MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University athletic marketing office announced an exciting slate of promotions, highlighted by eight admission discounts and a pair of theme nights, for the 2014 volleyball home schedule Tuesday afternoon.
The Mountaineers open the season Friday, August 29, when they host BYU at 7 p.m. as part of the Gold & Blue Players’ Challenge.
The season opener will be a Dollar Night with $1 admissions and $1 select concessions, in addition to a schedule poster giveaway and coach-student challenge. Just one of WVU’s three contests in the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge, the Mountaineers will also host Toledo (2 p.m.) and IUPUI (7 p.m.) on Saturday, August 30. Both contests will feature free admission. WVU vs. IUPUI will also be 90s Night, where fans are encouraged to wear their best 90s fashions.
West Virginia plays four home contests as part of the Mountaineer Invitational on September 12 and 13. The Mountaineers’ first game of the tournament, a noon contest vs. Kent State, will be free for all attendees. Later that evening, the squad takes on Seton Hall in a 7 p.m. tilt that will feature its second Dollar Night of the season. The following day, WVU will host Montana in a 7 p.m. match that will celebrate Social Media Night to conclude the tournament.
One of the biggest matches of the season will take place Wednesday, September 24, when the No. 2-ranked Texas Longhorns come to town for a 6:30 p.m., Big 12 Conference Kickoff match to be televised on ESPNU. The tilt will be a Pack the Coliseum night as well as a White Out. Fans are encouraged to wear white in support of the Mountaineers to the Dollar Night match (valid only for admissions, not concessions, vs. Texas).
Wednesday, October 8 will mark the squad’s annual Dig Pink match to support breast cancer awareness. Players will be donning pink uniforms for their 6:30 p.m. tilt with Big 12 foe Oklahoma.
Kids’ Day will be Saturday, October 11, when they Mountaineers host TCU in a 2 p.m. contest. It will also be a Gold Rush game, as coach Jill Kramer and squad encourage the Mountaineer faithful to don gold for the afternoon. There will also be a free youth clinic for kids seventh grade and younger following the match.
Kansas will come to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, October 15, for a 6:30 p.m. match. WVU will celebrate Faculty-Staff Appreciation Night against the Jayhawks.
The final Dollar Night of the season will be Saturday, October 25, when the Mountaineers take on Kansas State at 5 p.m. In addition to $1 admission and select $1 concessions, WVU will also celebrate Mountaineer week.
Iowa State will come to Morgantown Saturday, November 8, for a 2 p.m. contest that will mark Superhero Day. Fans are encouraged to pack WVU Coliseum dressed as their favorite superhero.
WVU will honor current and retired military members on Saturday, November 12, when they take on Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. in Military Appreciation Day. Fans who show a valid military ID will receive free admission to the contest.
Lone senior Evyn McCoy
will be honored on the team’s annual Senior Night on Saturday, November 22. Following a celebration for McCoy, WVU will take on Big 12 foe Baylor at 6:30 p.m. to wrap up their regular season home schedule.
“We are looking forward to giving our fans the opportunity to come out and enjoy West Virginia volleyball, said Assistant Director of Athletic Marketing Nick Halfhill. "We hope that our promotional schedule adds to the overall atmosphere and fan experience.”