The field is composed of three West teams, three East teams, and two at-large berths selected by the NCAA beach volleyball committee.
No. 1 USC (28-4), No. 2 UCLA (31-3), and No. 4 Pepperdine (20-9) were the West selections. No. 3 Florida State (28-5), No. 5 LSU (29-6), and No. 8 Stetson (29-8) were the East selections.
No. 6 Cal Poly (25-10) and No. 7 Hawai’i (26-9) received at-large berths.
First up will be USC vs Stetson at 9 a.m., followed by LSU vs Pepperdine at 10 a.m. The lower half of the bracket features Hawai’i vs UCLA at 11 a.m., with Florida State vs Cal Poly at noon.
Top-seeded Anna Collier sees increased parity in the field of eight teams.
“It’s absolutely getting tougher every year. I think it’s pretty well balanced. I think the West Coast may still be slightly better, because we have the East Meets West, and usually the West wins, and we bring in the best from the East, but you know, we’re not crushing like we used to.
“As far as the whole country is concerned, everyone is getting better. Everyone is playing a higher level of ball. You watch Washington, you watch Utah, these are newer programs that are just developing. They’re playing a high level of volleyball.
“They’re playing a great game. Normally, we would play someone, and we would say, ‘Let’s work on our fundamentals, let’s work on the basics,’ those days are absolutely gone.”
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