USC Announces 2013 Women's Volleyball Schedule
June 17, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The USC women's volleyball team unveiled its 2013 schedule on Monday, June 17, with 18 matches set for live television broadcast. The Women of Troy will have six national television appearances (12 regional), this fall, and are part of an incredible slate of 93 Pac-12 matches scheduled for broadcast. The Trojans will also have two matches shown on national ESPNU broadcasts: their home opener against UC Irvine (Sept. 18 - 7 p.m.) and the conference opener against UCLA (Sept. 25 - 7 p.m.).
"I think the Pac-12 has done an amazing job of putting women's volleyball on television," said head coach Mick Haley. "No other conference has come close to this kind of coverage, so we're thrilled. I believe every school has between 15 and 18 television opportunities. It is the best thing happening in our sport, right now. It's so important and so exciting."
USC will play each of its three non-conference tournaments away from home and opens the season at the Mortar Board Premiere hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The Trojans play the host Boilermakers at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 30. USC will also face Western Kentucky and Alabama A&M at Purdue's Holloway Gymnasium.
The following weekend, the Women of Troy will head to Milwaukee, Wis., to face TCU (1 p.m. CT) and host Marquette (7 p.m. CT) in the Marquette Challenge on Friday, Sept. 6. USC will also head to DeKalb, Ill., for an unattached match against Northern Illinois on Sept. 7.
The Trojans will play their only West Coast pre-conference tournament in San Diego as part of the USD Tournament hosted by the University of San Diego (Sept. 13-14). USC takes on the Toreros on Friday evening and will draw Eastern Washington and UC Santa Barbara in two other matches on Saturday.
"Our schedule is very tough," said Haley. "We accept that because it's tough early. We travel the first three weekends before we come home to play and people should be very excited to come see us. Our first match with UC Irvine is nationally televised. From there, we move right into our home conference opener against UCLA and then Stanford and Cal come to visit the next weekend. That hard start of a schedule gets us home for a couple of weeks."
USC will open its home schedule as Galen Center hosts the Anteaters in a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday (Sept. 18) with a national ESPNU audience. The Trojans close the non-conference schedule with a Friday (Sept. 20) date against Cal State Fullerton.
The Trojans' other national ESPNU broadcast will kick off the Pac-12 schedule as crosstown rival UCLA visit Galen Center for a Wednesday bout (Sept. 25) at 7 p.m. The September portion of the schedule concludes as USC plays its first league road match at Utah on Sept. 29 at the Jon Huntsman Center. The match will be the Trojans' first of the season on the Pac-12 Networks.
Bay Area foes Stanford (Oct. 4) and California (Oct. 6) will come to LA for matches to open up October. USC's match against the Cardinal is scheduled for a Pac-12 Networks national broadcast. From there, the Trojans hit the road for two straight weekends and will be in Oregon (Oct. 11 and 13) and in Arizona (Oct. 18 and 20). Each match will be regionally broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with USC's match against Arizona State on Oct. 18 set for a national audience out of the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
Washington State (Oct. 25) and Washington (Oct. 27) visit Galen Center to conclude the first round of conference matches for USC. The Trojan-Husky matchup will be carried nationally on the Pac-12 Networks.
"October is very, very tough on us," said Haley. "We have to travel during midterms and we'll have two weeks, back-to-back, where we're in Oregon and then in Arizona. That will be tough but by the time we get to November, we're home a lot. I think for the most part, fans are going to see some great matches. All across the country, people are going to get to see our conference play, which is special. We have some of the best athletes and coaches in the country in the Pac-12 conference. All of the television exposure is going to be a tremendous upgrade for the women's collegiate game."
USC will travel to the Bay Area (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) and will host Oregon and Oregon State to start the month of November. Matches at Washington and WSU take place mid-month, but USC will play its final four matches in Los Angeles starting with Arizona (Nov. 22) and ASU (Nov. 24) coming to town. The Trojans head to Westwood for their final Pac-12 Networks match against UCLA on Nov. 27 and will celebrate seniors Natalie Hagglund, Alexis Olgard, and Sara Shaw on Senior Day (Nov. 29) when Colorado visits the Galen Center.
The Galen Center will play host to one of four NCAA regional championships this December (13-14). First and second round matches will be played at campus sites to be determined later (Dec. 5-7). The NCAA championship will be hosted by the University of Washington and the Seattle Sports Commission at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash., (Dec. 19-21). Please visit www.NCAA.com for more information.