MIAMI (July 13, 2012) - Head Coach Trevor Theroulde has announced the 2012 FIU volleyball schedule, a slate which features eight matches against six 2011 NCAA Tournament participants and eight home contests to be played at U.S. Century Bank Arena.
The Panthers will open the 2012 campaign at the Campus USA Credit Union Invite hosted by Florida in Gainesville, Fla. FIU will face 2011 NCAA Elite Eight participant Florida in its season-opener on Aug. 24, before going up against two more Florida schools in Florida Gulf Coast and Florida A&M on Aug. 25.
FIU will then travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for the FSU Volleyball Invitational where the Panthers will take on Georgia and 2011 Final Four participant and host Florida State on Aug. 31, and then face Florida A&M for the second time in one week on Sept. 1.
On Sept. 7-8, FIU leaves its home state for the first time when the Panthers head west to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Rams Volleyball Classic hosted by Colorado State. FIU will open the tournament versus New Mexico State on Sept. 7 before going up against the host Rams and Pepperdine on Sept. 8. Both CSU and Pepperdine competed in last season's NCAA Tournament, as the Rams reached the second round and the Waves advanced to the Elite Eight.
The following weekend, FIU will compete in its last tournament of the season as the Panthers travel to Tampa, Fla., for the USF Tournament. On Sept. 15, FIU will go up against Bethune-Cookman and James Madison, before the Panthers face the host USF Bulls on Sept. 16.
FIU will host UALR in its home opener on Sept. 21 as the Panthers begin Sun Belt Conference play in the friendly confines of U.S. Century Bank Arena. On Sept. 23, FIU remains at home for a league matchup with 2011 SBC West Division Regular Season Champion Arkansas State, before the Panthers hit the road for three-straight SBC contests - at Troy (Sept. 28 in Troy, Ala.), at South Alabama (Sept. 30 in Mobile, Ala.), and at Florida Atlantic (Oct. 3 in Boca Raton, Fla).
The Panthers return to Miami on Oct. 5 to host league foe Louisiana, and then embark on a four-match SBC road trip. On Oct. 12, FIU travels to Bowling Green, Ky., for a matchup with reigning SBC East Division and SBC Tournament Champion WKU, before making the short trip to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for a contest with Middle Tennessee on Oct. 13. The following weekend, the Panthers are set to face North Texas (Oct. 19) and ULM (Oct. 21) in Denton, Texas, and Monroe, La., respectively.
FIU closes out the month of October at home with re-matches against conference rivals and 2011 NCAA Tournament participants WKU (Sept. 26) and Middle Tennessee (Sept. 28), before hosting SBC and local rival Florida Atlantic to kick off the month of November (Nov. 3). The Panthers will then travel to Ft. Myers, Fla., for an out-of-conference contest with Florida Gulf Coast (Nov. 6), and return home to host a pair of league foes - Troy (Nov. 9) and South Alabama (Nov. 10) - as the contest against the Jaguars marks the final home match of the season.
The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Championship is slated for Nov. 15-17 in Bowling Green, Ky., and will be hosted by defending tournament champion WKU at E.A. Diddle Arena.
FIU will close out its schedule with a non-conference match at UCF, as the Panthers take on the Knights in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 24.
The 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will begin at campus sites to be determined from Nov. 29-Dec. 2, with regional action set for Nov. 6-9, also at campus sites to be announced. The NCAA Final Four will take place on Dec. 13 & 15 at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls nearly 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
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