Volleyball Announces 2003 Slate

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Volleyball Announces 2003 Slate

Contact: Shawn Sell

5/29/2003

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    CINCINNATI, Ohio-- The University of Cincinnati volleyball team, a qualifier for the NCAA Tournament for four straight years, will face seven teams that reached the tournament last year during the 2003 season in a schedule that was announced on Thursday.

    The highlight of the schedule comes with a Sept. 19-20 trip to University Park, Pa. for a spot in the Penn State Classic, one of five in-season tournaments the Bearcats will take part in. The Bearcats will open play with Brown from the Ivy League, before facing 2002 NCAA qualifiers in Robert Morris and the host Nittany Lions on Saturday.

    “We are looking forward to the upcoming season against a very competitive schedule,” Bearcat head coach Reed Sunahara said. “I think Penn State is the highlight of the schedule for us. We are hoping to use the quality non-conference schedule that we have to get road for Conference USA play.”

    Cincinnati will be tested right out of the gates as they will face SW Missouri State, George Washington, Fairfield and George Mason at GMU’s tournament, Aug. 29-30. George Mason earned an NCAA berth in 2002, while the other three squads each recorded at least 19 wins.

    “The first tournament of the year is crucial, its huge,” Sunahara added. “We are going to play some good teams which are about the same caliber as we are. It will be a good test and should set the tone for the season.”

    The Bearcats open the 13-game home schedule by hosting the Bearcat Invitational (Sept. 5-6), with Marshall, Butler and New Mexico State making up the field. The balance of the non-conference home schedule includes a visit by NCAA Tournament qualifier Western Kentucky on Sept. 16.

    The final two tournaments the Bearcats will take part in are the Miami (O.) Classic (Sept 12-13) and the Conference USA/Mid-American Conference Challenge at Louisville (Nov. 28-29).

    After finishing third in the conference last season, the Bearcats have the luxury of hosting Louisville, one of the league’s three NCAA qualifiers on Oct. 10, but must travel to South Florida, the other team that earned a tournament berth on Nov. 15.

    The 2003 C-USA Tournament will take place Nov. 21-24 in New Orleans, with Tulane hosting the event.

     


     

     

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