JONESBORO, Ark. (4/4/18) – The Arkansas State volleyball squad will play 10 matches inside First National Bank Arena, including seven Sun Belt Conference matches, as the 2018 schedule was released Wednesday afternoon.
Season tickets for the 2018 campaign are on sale with courtside seats available for $100, while general admission season tickets cost $50. Single-game tickets will go on sale closer to the start of the season.
A-State will open the 2018 slate at the University of Memphis Invitational Aug. 24-25 where the team will face the Tigers, in-state foe UAPB, and Stephen F. Austin, who the Red Wolves defeated 3-0 last year. Arkansas State travels to a loaded SMU Invite the following weekend where all four teams participated in the postseason a year ago. A-State will face Creighton and NC State, two teams coming off a first-round win in the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Dallas, Texas, along with the host Mustangs, who participated in the 2017 NIVC with A-State.
The road trip continues with the UMKC Invitational Sept. 7-8 where the Red Wolves will square off against SIUE, Bradley, and the host Kangaroos. A-State then makes its home debut Sept. 13-15 with the A-State Invitational. The team welcomes in-state opponent Central Arkansas, Southern Illinois, and Jackson State to First National Bank Arena as this will mark the third straight season Arkansas State has hosted a non-conference tournament.
The Red Wolves continue the home stand with SBC matches against Troy (Sept. 21) and South Alabama (Sept. 23) before four straight road matches against UT Arlington, Texas State, Coastal Carolina, and Appalachian State. The squad returns home for three consecutive home contests against Louisiana (Oct. 12), ULM (Oct. 13), and in-state rival Little Rock (Oct. 20).
A-State travels to Georgia State and Georgia Southern before returning to the state of Arkansas to play at Little Rock to close out the month of October. The team hosts Texas State Nov. 2 before UT Arlington comes to Jonesboro for Senior Day Nov. 4. Arkansas State closes out the regular season with the Louisiana swing against ULM Nov. 9 and the Ragin' Cajuns Nov. 11.
Georgia State will host the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Nov. 15-18 in Atlanta, Ga., inside the GSU Sports Arena.
A-State posted a 21-12 record a season ago and was a participant in the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship. The Red Wolves defeated SIUE in the first round for its first postseason win since the 1993 NIVC.