Volleyball Releases 2005 Schedule
June 17, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The University of Memphis volleyball program announced its 2005 schedule today. Matches with NCAA Tournament participants Alabama A&M, Arkansas and Rice highlight the 33-match slate. Memphis will also face a challenging 16-match Conference USA schedule, despite the loss of perennial league powers Louisville, Cincinnati and Marquette.
The Tigers will open the season in the first of four preseason tournaments--at the University of Arkansas Invitational. Memphis will take on Belmont, who was a 20-win team in 2004, in the season-opener. A matchup with North Texas will follow, before the U of M rounds out the tournament against 2004 SEC West champion Arkansas.
"We have a competitive preseason schedule," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "I'm excited to play Arkansas in their tournament. Our preseason schedule has a solid mix of opponents from diff conferences."
Memphis will come home for its annual preseason tournament, Sept. 2-3. This year's field includes SWAC champs Alabama A&M, Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and UT-Martin. The Tigers will open their 13-match home schedule against UAPB on Friday, Sept. 2. The U of M will also host AAMU on Sept. 2. Matches versus UT-Martin and UALR on Saturday, Sept. 3 will decide the tournament title.
After the Tiger Invitational, Memphis will hit the road for eight straight matches away from home. Included in those eight matches are a pair of tournaments. The Tigers will travel to Macon, Ga. for the Mercer Tournament, Sept 8-9, where they will face UNC-Asheville, Florida International, Mercer and Louisiana Tech. From Macon, Memphis will travel Morgantown, W.V. to participate in West Virginia's tournament on Sept. 16-17. The Tigers will take on Duquesne and Buffalo before facing the home team Mountaineers to round out the preseason line up.
Midweek play will open on Sept. 27 at Arkansas State, who went 25-8 in 2004 and handed the Tigers a 3-1 loss at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. A rematch with Belmont, in Nashville, on Oct. 11 and a meeting with Ole Miss, at home, on Oct. 26 will wrap up non-conference action for the Tigers.
The Tigers' conference schedule will be a challenging one as Memphis will split its opening C-USA weekend, beginning play at Houston on Sept. 23, before hosting the Rice Owls on Sept. 25. Rice finished the 2004 season with a 25-5 mark and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2004. The Tigers will make trips to Southern Miss and UCF on Sept. 30 and Oct 2, respectively before splitting the next C-USA weekend with UAB. Memphis will host the Blazers on Oct. 7 and then travel to Birmingham, Ala. for a Sunday match on Oct. 9.
"We are excited about playing in Conference USA with its new alignment," Yerty said. "The teams that are coming in are matching the skill level of the teams exiting in terms of experience and NCAA exposure. We are excited to have the opportunity to play new teams. This will be a challenging season."
The Tigers will then host their first league weekend when ECU and C-USA newcomer Marshall come to town on Oct. 14 and 16, respectively. Marshall, who completed the 2004 season with a 22-11 record, is one of five Memphis opponents that posted at least 20 wins last year.
Following conference matches at Tulsa on Oct. 21, and SMU on Oct 23, the U of M will come home for a five-match homestand, including four league matches. Rematches with Southern Miss and UCF are slated for the Oct. 28 and 30 weekend. Memphis will round out its home schedule with C-USA matches versus UTEP and Tulane. The Tigers will travel to ECU and Marshall to wrap up regular season action on Nov. 4 and 6.
Memphis will then prepare for the C-USA Tournament in Houston, hosted by league newcomer Rice University. All 12 teams will participate in the post-season tournament.
The 2005 Memphis Volleyball schedule is as follows:
August Arkansas Invitational Fri. 26 vs. Belmont! Fayetteville, Ark. 5 p.m. Sat. 27 vs. North Texas! Fayetteville, Ark. 2 p.m. at Arkansas! Fayetteville, Ark. 7 p.m. September Tiger Invitational Fri. 2 UALR vs. UAPB Memphis, Tenn. 9 a.m. UT-Martin vs. Alabama A&M Memphis, Tenn. 11:30 a.m. Memphis vs. UAPB# Memphis, Tenn. 2 p.m. UALR vs. UT-Martin Memphis, Tenn. 4:30 p.m. Memphis vs. Alabama A&M# Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m. Sat. 3 Alabama A&M vs. UAPB Memphis, Tenn. 9 a.m. Memphis vs. UT-Martin# Memphis, Tenn. 11:30 a.m. Alabama A&M vs. UALR Memphis, Tenn. 2 p.m. UAPB vs. UT-Martin Memphis, Tenn. 4:30 p.m. Memphis vs. UALR# Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m. Mercer Tournament Fri. 9 vs. UNC-Asheville$ Macon, Ga. 11 a.m. vs. Florida International$ Macon, Ga. 3 p.m. Sat. 10 at Mercer$ Macon, Ga. 1 p.m. vs. Louisiana Tech Macon, Ga. 5 p.m. West Virginia Tournament Fri. 16 vs. Duquesne% Morgantown, W.V. 5 p.m. Sat. 17 vs. Buffalo% Morgantown, W.V. 2:30 p.m. at West Virginia% Morgantown, W.V. 8 p.m. Fri. 23 at HOUSTON* Houston, Texas 7 p.m. Sun. 25 RICE* Memphis, Tenn. 2 p.m. Tues. 27 at Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. 7 p.m. Fri. 30 at SOUTHERN MISS* Hattiesburg, Miss. 7 p.m.