Apparently, they play sand volleyball in Alaska

Georgia State’s sand volleyball (not beach volleyball, sand volleyball) signed three players this week to join the team, which will begin play in the spring of 2013.

One of them, Karlee Kavanaugh, is from Alaska. Chugiak to be exact. If memory (and Wikipedia) serves, it’s a suburb of Anchorage.

The other signees are former Miami All-American Lane Carico and Molly Smestad, a transfer from Arkansas at Monticello.

Kavanaugh was selected to play in the USAV HP Beach Championships last year, and she finished second in the Alaska State Beach Volleyball Open Championships. She was also a first-team all-state selection.

“Karlee is a solid player who gets better every time she steps on the sand,” coach Tami Audia said in a statement. “She is a dedicated player who travels far distances for training. With good size and a keen sense of the game, Karlee will be a fun contributor to watch all four years of her career.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

11 comments Add your comment

Nick Bray

April 18th, 2012
2:41 pm

Come on Doug you had to have known Sand is one of the states favorite sports right behind competitive ice fishing. #PantherNation spreads far and wide


April 18th, 2012
2:47 pm

What conference will the team be associated with?

Doug Roberson

April 18th, 2012
2:49 pm

Sun Belt, I believe. I think they have enough teams. I’ll try to find out.

Doug Roberson

April 18th, 2012
2:55 pm


April 18th, 2012
3:05 pm

Tremendous week for Sand Volleyball and Women’s basketball. Tremendous level of recruits signed by Coach Tami Audia and Coach Sheryl Baldwin-Tener.

BTW, Coach Hunter and Baldwin-Tener will be at 5 Seasons Brewery Tomorrow Night at 5:30pm for those interested. FREE Appetizers.


April 18th, 2012
3:07 pm

Could she play on both Volleyball teams, or … fun/painful would “Ice Volleyball” be? Just a thought! Go Panthers!

Cheryl Levick, Vampire Hunter

April 18th, 2012
3:38 pm

Coach Audia is HOT HOT HOT!!!


April 18th, 2012
5:47 pm

Are the sand volleyball uniforms skimpier than the regular volleyball? If so, thank you FBS.


April 18th, 2012
8:40 pm

I’m not sure which is more ridiculous. GSU having sand volleyball in the middle of the city, or Alaska having sand volleyball at all…

GSU is in Atlanta

April 18th, 2012
9:45 pm

Doug, Can you look into whether there will be a GSU Sand Volleyball Calendar, similar to the Reef Girls Calendar?


April 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

Don’t forget the Women’s Softball Team whipping #2 BAMA! CRK has the Panther women playing some awesome ball. Hope they take the CAA and get another shot at UGA in the playoffs!