Sparring on sand more than a day at the beach for volleyball duos

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Melissa Morello and Catey Warren are giving College of Charleston a strong toehold in sand volleyball as the school’s first duo to compete in the Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships.

This weekend’s tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala., also includes Conference USA schools Florida International in the team competition and UAB with Kiriana Hirini and Bethanie Thomas in the pairs along with Grand Canyon‘s Shannon Dugan and Mackenzie Phelps from the WAC.

Starting next year, sand volleyball steps up in prestige as the 90th NCAA-sanctioned championship sport.