STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State’s 2013 volleyball schedule features 17 home matches and two early-season tournaments at MSU’s Newell-Grissom Building, State head volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs are set to play 14 non-conference matches before embarking on a run of 18 matches in Southeastern Conference play.
“We’re looking forward to the start of preseason practice next month and excited about our 32-match schedule this fall,” said Hazelwood, set to begin her fifth season as MSU head volleyball coach. “With 10 talented newcomers on our team, it’s beneficial that we play eight of our first 11 matches on the home court. The players are excited about putting on the Bulldog jersey and representing Mississippi State University and I know they will be so much fun to watch.”
Mississippi State launches its 39th season of volleyball Aug. 30-31 hosting Southeast Missouri State and Arkansas-Little Rock in the two-day, double round-robin Maroon Classic at the Newell-Grissom Building. MSU then travels to Waco, Texas, Sept. 6-7 to meet UT-Arlington, Tulsa and tournament-host Baylor in the Baylor Classic.
State welcomes first-time foes Niagara and Wofford to Starkville Sept. 13-14 for the Bulldog Invitational before closing out its 2013 non-conference slate in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 20-21 in the Belmont Bruin Classic against Arkansas State, UAB, and host Belmont.
The Southeastern Conference has adopted a new 18-match league scheduling format for volleyball in 2013. Mississippi State hosts SEC-foes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. State’s nine league road matches include visits to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M.