New sand volleyball courts excite team, students

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The new beach volleyball courts are officially finished.

The courts, which have been under construction since April, are now open to students. The renovations added two new courts to the area, which previously featured only two.

“They are unbelievable,” said Erik Peterson, TCU beach volleyball head coach.

In its inaugural season, the beach volleyball team did not play any of its 11 games at home. The NCAA requires a team to have a minimum of three courts available to host a competition.

This will be the first season the Frogs will be allowed to host visitors.

“We are just looking forward to the opportunity to compete here at home,” Peterson said.

The team’s first ever home matches will take place during the inaugural “Fight for the Fort Tournament,” from March 19 through March 20.

“I can’t wait to see it when we actually have a match set up,” Peterson said. “It is going to be a lot of fun.”

The new courts are also available for students, who can get volleyballs from the University Recreation Center to use on the courts.

Students are not allowed to play on the courts during the beach volleyball team’s practice and matches. The intramural department will also use the courts, which will keep students off at various times.

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“To have the opportunity to play here in front of our home fans and in front of the students and just grow our sport…it’s pretty tremendous to do this in our first year,” Peterson said.

This season will be the first full season of competition for TCU’s sand volleyball team. The Frogs went 0-11 in limited action last year.