Clearwater, Fla. (March 29, 2008) - The Saint Leo University volleyball team finished second at the inaugural Sunshine State Conference Beach Volleyball Tournament this past weekend.  Saint Leo was just one point behind winner Tampa who took home the First Annual Commissioner's Cup.

The final results were based on the pool phase of the event, although Saint Leo would have surpassed Tampa if playoff results were counted.  The Lions had two teams in the top four, which was more than any other school in the competition.


The event was the first-ever beach volleyball tournament held by an NCAA Division II conference.  The tournament was conceived following the recent success of the CSTV Collegiate Beach Nationals, the first beach volleyball event ever offered for collegiate participants, which was introduced in 2007.

Each of the nine volleyball schools in the SSC entered teams into the event.  Each program sent multiple teams to compete, all of which engaged in a minimum of four pool play matches, ultimately for a chance to advance to the medal round.  The competition, which will be free and open to the public, will use rules derived from the AVP Tour, with modifications made as needed for collegiate competitors.