July 14, 2010
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By Sarah Tarasewicz
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - One tournament at The Venue at UCF and 12 total matches against teams that concluded the 2009 season in the top 100 on the final NCAA RPI Report highlight UCF's 2010 volleyball schedule released by head coach Todd Dagenais Wednesday. The Knights will host 13 regular-season matches on their home court this season, which includes 10 Conference USA contests.
The schedule also pits the Black and Gold against five teams that posted 22 or more wins last season, including Baylor, who finished the season ranked No. 20 in the final AVCA Coaches Poll with a 24-10 record.
Prior to its meeting with the Bears, UCF opens the 2010 season and a six-match roadtrip at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament in Ft. Myers against the host Eagles, Houston Baptist and Bethune-Cookman Aug. 27-28.
The Knights conclude their road swing Sept. 3-4 when they partake in the action at the UNC-Wilmington Hilton Garden Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Classic. During the two-day event, the Black and Gold will face the Seahawks, UNC Greensboro and South Carolina State.
UCF finally returns to the friendly confines of The Venue at UCF when it hosts its home-opener against Florida Atlantic in its first match of the Courtyard by Marriott/UCF Classic on Sept. 10. Later that evening the Knights will finally get the chance to square-off with Baylor, who looks to be the squad's toughest opponent of the year, before concluding its home event Sept. 11 with a contest against in-state rival Jacksonville.
The excitement of playing in front of the home crowd in Orlando will not last long, however, as the Black and Gold embarks on another six-match road trip Sept. 17-Oct. 1. The stretch includes play in the Chattanooga Classic (Sept. 17-18) against James Madison, Chattanooga and Belmont and its C-USA opener against Marshall (Oct. 23) in Huntington, W.Va.
This season will be the first in which the Knights will not have the opportunity to participate in the C-USA Volleyball Championship, as league coaches voted against holding the event during the offseason. With the decision to not sponsor a postseason league tournament, the conference office added four additional C-USA matches to each team's schedule in 2010.
The Knights will battle the Thundering Herd in back-to-back road matches (Sept. 23-24), while also facing Houston (Oct. 1), Southern Miss (Oct. 15), Tulane (Oct. 17), SMU (Oct. 29), Tulsa (Oct. 31), Memphis (Nov. 19), UAB (Nov. 21) and UTEP (Nov. 24) on the road in league action throughout the season.
UCF is set to host its first C-USA match Oct. 3 against 2009 NCAA-participant Rice, before welcoming East Carolina to The Venue for a two-match home series Oct. 9-10. The match against the Pirates on Oct. 10 will serve as the Knights' annual VolleyBowl match, in which the squad will attempt to break the program attendance record for the third-straight season. In 2009, VolleyBowl II saw a program-record 1,603 fans cheer on the Black and Gold as it battled in-state rival USF.
Also making the trip to the Sunshine State in league play will be the Blazers (Oct. 22), Tigers (Oct. 24), Green Wave (Nov. 5), Golden Eagles (Nov. 7), Golden Hurricane (Nov. 12), Mustangs (Nov. 14) and Miners (Nov. 27).
The NCAA Championship first and second rounds will be held Dec. 2-5, while the NCAA Regional Finals will take place Dec. 10-11. The 2010 volleyball season will come to a close with the NCAA Championship Final which is slated for Dec. 16-18 in Kansas City, Mo.
2010 UCF Volleyball ScheduleAug. 27 vs. Houston Baptist, Ft. Myers, Fla., 11:00 a.m.Aug. 27 at Florida Gulf Coast, Ft. Myers, Fla., 7:00 p.m.Aug. 28 vs. Bethune-Cookman, Ft. Myers, Fla., 1:00 p.m.Sept. 3 at UNC-Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C., 7:00 p.m.Sept. 4 vs. UNC-Greensboro, Wilmington, N.C., 1:00 p.m.Sept. 4 vs. South Carolina State, Wilmington, N.C., 5:00 p.m.Sept. 10 FLORIDA ATLANTIC, ORLANDO, FLA., 1:00 p.m.Sept. 10 BAYLOR, ORLANDO, FLA., 7:30 p.m.Sept. 11 JACKSONVILLE, ORLANDO, FLA., 1:30 p.m.Sept. 17 vs. James Madison, Chattanooga, Tenn., 6:00 p.m.Sept. 18 at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tenn., 12:30 p.m.Sept. 18 vs. Belmont, Chattanooga, Tenn., 5:30 p.m.Sept. 23 at Marshall*, Huntington, W.Va., 7:00 p.m.Sept. 24 at Marshall*, Huntington, W.Va., 5:30 p.m.Oct. 1 at Houston*, Houston, Texas, 8:00 p.m.Oct. 3 RICE*, ORLANDO, FLA., 1:00 p.m.Oct. 9 EAST CAROLINA*, ORLANDO, FLA., 7:00 p.m.Oct. 10 EAST CAROLINA*+, ORLANDO, FLA., 7:00 p.m.Oct. 15 at Southern Miss*, Hattiesburg, Miss., 8:00 p.m.Oct. 17 at Tulane*, New Orleans, La., 2:00 p.m.Oct. 22 UAB*, ORLANDO, FLA., 7:00 p.m.Oct. 24 MEMPHIS*, ORLANDO, FLA., 1:00 p.m.Oct. 29 at SMU*, Dallas, Texas, 8:00 p.m.Oct. 31 at Tulsa*, Tulsa, Okla., 2:00 p.m.Nov. 5 TULANE*, ORLANDO, FLA., 6:00 p.m.Nov. 7 SOUTHERN MISS*, ORLANDO, FLA., 1:00 p.m.Nov. 12 TULSA*, ORLANDO, FLA., 7:00 p.m.Nov. 14 SMU*, ORLANDO, FLA., 1:00 p.m.Nov. 19 at Memphis*, Memphis, Tenn., 8:00 p.m.Nov. 21 at UAB*, Birmingham, Ala., 2:00 p.m.Nov. 24 at UTEP*, El Paso, Texas, 9:00 p.m.Nov. 27 UTEP*, ORLANDO, FLA., 4:30 p.m.Dec. 2-5 NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds, TBA, TBADec. 10-11 NCAA Regional Finals, TBA, TBADec. 16-18 NCAA Finals, Kansas City, Mo., TBA
* Conference USA match+ VolleyBowl III - Presented by Holiday Inn-UCFHome matches in bold CAPS and played at The Venue at UCFAll times Eastern and subject to change