TCU Volleyball announces 2008 schedule
March 7, 2008
FORT WORTH, Texas - Coming off one of their most successful seasons in school history, the TCU Horned Frog volleyball team is set for another run in 2008. The schedule features four tournaments and 16 Mountain West matches, the 4th ranked conference in 2007. Always looking for variety in terms of competition and travel, the Frogs will play five matches against schools from BCS conferences, including three Big XII members.
"I always like to put together a balanced schedule and I feel this one is no different," remarked Head Coach Prentice Lewis. "We will face five schools from BCS conferences in non-conference play which should give us a good idea of where we are prior to Mountain West competition. In total, we will play 10 matches against schools that finished in the top 40 in the RPI last season."
TCU will host a four-team tournament to open the season as part of 12 home matches. August 24 marks the start date to the season as the Frogs host UMKC, Louisiana Tech and Belmont in the first of four regular-season tournaments.
TCU follows the home tournament with a midweek affair against Texas Southern on Sept. 2. at the University Rec Center.
Following the four-match home stand to open the season, the Frogs will hit the road for seven straight. First up will be another four-team tournament at UT-Pan American that features the host school, South Dakota State and Prairie View A&M.
Another midweek match, this time against cross-town rival UT-Arlington, is slated for Sept. 10 after which the Frogs will head west to Lubbock, Texas for their second straight road tournament. The Texas Tech tourney will feature more talented squads as McNeese State and New Orleans will round out the four participants.
A Wednesday home match against New Mexico on Sept. 17 marks the start of the Frogs fourth season in the Mountain West Conference.
TCU will wrap up tournament play for the 2008 campaign the following weekend when it heads north to take part in a tourney hosted by Minnesota. The Frogs will play the host school to open tournament play and wrap it up with Saturday matches against North Carolina and Winthrop.
The Frogs will hit their stride in conference play beginning Sept. 25 as they open a stretch of 13 straight conference matches. It begins with a two-match swing at UNLV on the 25th and at San Diego State on Sept. 27.
TCU returns home for two matches Oct. 2 and 4 against perennial league powers, Utah and BYU.
Another duo of road games follow as the Frogs head to Fort Collins for a date with defending league champions, Colorado State on Oct. 9. A meeting with Wyoming awaits on Oct. 11.
A three-match home stand commences on Oct. 16 when the Frogs host Air Force to complete the first half of conference play. They will take on San Diego State on Oct. 23 to open up the second half of conference action before wrapping up the home stand on Oct. 25 against UNLV.
The Frogs will play six of their final eight games on the road beginning Oct. 30 at BYU. They open up November with a date with Utah in Salt Lake City.
TCU's final home stand comes on Nov. 6 as it hosts Wyoming followed by the final home match against Colorado State on Nov. 8.
A break from conference play comes on Nov. 11 as the Frogs head south to Waco for a rematch with the Baylor Bears.
Conference play comes to a close the weekend of Nov. 15 when the Frogs head to Colorado for a date with Air Force. A meeting with New Mexico on Nov. 21 will bring the conference season to conclusion.
The Frogs final match of the 2008 campaign comes Nov. 29 at Oklahoma.