CenturyTel Premier August 29-30 kicks off season at home
The Texas State volleyball team unveiled a 2008 schedule Thursday that includes four Big 12 teams and some of the top talent from the West Coast among its nonconference slate of matches.
The Bobcats, who last season finished 21-12 and made their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance, open up the season with the annual CenturyTel Premier tournament August 29-30 that features NCAA Regional participant Sacramento State, Miami, UTPA and Louisiana-Monroe. After the tournament, Texas State will host Baylor on September 2 before hitting the road for the first of three tournaments against marquee opponents.
“This may be the most challenging schedule we have ever presented to our players, and it shows what we think of our potential is and where we want this volleyball program to go,” said head coach Karen Chisum.
A trip to Arizona Sept. 5-6 for the Arizona Classic against the host Wildcats, NCAA Regional participant Santa Clara and Texas Tech begins the stretch before Texas State returns to the Lone Star State to play at Texas A&M on Sept. 9 and at the Texas Classic Sept. 11-12 in Austin. The Bobcats and Longhorns make up half the tournament field while Georgia and Houston round out the other half.
“It’s the first year in a long time that we play both Texas and A&M in the regular season, so hopefully our fans will join us at Austin and College Station,” said Chisum.
Fans can also see the Bobcats back at Strahan Coliseum for a Sept. 17 match against Prairie View A&M before making their longest trip of the season to California for the Pepperdine Premier. In addition to Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge will face the Bobcats in the final tune up before Southland Conference play.
“The UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Arizona, and Santa Clara matches are all very high level, and our goal is to knock them off,” said Chisum. “If they aren’t on your schedule, you can’t beat them! The Bobcat softball team won an SLC title after their grueling pre-conference schedule, and we hope the same thing will pay off for us as well.”
Chisum and her squad will get their first test against conference opponents with a weekend trip to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 26 and UTSA on Sept. 27. October begins with a home matches against Sam Houston State on Oct. 2 before the first of two matches against defending regular season champion Lamar, who switched divisions with Stephen F. Austin through 2009, on Oct. 4.
An Oct. 7 date at Houston for a rematch with the Cougars breaks up the conference schedule as the first of three straight road matches. The Bobcats will play at Texas-Arlington and Central Arkansas before returning home to face Northwestern State on Oct. 18.
A trip east to Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana follows before a three-match home stand that marks Texas State’s longest of the season. Texas-Arlington will play the Bobcats on Oct. 28 before Stephen F. Austin squares off against the ‘Cats on Oct. 30 in the only regular season meeting between last year’s SLC Tournament finalists.
McNeese State closes out the home stand on Nov. 1 before Texas State faces Lamar and Sam Houston State on the road.
The regular season concludes at home against UTSA on Nov. 14 before the regular season finale on Nov. 15 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi that will also recognize seniors Lawrencia Brown, Amy Weigle and Emily (Jones) Wilkes for their accomplishments as Bobcats.
The 2008 Southland Conference Tournament will be hosted by Stephen F. Austin Nov. 21-23 in Nacogdoches.
By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director