CBS College Sports Network Features Comprehensive Beach Volleyball Programming

5/29/2009

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CBS College Sports Network continues its comprehensive Alt Games: College Action Sports Championship programming this weekend with the reality series GO PRO OR GO HOME.  GO PRO OR GO HOME is a two-part series that brings viewers on-the-sand and behind-the-scenes during a special AVP Invitational Elite Camp/Combine held in Hermosa Beach, Calif. for the nation's top 16 graduating senior collegiate women's volleyball players.   The hour-long GO PRO OR GO HOME airs on Friday, May 29 (6:00 PM, ET) with encore airings throughout the weekend.  The second show airs on Thursday, June 4 (8:30 PM, ET).

 

The two-part series documents the intense competition featuring 16 college seniors transitioning from the hard-court to the beach game. The combine features skills instruction from top professional players including 2008 Beijing gold medalists Kerri Walsh, Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, beach volleyball legend and Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly, and three-time Olympian Holly McPeak, among others.  The combine concludes with a round-robin tournament that awards the winning team with a main draw berth at the AVP Crocs Riverside Open (held in April).  GO PRO OR GO HOME documents the emotion and excitement of the winning team leading up to and during their AVP Tour debut. 

 

The purpose of the camp is to identify top indoor collegiate volleyball players for future participation on the AVP Crocs Tour.  Sixteen elite senior collegiate women's volleyball players, including three All-Americans, were invited to participate from all over the country from top college programs.  Players include: Lori Baird (Utah), Mekana Barnes (Colorado State), Morgan Beck (California), Emily Day (Loyola Marymount), Jessica Fine (UCLA), Kiley Hall (Texas), Danielle Hepburn (Clemson), Brittany Lowe (Santa Clara), Elena Martinez (LSU), Natalie Mullikin (Wake Forest), Jessica Nyrop (San Diego), Lauren Paolini (Texas), Rachel Schwartz (Nebraska), Devon Sutherland (Cal-State Irvine), Jaimarie Sutherland (San Diego) and Bridget Wells (Tulane).

     

In addition to skills instruction, the collegians participated in "classroom sessions" and learned about the AVP and the beach volleyball lifestyle. Each camper received a skills assessment to help in their player development.

 

CBS College Sports Network's beach volleyball programming continues throughout the weekend with coverage of The Alt Games 2009 Beach Volleyball Championship.  The beach volleyball championship showcases the nation's top women's collegiate volleyball players in a team-style format with each school fielding four teams of two players.  The beach volleyball action airs as part of the Alt Games programming on Friday, May 29 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET) and Saturday, May 30 (8:00 PM, ET).

 

The elite roster of teams that participated in the 2009 Beach Volleyball Championship includes *No. 3-ranked University of Nebraska, *No. 4-ranked University of Texas, *No. 7-ranked University of Hawaii, *No. 13-ranked USC, *No. 16-ranked University of Utah, *No. 19-ranked University of San Diego, University of North Carolina and UC Riverside.  In addition, top players include: Sydney Anderson (Nebraska), Tara Mueller (Nebraska), Lori Baird (Utah) and Ashley Engle (Texas) among others

 

For more information about the Alt Games, go to http://www.thealtgames.com/, and for a comprehensive programming schedule, go to: http://www.cbssports.com/cbscollegesports/schedules/

 

* Final 2008 Bison/AVCA Rankings

** For media interested in a DVD of GO PRO OR GO HOME, email dsabreen@cbs.com

 

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