JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 8, 2016) – The ETSU volleyball team released its 2016 schedule on Monday. The 28-match slate includes 11 matches inside Brooks Gym and tilts against Alabama and Clemson. In addition, the Bucs will also host their first tournament since 2011 on Aug. 26-27 when they welcome Austin Peay, USC Upstate and Troy for the season-opening Double Tree Hotel Buccaneer Challenge.
ETSU, which went 19-12 overall and 9-7 in SoCon play last season, will take part in three other non-conference tournaments before opening Southern Conference play. The Bucs will head to Lynchburg, Va. to take part in the Liberty Invitational Sept. 2-3. ETSU will take on Hampton to open the event at 4:30 p.m. Friday before closing it out with matches against USC Upstate and Liberty.
Following the tournament in Virginia, the Bucs will head to Clemson, S.C. and Tuscaloosa, Ala. to wrap up non-conference play. The Blue and Gold will compete in the Clemson Classic for the second consecutive season on Sept. 9-10. ETSU will have two matches Friday against Clemson and North Dakota before taking on Tulane Saturday. When the Bucs head to Tuscaloosa, they will not only take on Alabama on Friday but they will also matchup with Presbyterian. ETSU will close out the event taking on Tulane on Saturday.
The Bucs will begin SoCon play with three matches away from home before returning for their conference home opener against Western Carolina on Oct. 7. The contest against the Catamounts is a part of a three-match home stand as the Bucs will also host UNCG (Oct. 8) and Chattanooga (Oct. 12).
After a pair of road matches at Wofford and Western Carolina, the Buccaneers return to Brooks Gym for another three-match home stand against Mercer (Oct. 21), The Citadel (Oct. 22) and Wofford (Oct. 28).
ETSU will wrap up its home schedule with matches against Samford (Nov. 4) and reigning tournament champion Furman (Nov. 8).
The SoCon Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 19-21 in Birmingham, Ala.
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