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Bobcats announce volleyball schedule

STAFF REPORT

Texas State has announced its 2009 volleyball schedule, which includes four tournaments and 13 home matches.

The Bobcats, who won the Southland Conference regular season championship last year, will play home matches against Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Houston.

“Our schedule has given us an opportunity to prepare ourselves for conference play,” said head coach Karen Chisum. “We have a good variety of various conferences on our schedule, including the Big 12, Conference USA and the Big East. They all offer us different levels of competition.”

Texas State opens up the season on the road at the Missouri Classic on Aug. 28-29. The Bobcats will play Ole Miss and Missouri on day one and return to play BYU on the last day of the classic.

The Bobcats will open home play on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Strahan Coliseum against Texas Tech.

Hitting the road for their second tournament of the season, the Bobcats will travel to Wisconsin to play in the University of Marquette Classic on Sept. 4-5. The Bobcats will face Butler, Austin Peay and Marquette at the tournament.

After traveling up Interstate-35 to play at Baylor on Sept. 8, the Bobcats will return home for their annual tournament sponsored by CenturyTel. The tournament will take place Sept. 11-12.

“Our tournament is going to be fun with Texas A&M, Texas Southern and Hofstra all being there,” said Chisum. “It will be the first time in a while that we will have three Texas schools participating. TSU and Hofstra bring good competition and it’s always great excitement when we play the Aggies.”

The University of Houston will come to Strahan Coliseum on Sept. 15. After that, the Bobcats will head to Dallas to play in the Southern Methodist Tournament. Texas State will play SMU, William Mary and Syracuse in that meeting.

“The goal of our non-conference schedule is to get us for conference play and to present ourselves with an opportunity to get an upset over a team with a higher RPI,” Chisum said.