volleyball announces 2004 schedule
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FAYETTEVILLE -- Sixteen Southeastern Conference
matches including a home-and-home with Eastern Division rival Florida
highlight the 2004 University of Arkansas volleyball schedule, head coach
Chris Poole announced Tuesday.
An expanded SEC schedule for the 2004 season
provides a new format for everyone in the league. Arkansas plays each
of the 11 SEC volleyball teams this season, plus home-and-home with four
of the five Western Division opponents. In addition, Arkansas gets home-and-home
with two Eastern Division foes. This season, Arkansas plays Florida and
In addition to the new SEC format, the overall
schedule is strong as Arkansas faces eight teams from last year's NCAA
Tournament including national runner-up Florida. The Lady Razorbacks also
meet NCAA Regional team Illinois, NCAA second round participants Pacific
and Kansas and first-rounders Valparaiso, Michigan State, Santa Clara
and Southwest Missouri State.
"I am really excited about the schedule this
fall," said Poole. "All of our non-conference matches are against teams
that were very successful in 2003. We will be tested early with our first
three matches against NCAA Tournament teams and hope that our players
will return in August in shape and ready to battle.."
Arkansas opens the season with a home match
against Kansas Sept. 1, in Barnhill Arena. The Lady Razorbacks travel
on back-to-back weekends with matches at Santa Clara and Wichita State
followed by their home tournament Sept. 17-18.
Arkansas opens SEC play hosting Florida and
Georgia Sept. 24 and 26, respectively followed by home matches with Mississippi
and Mississippi State to open October.
"The conference season will be one of the
most challenging we have ever had," said Poole. "Most of the teams have
a lot of talent returning and the bottom of the conference had their most
successful recruiting season in the history of their programs. Florida
will still be the team to beat at the top, but I believe you will see
most of the conference battling in every match."
The Lady Razorbacks have four in a row on
the road traveling to Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Florida before hosting
Kentucky and non-conference Valparaiso, Oct. 22 and 24. The Lady'Backs
return to SEC play at LSU and close the month with home matches against
Alabama and Auburn.
November opens with Oral Roberts in Barnhill
on the second followed by a trip to Tennessee and South Carolina the following
weekend. Arkansas hosts LSU Nov. 12, travels to Mississippi State Nov.
14 and hosts Southwest Missouri Nov. 16 wrapping up the regular season.
The Lady Razorbacks hope to be among the top
eight teams in the SEC and reach the conference tournament Nov. 19-21
in Gainesville, Fla. Arkansas concludes the regular season with a trip
to Fort Worth, Texas, meeting Texas Christian and Southern Methodist in
a final tune-up before the NCAA Tournament.
Forms for renewals for season ticket holders
for the upcoming season are available by contacting the Lady Razorback
Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or 87-LADYBACK. Season ticket sales for the
general public open in mid-July. Tickets for single games will also available
on line at www.ladybacks.com as the season approaches.