Tiger Volleyball Releases 2002 Schedule
July 26, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Following the program's first 20-win season since 1994, the Memphis Tiger volleyball program has released its schedule for the upcoming 2002 season, Head Coach Carrie Yerty announced, Friday.
The Tigers open their 2002 schedule at the Georgia Southern Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Memphis will face two league champions in that tournament, beginning with 2001 Atlantic Sun champion Georgia State. The Tigers will also face Western Kentucky, the two-time Sun Belt champs, the second day of the tournament. Charleston Southern and host Georgia Southern round out the Tigers' first two days of play.
"That is going to be a tough tournament at Georgia Southern," Yerty said. "Both Georgia State and Georgia Southern have good international players and how we do in that tournament will really be a good starting point for us in determining what we need to work on for the rest of the preseason."
Memphis will return home to face Christian Brothers, coming off a 19-win season of their own, in an inter-city match-up, Sept. 3, before the Tigers host their own five-team tournament Sept. 5-6 in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. Participants will include Appalachian State, Birmingham-Southern, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee.
Memphis then jets east for a pair of tournaments over the next two weekends, participating in the Yale Invitational, Sept. 13-14th and the Boston College Tournament, Sept. 20-21. Following the Boston College tournament, the Tigers will stop in Hanover, N.H., to face Dartmouth in a Sunday non-conference match.
UT-Martin will come to the Fieldhouse Oct. 1 before the Tigers open their Conference USA schedule against Saint Louis, Oct. 5th. After the conference opener, the Tigers travel to Ole Miss to face the Rebels after downing them 3-2 in a thriller at the Fieldhouse last season. The Tigers will then host Houston, who edged the Tigers 3-2 in Memphis last season, and TCU in the first full C-USA weekend. The first league roadtrip for the seven new faces in Tiger camp will travel to South Florida and UAB before returning home to host a pair of non-conference teams, Arkansas State and Belmont University out of Nashville.
The remainder of the conference home schedule includes DePaul, Marquette, Charlotte and East Carolina with C-USA road swings through Cincinnati, Louisville, Tulane and Southern Miss rounding out the schedule.
"I think we'll see some of the same teams fighting it out for the C-USA title," Yerty said. "This league has improved so much, so fast that the week in and week out competition will be challenging and unpredictable."
The Tigers finished 2001 with a 22-8 mark and a 7-9 record in league play. They advanced to the second round of the C-USA championship for the first time in three years after downing Tulane in the opening round, before falling to regular-season champion, Cincinnati.
The 2002 Tiger team features six new freshmen and one new assistant coach. Former Southern Miss head coach Steve Sykes joined Yerty's staff earlier this summer. The Tigers lost four starters from a team that got off to a school-best 10-0 start last season. The 2002 roster features one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and six freshmen.