NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State volleyball Head Coach Donika Sutton announced the volleyball schedule for the Tigers in 2017, a slate that includes five matches versus NCAA Tournament teams and another four teams that finished their season with winning records.
“I am excited about our Fall 2017 schedule,” Sutton stated. “This schedule is solid and competitive to say the least. This preseason is going to be extremely tough as we experience high-level play at each tournament we attend. I am excited to announce that we will be hosting the first Tiger Invitational Tournament during Labor Day weekend. The most important thing is preparing for conference play, while sharpening our skills amongst the nation’s best. We will host two conference matches during Homecoming Oct. 13-14; which will be a great experience for our players and alumni. Our team will need to be consistent and grow each week as we get closer to the OVC tournament.”
Coming off a 17-16 record and a trip to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, the Tigers will play a total of 29 regular season matches leading up to the OVC Tournament in mid-November. This year’s schedule includes 13 non-conference matches including eight teams with winning records in 2016. The Tigers will face five teams that made the 2016 NCAA tournament including Denver, Western Kentucky, Missouri State, Washington State and conference opponent Murray State.
TSU will start off the season on Aug. 25-26 at the College of Charleston Tournament in Charleston, SC. In the two-day span, the Tigers will face Summit League Champion Denver, College of Charleston and USC Upstate.
The first home match will start on Sept. 1 as TSU will host the Tiger Invitational which will be the first preseason tournament Tennessee State volleyball has hosted. The Tigers begin the weekend Sep. 1 against Florida International. On Sept. 2 the Tigers will face off against New Orleans.
Following the Tiger Invitational TSU will head to Tuscaloosa to play at the University of Alabama Tournament. The tournament will be played on Sep. 8-9 as the Tigers take on Furman, the Crimson Tide and Hofstra.
TSU will then take a short trip to Bowling Green, Ky. to take on Conference USA powerhouse Western Kentucky on Sept. 12.
In the final regular season tournament, TSU makes a trip to Missouri for the Missouri State Tournament on Sept. 15-16. Tennessee State’s opponents will include Illinois from the Big Ten, Missouri State and PAC-12 member Washington State.
The Tigers dive into Ohio Valley Conference play against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 22 at home; and close out the month with OVC tests against Morehead State, (Sept. 23) on the road at Belmont (Sept. 26) and at Eastern Illinois (Sept. 30).
October will begin on the road at Jacksonville State (Oct. 6) and at Tennessee Tech (Oct. 7). The Tigers will host Southeast Missouri (Oct. 13) and UT Martin (Oct. 14). The next five matches will be away from Kean Hall as the Tigers travel to Austin Peay (Oct. 20), OVC-Champion Murray State (Oct. 21), Middle Tennessee (Oct. 25), Morehead State (Oct. 27) and Eastern Kentucky (Oct. 28). TSU will welcome Belmont to Kean Hall on (Oct. 31).
TSU will complete the season with a four game home-stand against Belmont (Oct. 31), SIUE (Nov. 4), Tennessee Tech (Nov. 10) and on Nov.11 the Tigers will have Senior Day against Jacksonville State.
BY THE NUMBERS
29 Regular Season Matches
13 Non-Conference Matches (From 10 Different Conferences)
16 OVC Matches
10 Home Matches
13 True Road Matches
6 Neutral Site Matches
5 Matches Versus NCAA Tournament Teams - Denver, Western Kentucky, Missouri State, Washington State, Murray State
Atlantic Sun (1) – USC Upstate
Big 10 (1) – Illinois
Colonial (2) – College of Charleston, Hofstra
Missouri Valley (1) – Missouri State
Pac-12 (1) – Washington State
SEC (1) – Alabama
Southern (1) – Furman
Southland (1) – New Orleans
The Summit Conference (1) – Denver
Conference USA (3) – Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Florida International
* NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS BOLD
Season Opener: Aug. 25 vs. Denver- TBA
Home Opener: Sept. 1 vs. Florida International – TBA
OVC Opener: Sept. 22 vs Eastern Kentucky – 6 p.m.
OVC Tournament: Nov. 16-18