Volleyball Schedule Released


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
June 27, 2011 09:38 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck today announced 2011 volleyball schedule, which features opponents from 11 different conferences and 13 home matches.

“After hitting the ground running in her first season, I have complete confidence in Jill (Kramer) and the schedule she has put together,” says Luck. “As in the years past, it is nice to have the season open right here in Morgantown, allowing the community to see how hard the student-athletes have been working to represent West Virginia University.”

“Our schedule will be challenging and exciting for both our team and fans,” says Kramer. “We play teams from the Big 10, Big 12, and SEC, respectively, while featuring five teams that participated in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.”

Prior to the start of the regular season, the Mountaineers will showcase what is in store for 2011 with the Gold-Blue Scrimmage held on Sunday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. Following the scrimmage, fans will have the opportunity to meet the players in an autograph session.

The season opens at home with the WVU Mountaineer Invitational from Aug. 26-28, with opponents Ohio State, New Hampshire, Valparaiso, Robert Morris and Towson. The match against Ohio State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., is also a Dollar Night. The Buckeyes closed out the 2010 season ranked No. 19 in the AVCA Poll and is the highest ranked opponent WVU is set to face.

“We have put together a very strong preseason schedule to prepare our team for league play, the BIG EAST Tournament, and the NCAA Tournament. Our first three weekends include matches with Ohio State, UTSA and Kentucky ? all 2010 NCAA Tournament participants,” Kramer says. “Opening weekend will be full of great volleyball ? three days of it! We have five great teams coming in and are looking forward to providing some intense competition for our fans to enjoy.”

WVU will then hit the road for six-straight matches. Sept. 4-6 will be spent in Texas as WVU faces the Southland Conference’s Texas-San Antonio and Texas State and Big 12 powerhouse Baylor.

“As TCU makes its entrance to the Big East next year, we are hoping to bring some of the best talent from Texas to West Virginia and would like to make a presence in their backyard,” Kramer explains.

The Mountaineers will move from Texas to Kentucky for the Kentucky Invitational, Sept. 9-10. The invitational opens with a pair of matches on Friday against Houston and Loyola Marymount, and will conclude on Saturday with a match against host Kentucky.

“Kentucky will be one of the sites to host a Regional in 2011, so I wanted to give our squad the experience of playing in that venue.”

The BIG EAST season opens in the WVU Coliseum on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. against Rutgers. WVU will then face Seton Hall the following day at 2 p.m., and will offer a kid’s clinic following the match.

WVU will travel to Villanova and Georgetown on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2, respectively, before returning home for a Pink Out, to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, against DePaul on Oct. 7. The Mountaineers will close out the weekend with a 2 p.m. match against Notre Dame on Oct. 9.

The Backyard Brawl against Pitt will take place at home on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. for parent’s weekend. After three-straight home matches, WVU will travel to 2010 BIG EAST defending champions Louisville and Cincinnati, who each closed out the 2010 season receiving votes in the AVCA poll, on Oct. 22 and 23, respectively.

WVU will return home for a pair of 2 p.m. matches on Oct. 29 and 30 against Syracuse and Marquette, respectively, before traveling to Connecticut and St. John’s, Nov. 4 and 6, respectively.

The final home match of the season is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. against USF. The BIG EAST Tournament is held Nov. 18-20 in Milwaukee, Wis., with the top eight teams in the league receiving an invitation.

The Mountaineers will close out the final regular-season match at Marshall on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Huntington, W.Va.

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West Virginia University Mountaineers, Jill Kramer, Oliver Luck, NCAA volleyball


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