southland conference and nationally due to the energy and commercialization of our phenomenal student-athletes and coaches. “said Southland Commissioner Chris Grant. “We are thrilled to have Boise State join us as an Affiliate Member of Southland Conference Beach Volleyball beginning next spring. The addition of Boise State Beach Volleyball further strengthens our members’ commitment to compete. for national championships and to contribute to the growth and longevity of the sport.”

As part of the deal, Boise State will pay an annual fee of $2,500 to help run the conference tournament. The 2023 Southland Conference Tournament is a double-elimination event and will be held at The Islander Courts at Water’s Edge Park in Corpus Christi, Texas from April 21-23.

Seeding for the conference tournament will be determined by a midseason round robin at Third Coast Volleyball Club in Houston. There are no other regular season travel requirements as part of the invitation to join the league.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our program,” Voigt said. “Joining a conference allows for more than just competing for championships. Having competed as independents since the program’s inception, our student-athletes have yet to experience the post-season recognition and accolades that come with the being part of a league.

“We will be able to continue with a strong non-conference regional program, but this decision also allows us to extend our season. I couldn’t be more excited about our team and the future of this program.”

The first school in the Pacific Northwest and 38th nationally to announce beach volleyball sponsorship in the fall of 2013, Boise State’s first competitive season was in the spring of 2014. Since the inception of the program, the Broncos competed as an independent, as the Mountain West does not sponsor beach volleyball.

Boise State recorded its first winning season in 2019 (13-6), Voigt’s first season at the helm. Last year, the Broncos went 20-9, the first 20-win campaign in school history. Included was a 4-1 win over No. 13 Cal Poly in Salt Lake City.

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