June 18, 2014
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OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University head volleyball coach Sam Atoa announced his 2014 schedule on Wednesday and it features 12 home matches, seven dates against 2013 NCAA Tournament teams and a full Western Athletic Conference slate.
The schedule also features a six-match homestand that will span from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 at the PE Building in Orem.
"The schedule has taken some time to put together but I'm pleased with how it has fallen into place," said Atoa. "I'm really happy with the tournaments that we're going to as well as the one that we'll host in September. I feel like these pre-season tournaments will really give us an idea of where we're at and we feel that we have a shot to be quite competitive against these top-tiered teams."
The Wolverines, who went 18-15 overall in 2013 and 11-5 in their inaugural year of play in the WAC, will open their season at the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kansas. UVU will face stiff competition that weekend, as it will take on the host Jayhawks as well as Creighton and Lipscomb, Aug. 29-30. Both Kansas and Creighton played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
After a Monday afternoon match against Wyoming in Evanston, Wyoming, on Sept. 1, UVU will face two more 2013 NCAA Tourney teams in BYU and Washington the following weekend in Provo. The Wolverines will also face off against UMBC as part of the BYU Invitational.
Another contest against an in-state opponent awaits the Wolverines on Sept. 9, as UVU will face the University of Utah in Salt Lake City that evening. A couple of days later, Sept. 12-13, UVU will head to Denton, Texas, to take on Jackson State, Abilene Christian and North Texas at the Mean Green Classic.
After 11 straight matches on the road, UVU will come home for the first time in 2014 to begin its six-match homestand on Sept. 19. The Wolverines will welcome Idaho State, Portland and UC Riverside to Orem for the annual La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational that weekend. Following the Invite, UVU will begin its second season of WAC play the following weekend against Seattle U (Sept. 27), a team that knocked the Wolverines' out of the conference tournament a year ago.
UVU will also face the 2013 WAC Champion New Mexico State Aggies at the PE Building during the homestand (Oct. 2) as well as Texas-Pan American (Oct. 4).
In all, the Wolverines will face all seven other WAC schools twice -- home and away -- for a total of 14 conference matches.
"We've experienced WAC play for one year now and we feel like we can compete," added Atoa. "We hope to be able to do what we need to do to be the better team at the end of the season."
During the final month of the season, UVU will step out of conference play three times to face in-state foes. The Wolverines will welcome both Weber State (Oct. 14) and Utah State (Nov. 10) to the PE Building, while UVU and Southern Utah will do battle in Cedar City on Oct. 21.
After concluding the regular season on the road against Bakersfield and Grand Canyon on Nov. 13 and 15, respectively, UVU will look to head back to Bakersfield, California, for the 2014 WAC Tournament the following week. The top six teams will qualify for the three-day conference tournament that will run Nov. 20-22 with the winner receiving the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.