HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss volleyball head coach Amanda Berkley announced the release of the 2015 schedule that will feature four in-season tournaments and 15 home matches.
"I am very excited about our 2015 schedule," Berkley said. "I think we have a great mix of teams that we are competing against and we will have a very balanced competitive schedule."
Southern Miss opens the 2015 campaign by hosting Nicholls, Mercer and Southern in the Southern Miss Invitational, Aug. 28-29. The Golden Eagles will also host Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 1) before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Bama Bash Sept. 4-5 with College of Charleston, Northwestern State, Alabama and Tulsa. The Golden Eagles then travel to Jackson State on Sept. 9 before heading to Oxford, Miss., for the Rebel Classic, Sept. 11-12, which includes Belmont, Ole Miss and Buffalo. Sandwiched between the Ole Miss Tournament and the Memphis Tournament is a home match against UNO on Sept. 15. The Golden Eagles will face Memphis, Mississippi State and Austin Peay in the Tiger Invitational on Sept. 18-19.
"We are playing against several SEC teams including in state rivals, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will prove to be challenging for us," said Berkley. "All of our preseason tournaments will help prepare our team for the very difficult Conference USA schedule."
The league will play a 16-match format, playing in one division with Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and Western Kentucky. Teams play all 12 opponents at least once, as well as a home-and-home series against four conference opponents. The top eight teams will qualify for the C-USA postseason tournament.
Southern Miss opens C-USA play on the road against Louisiana Tech (Sept. 21) before returning home to host Florida Atlantic (Sept. 25) and non-conference foe South Alabama (Sept. 29). The Black and Gold travels to Charlotte (Oct. 1) and to UAB (Oct. 4). After playing 14 of 17 matches on the road, the Eagles return to Reed Green Coliseum to host Middle Tennessee (Oct. 9) then on to Western Kentucky (Oct. 11) before returning to host FIU (Oct. 16) and Louisiana Tech (Oct. 18).
The Golden Eagles hit the road for three straight matches beginning with Rice (Oct. 29), North Texas (Oct. 30) and at Marshall (Nov. 6) before returning home to close out the regular season with Charlotte (Nov. 8) and UTSA (Nov. 12).
"I am very excited to get the season rolling and know that we have a very challenging schedule ahead," Berkley said.
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