The Cougars will play in five tournaments while hosting a duals tournament at Creekside Tennis and Swim Center in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
The Charleston Volleyball Sand Classic will be played on March 23-25 and feature Mercer, North Florida, Pepperdine and UAB. The Cougars will play Mercer on Friday, March 23 at 1:30 p.m., compete against Pepperdine on Saturday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m., and conclude with UNF on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m.
College of Charleston will open the season with a spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla., to play in the Aspire Higher Tournament on March 5th and 6th, and again on the 8th and 9th. The Cougars will compete against Florida State, Stetson and Florida Atlantic in the first tournament of the season.
The Cougars will travel to Florida twice more, competing in a tournament hosted by North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 31st and April 1st. College of Charleston will travel to the Siesta Keys to face off against Florida Atlantic on April 14 at noon.
CofC will conclude the season by traveling to Gulf Shores, Ala., for the first annual AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship on April 27-29.
"We are very excited to be participating in the first NCAA season of sand volleyball," said head coach Jason Kepner. "We feel that this spring will be an exciting foray into what we hope can become a premier NCAA sport. We are looking forward to kicking things off in Orlando."
Although the sport is now recognized by the NCAA, there are currently not enough participating teams to qualify for an NCAA National Championship.
In each tournament, the Cougars will play with at least 10 players, all of whom are on the current fall volleyball roster, who each compete in a pair. Each pair will play best-of-3 sets to 21 points, and 15 for the deciding set. A dual match will be decided by the first school with three winning pairs.
Some tournaments will also feature an individual component with individual pairs competing by seeding and advancing through a tournament-style bracket.