Southern Miss Volleyball Announces 2017 Schedule
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss Volleyball and head coach Amanda Berkley have announced the team's 2017 schedule, beginning Aug. 25-26 inside Reed Green Coliseum.
That opening weekend (Friday-Saturday) marks the 10th-annual Southern Miss Invitational, an event that has also kicked off every season since 2010. The field includes Nicholls, Little Rock, Jackson State and Miami. It will be the second all-time meeting between the Golden Eagles and Hurricanes.
Southern Miss remains at home the following Tuesday, Aug. 29, for a 6 p.m. contest with UL Lafayette. It is the first of three consecutive Tuesday home matches in that time slot, including ULM (Sept. 5) and Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 12).
The second weekend of the year (Sept. 1-2) marks a trip to Mobile, Ala., for the Jaguar Invitational, where the Golden Eagles will face McNeese State, Alabama and host South Alabama.
The third weekend (Sept. 8-9) will be another challenge for the squad but in an opposite direction. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic, held in New Orleans, will include host Tulane, Nicholls and Oklahoma (first all-time meeting with the Sooners).
Southern Miss will make a far northern trek in its final non-conference weekend (Sept. 15-16) of the season, a special trip for Berkley and associate head coach David Brown. The Golden Eagles will get in a pair of matches in Madison, Wisc., with Marquette and host Wisconsin, which is also their alma mater.
Conference USA play begins Sept. 22-24 when Southern Miss hosts UTEP and UTSA that Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Golden Eagles will follow that league routine each weekend through the regular season's conclusion (Nov. 11 at home versus FIU), with the exception of two weekends in which there is only one match.
The Black and Gold also play four consecutive road contests from Oct. 27 - Nov. 5. The only non-conference battle after league play begins is a short trip up Highway 49 to play Jackson State on Monday, Oct. 2.
Southern Miss last year produced a 23-8 record, including a second-place finish in C-USA. Berkley was named the AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year, and the squad also had a program-best five All-Conference picks, including its first-ever Freshman of the Year in Catherine Repsher.