JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 25, 2010) - Five highly competitive tournaments, highlighted by a home tournament and a tough Atlantic Sun Conference slate makes up the 2010 ETSU volleyball schedule, head coach Lindsey Devine announced Friday.
"Every season it our main goal to compete for the Atlantic Sun Championship and earn a postseason berth," said coach Devine. "To prepare for this, it was important to schedule teams that will not only challenge us but also give our squad the chance to build confidence in their play."
ETSU opens the 2010 campaign at the Wake Forest Deacon Invitational on Friday, August 27. The event features VCU, Coastal Carolina, Georgia as well as the host Wake Forest and ETSU. The Bucs open the tournament against VCU on Friday before taking on Wake Forest and reigning Big South champion Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
The Bucs will make their home debut on August 31 as they will take on rival Appalachian State at 7 p.m. The Bucs have battled the Mountaineers 54 times over the years equaling the longest rivalry for ETSU.
Three days after their home opener, the Bucs will head to the Radford Tournament that will feature Norfolk State, Canisius, Davidson, and Radford. ETSU will take on Canisius on Friday before battling Davidson and Radford on Saturday.
Just one week later, ETSU returns home as they will host their own tournament, the Buccaneer Classic. The event will feature Austin Peay, UNC Greensboro, UNC Asheville, as well as the Bucs. ETSU and UNCA continue a long standing rivalry as the two schools have battled 40 times over the years with each team winning 20 matches apiece.
"We are very excited to be hosting the Buccaneer Classic preseason tournament Sept 10-11," added Devine. "Last year we had great support from our fans throughout our regular conference season. We know that our fans can make the difference in the outcome of a match and we hope that people from the all over will come and witness the excitement this fall in the newly renovated Brooks Gym."
One week later the Bucs will travel to Statesboro, Georgia to take part in the Georgia Southern "Bash in the Boro" Tournament. The two day tournament will match ETSU against Charleston Southern, South Alabama, Georgia Southern and Winthrop.
ETSU will take a quick break from tournament competition as they will travel to UT Chattanooga on September 22 before heading to the North Carolina Central Tournament on September 24 for the final regular season tournament. The Bucs will take on N.C. Central and Maryland Eastern Shore on Friday before battling Hampton and South Carolina State on Saturday. The Bucs will take on N.C. Central and Maryland Eastern Shore for the first time.
The Bucs will return to North Carolina just one week later as they will take on Campbell in the first of 10 Atlantic Sun Conference regular season matches of the season. The Atlantic Sun schedule will look a little different this year as it will consist of a single round robin format, with each member playing each other once for the first time since 2007. In previous years teams played each other twice, once at home and once on the road.
"In the spring, we discussed to the team about the move to a single round robin for conference play in 2010," said Devine. "It is very clear in our returning senior player's minds the importance each win is for our program this year."
The Bucs will host Lipscomb, Belmont, Stetson, and Florida Gulf Coast before taking on USC Upstate on senior night. Aside from the A-Sun opener at Campbell, the Bucs will take on Jacksonville, North Florida, Kennesaw State and Mercer on the road.
Sandwiched in between conference play are three non-conference matches in October. The Bucs will travel to Wofford on October 20 before battling Big South member Presbyterian at home on October 23. ETSU will close out non-conference play on October 27 as they will take on long time rival Western Carolina on the road. The Bucs have battled the Catamounts 54 times over the years, which equals the longest ETSU rivalry with Appalachian State.
The Atlantic Sun tournament will take place November 18-20 and will be hosted by Florida Gulf Coast for the second straight season.
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