The College of Charleston sand volleyball team is one of four schools selected to participate in the inaugural American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Championships scheduled for April 27-29 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Other schools participating are Pepperdine, Florida State and Long Beach State.

In addition to the team championship, the tournament will feature an individual tournament with 16 pairings.

The College of Charleston’s Elyse Chubb and Lizzie Theesfeld are in pool 3, while Emily Shelton and Kelly Kolich are in pool 1.

“This is so exciting for the team and staff,” said Cougars coach Jason Kepner. “Sand volleyball is still so new to many of them, and to qualify for the Final Four shows their commitment and dedication to the school and their teammates.

“I am very excited for this opportunity and grateful to the athletic department and the College of Charleston for supporting sand volleyball in its first official NCAA season.”

Charleston Race Week The America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports, will be on display during Charleston Race Week at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant.

The America’s Cup is making its first visit to Charleston by special arrangement between the organizers of the Charleston Race Week and the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco.

Viewing of the America’s Cup is free and open to the public.

Volleyball The Citadel’s Amir Khaledi announced the addition of five cadet-student-athletes who will join the Bulldogs’ volleyball program for the 2012 season.

The additions include Carson Gosnell (Mount Pleasant), Megan Heyer (Richmond, Va.), Rachael Keefer (Fleming Island, Fla.), Bailey Kernodle (Fort Mill) and Mikaela Tracy (Marietta, Ga.).