The UCLA Beach Volleyball team has been one of the most dominant in the young history of NCAA Beach Volleyball. Three of its four decorated seniors – Jaden Whitmarsh, Devon Newberry, Lexy Denaburg – came on SANDCAST to chat about the last dance for this group, and how much winning the elusive NCAA Championship would mean, especially in a transition year with a new head coach in Jenny Johnson Jordan. We covered a wide variety of topics, including:

  • What the program is like under Johnson Jordan in her first year as head coach, replacing Stein Metzger
  • Why the word “special” continued to come up in conversation when talking about the 2024 team
  • Why Whitmarsh, a sixth-year, decided to return for one final ride
  • The lessons you can learn from coming one win shy of an NCAA Championship

And so much more!



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