BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University beach volleyball players Jessalyn Kinlaw and Megan Rice were one of 16 teams awarded an at-large bid to the USA Volleyball (USAV) Collegiate Beach Championships, which will be held in Hermosa Beach, California, on May 11-13.
Rice, a graduate student, and junior Kinlaw have played at the top of the Owls’ lineup all season. Kinlaw and Rice have a 22-7 record so far this year. The tandem won 18 straight matches and defeated the No. 1 pair from four nationally-ranked teams during that streak. They went 4-1 at the CCSA Tournament, including a straight-set win over the top team from No. 3 Florida State.
Along with one pair from each of the eight teams who were invited to take part in the National Team Championship, the 16 at-large pairs will take part in pool play, with 16 of those teams advancing to the single-elimination portion of the event. The championship match will air live on NBC Sports Network at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 13.
The tournament will also serve as a trial for Team USA, with one team receiving a spot on the U.S. National Team.
“Being selected to take part in the National Beach Championships is a tremendous honor for Jess and Megan,” said Capri Grotowski, FAU Head Beach Volleyball Coach. “The fact that their hard work was recognized is a testament to them and it’s an outstanding accomplishment for them, the athletic department and the University.”