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Jul 16, 2013 8:02 PM by Kim Westlund

Cal Poly Women's Volleyball to compete in sand volleyball

Cal Poly Women's Volleyball will add sand competitions to their 2014 spring schedule.

Head Coach Sam Crosson will coach the Mustang sand volleyball team and says the roster will consist of the players on the indoor volleyball roster. "We're certainly not going to mandate that all of our indoor players play on the beach but it certainly opens the door to more exposure to our current players to get more touches and contacts throughout the year."

In sand volleyball, each team fields five pairs. Each duo plays a best-of-three match. First duo to 21 points in the first two sets wins the set, with the third set, if necessary, going to the first team to reach 15 points. A team must be ahead by at least two points to win a set.

Sand Volleyball is not yet a NCAA sanctioned sport, but Crosson feels as though this will help his team develop as all around players. "You're on a different surface yet it encompasses all the skills in volleyball that you're going to have to do more frequently because there is less players on the court."

Redshirt senior, Jennifer Keddy is very excited about the new addition and the benefits it will bring to the program. "I think it will definitely help in the recruiting because I know there are a lot of girls, especially in California, who love playing beach and playing on court volleyball."

Keddy is also excited to return back to the court after an injury prone 2012 year.

"I can't wait, it's been too long. I cant even describe to you how anxious I am," said Keddy.

Keddy missed all of the 2012 season due to a slap tear and bone spur in her right shoulder (her hitting arm), which she had surgery for in July of 2012. After almost a year of shoulder rehab to get her back on the court, Keddy finally got fully cleared to practice with the team. But just three weeks after she returned to spring practice doctors found a stress fracture in her left foot that would require surgery. She had a screw placed in her navicular bone to fix the fracture.

Keddy had surgery to fix the fracture in May of 2013 and was in a walking boot for eight weeks. She will be cleared from the boot on July 17t but will be limited and monitored on her activity to ensure a healthy recovery.

Keddy says the only thing that will keep her from being at the teams first official practice on August 10th is "death."

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