Sacramento State added women's sand volleyball as its 21st varsity sport, and the season begins March 16 against Cal at the Sacramento Softball Complex, Sac State announced Thursday.
Sand volleyball is the first sport Sac State added since women's soccer and women's rowing in 1994.
The university has 12 women's sports and nine men's sports.
The Hornets will compete in the Northern California Sand Volleyball Consortium, which includes Cal, Stanford, Saint Mary's, Pacific, USF and Santa Clara.
The Hornets will play eight matches, with the first six at the softball complex at Watt Avenue and Longview Drive. The season will conclude April 21 with matches against Stanford and USF, both at Stanford.
Fifteen schools competed in sand volleyball last spring. Fifteen more, including Sac State, added the sport for 2013.
The NCAA will sponsor a sand volleyball championship when 40 schools sponsor teams, but no earlier than the spring of 2016.
Bee Sports staff, Associated Press
The semipro Sacramento Gold men's soccer team will open its 2013 season Sunday at 7 p.m. with a U.S. Open Cup qualifying match against Club Deportivo Aguiluchos USA at Raimondi Park Stadium in Oakland. The Gold's first home National Premier Soccer League game will be April 6 at 7 p.m. at River City High School against the same team. The Gold, coached by Rick Caldwell, is led by Manolo Pina and Anthony Chimienti.
Jim Jenkins, Special to The Bee
Sac State's Marek Marksoo and Aliaksandr Malko posted victories over ranked players, but the Hornets men's tennis team (3-7) fell 5-2 to No. 24 Cal (6-5) at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Sac State reported.
Bee Sports staff