Volleyball Opening Weekend Approaches

Go C-USA! C-USA's preseason favorite, Rice opens the 2013 season competing in the Fresno State Invitational.
Go C-USA!
C-USA's preseason favorite, Rice opens the 2013 season competing in the Fresno State Invitational.
Go C-USA!

Aug 28, 2013

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA opens the 2013 volleyball season Friday, Aug. 30, with all 15 teams in action. Five squads will be playing their home openers, while the remaining 10 are on the road.

C-USA Volleyball Notebook (PDF)

Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Tulane and UAB are hosting home tournaments this weekend to officially open their 2013 campaign. Preseason C-USA favorite Rice heads out west to participate in the Fresno State Bulldog Invitational where they will face host FSU Friday and Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara Saturday. Defending C-USA champion Tulsa takes on nationally-ranked Dayton, Missouri State and Northeastern in the Dayton Invitational.

Facing the toughest opening weekend is UTEP. The Miners are set to face defending national champion and Preseason No. 1 Texas and No. 11 Hawaii in the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. San Diego, a team that is first on the top 25 receiving votes list, will see UTEP in Hawaii too. Also facing nationally-ranked opponents will be UAB as they play hosts to No. 6 Minnesota, while North Texas takes on No. 12 UCLA in California. The Conference season kicks off on Friday, Sept. 27.


Check out www.ConferenceUSA.com for recaps following each day of action, as well as Twitter (@Conference_USA) and Facebook (Conference USA) for even more updates.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, AUG. 30
Wildcat Classic (Davidson, N.C.)
Charlotte vs. CSU Bakersfield | 12 p.m.
Charlotte at Davidson | 7 p.m.
Wake Forest Invitational (Winston Salem, N.C.)
East Carolina at Wake Forest | 5:30 p.m.
Gamecock Invitational (Columbia, S.C.)
FIU vs. High Point | 12 p.m.
FIU at South Carolina | 6 p.m.
FAU INVITATIONAL
Southeastern La. at FAU | 11:30 a.m.
Jacksonville at FAU | 6 p.m.
UT Arlington Tournament (Arlington, Texas)
Louisiana Tech vs. Grambling | 4 p.m.
Virginia Tournament (Charlottesville, Va.)
Marshall at Virginia | 6 p.m.
BLUE RAIDER BASH
San Francisco at Middle Tennessee | 4:30 p.m.
Loyola Marymount Tournament (Los Angeles, Calif.)
North Texas at Loyola Marymount | 7 p.m.
Fresno State Bulldog Invitational (Fresno, Calif.)
Rice at Fresno State | 7 p.m.
SOUTHERN MISS INVITATIONAL
Jackson State at Southern Miss | 7 p.m.
KATHY TROSCLAIR MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Mississippi Valley State at Tulane | 7 p.m.
Dayton Invitational (Dayton, Ohio)
Tulsa at #22 Dayton | 6 p.m.
UAB/SAMFORD CHALLENGE
Mercer at UAB | 10 a.m.
#6 Minnesota at UAB | 7 p.m.
Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Honolulu, Hawaii)
UTEP vs. (RV) San Diego | 10 p.m.
LSU Tournament (Baton Rouge, La.)
UTSA at LSU | 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 31
Wildcat Classic (Davidson, N.C.)
Charlotte vs. Charleston Southern | 10 a.m.
Wake Forest Invitational (Winston Salem, N.C.)
East Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro | 9 a.m.
East Carolina vs. East Tennessee State | 3:30 p.m.
Gamecock Invitational (Columbia, S.C.)
FIU vs. South Carolina State | 10 a.m.
FAU INVITATIONAL
Bethune-Cookman at FAU | 2 p.m.
UT Arlington Tournament (Arlington, Texas)
LA Tech vs. Abilene Christian | 11 a.m.
LA Tech at UT Arlington | 7 p.m.
Virginia Tournament (Charlottesville, Va.)
Marshall vs. Montana | 9 a.m.
Marshall vs. James Madison | 3:30 p.m.
BLUE RAIDER BASH
(RV)Notre Dame at Middle Tennessee | 11 a.m.
(RV)North Carolina at Middle Tennessee | 7:30 p.m.
Loyola Marymount Tournament (Los Angeles, Calif.)
North Texas vs. #12 UCLA | 10 a.m.
North Texas vs. Albany | 4:30 p.m.
Fresno State Bulldog Invitational (Fresno, Calif.)
Rice vs. Cal State Northridge | 12 p.m.
Rice vs. Santa Clara | 7 p.m.
SOUTHERN MISS INVITATIONAL
Troy at Southern Miss | 11 a.m.
Stephen F. Austin at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m.
KATHY TROSCLAIR MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Rider at Tulane | 10 a.m.
Nicholls State at Tulane | 7 p.m.
Dayton Invitational (Dayton, Ohio)
Tulsa vs. Missouri State | 9 a.m.
Tulsa vs. Northeastern | 4:30 p.m.
UAB/SAMFORD CHALLENGE
Presbyterian at UAB | 10 a.m.
Jacksonville State at UAB | 3 p.m.
Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Honolulu, Hawaii)
UTEP vs. #1 Texas | 4 p.m.
LSU Tournament (Baton Rouge, La.)
UTSA vs. (RV) San Diego State | 12:30 p.m.
UTSA vs. UC Davis | 5:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 1
Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Honolulu, Hawaii)
UTEP at #11 Hawaii | 1 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 2
Marshall at Eastern Kentucky | 1 p.m.

More information on Friday's season openers and your favorite teams can be found on the school websites:

Charlotte | East Carolina | FIU | Florida Atlantic | Louisiana Tech | Marshall | Middle Tennessee | North Texas | Rice | Southern Miss | Tulane | Tulsa | UAB | UTEP | UTSA |

 

 

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