From Arkansas State University
The Arkansas State volleyball team announced its 2012 schedule on Tuesday, which features seven home matches including one against the University of Memphis.
ASU will play in four non-conference tournaments and will open the season Aug. 24-25 at the Rice University Invitational in Houston, Texas. The tournament field includes the host team Rice, Brigham Young University and Air Force.
The Red Wolves will open its 2012 home schedule Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. against Memphis at the Convocation Center. This will mark the first time since 2009 that the two schools have faced off and it will be the Tigers' first trip to Jonesboro since 2008.
"It's a challenging schedule, but we chose this route to prepare us for Sun Belt Conference play," ASU Volleyball coach David Rehr said. "Having Memphis as our Home opener Aug. 28 in the Convocation Center, is a great way to introduce this year's team to our fans and supporters."
A-State will return to tournament action Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Kansas University Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., where the field includes Kansas, Sam Houston State, Nebraska Omaha and Tulsa. The Red Wolves will travel to Lake Charles, La. Sept. 7-8 for the McNeese State Tournament which includes McNeese State and Baylor. The squad will conclude its non-conference tournament schedule Sept. 14-15 in Peoria, Ill., at the Bradley University Tournament where the field includes Bradley, Northern Iowa and Long Beach State.
ASU will begin Sun Belt Conference play Sept. 21 on the road against Florida Atlantic, followed by a trip to Florida International Sept. 23.
The Red Wolves will host North Texas Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. for its SBC home opener at the Convocation Center, followed by a 1 p.m. home match against Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 30. ASU will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., Oct. 2 for a non-conference match against Southeast Missouri State before returning to Jonesboro to play Troy Oct. 5 and South Alabama Oct. 7 at the HPESS Facility.
ASU will begin a four-match road swing Oct. 12 with a trip to Louisiana-Lafayette, followed by a match at Arkansas-Little Rock Oct. 16. A-State will then travel to Bowling Green, Ky., Oct. 19 to take on Western Kentucky, followed by a trip to Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oct. 20 for a match against Middle Tennessee.
The team will return to the Convocation Center Oct. 28 for a 2 p.m. match against Arkansas-Little Rock and will conclude its home schedule Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Convocation Center.
The Red Wolves will travel to Columbia, Mo., Nov. 6 for a non-conference match against Missouri, followed by SBC road matches against North Texas Nov. 9 and Louisiana-Monroe Nov. 11.
The Sun Belt Conference tournament will be in Bowling Green, Ky., Nov. 15-17.