Las Cruces, NM — New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the 2013 volleyball schedule that features 16 home matches, a home tournament and a trip to Honolulu. The 2013 season starts with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 24 before the regular season starts, Aug. 30 at a tournament hosted by California.
The 16 matches at home are the second most ever played in Las Cruces, but is the highest number of matches played in the Pan American Center. There were 17 home matches in 2006, although the majority of those matches were played in the Las Cruces High School Gym.
NM State warm up for the season with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 24 in the Pan Am Center then immediately heads out on the road playing in two different tournaments. Two of the six teams the Aggies play in those two weeks finished in the top 15 nationally in 2012 according to the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
The Aggies start with the California Golden Bears Tournament in Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 30-31 with a season-opening match with Nevada, formerly a WAC foe, on Aug. 30. NM State then plays two matches on Aug. 31 taking on host team California first. The Golden Bears reached the NCAA Tournament last year but fell to North Carolina in the first round. The Aggies conclude the tournament against UC Santa Barbara, which has a new head coach.
NM State heads to Honolulu, Hawai’i, Sept. 5-7 for the Rainbow Wahine Tournament. The Aggies open with Hawai’i on Sept. 5 before facing UCLA, Sept 6. Hawai’i finished the 2012 season ranked 11th nationally, while the Bruins finished 13th. The tournament on the islands wraps up with a match against Santa Clara, who is coming off a strong 2012 season after earning its 14th NCAA Tournament bid.
“It’s certainly going to be a challenging preseason. The front end of the schedule is pretty challenging with quite a few very good teams,” Jordan said. “Hopefully we’ll play well early and get some quality wins.”
NM State hosts a tournament on Sept. 13-14 with Southern Utah, Arkansas-Little Rock and Northern Illinois coming to town. Southern Utah is coached by former NM State assistant Debbie Baker.
“Playing at home the last two weeks of the preseason will be nice of course,” Jordan said. “It will give the fans plenty of opportunities to see what to expect heading into league play.”
The Aggies take on Utah in a single match, Sept. 19 before co-hosting a tournament with UTEP, Sept. 20-21. NM State will host Hampton on Sept. 20 in the Pan Am Center and South Dakota State, Sept. 21.
NM State opens the 2013 WAC season, Sept. 28 in Edinburg, Texas to face Texas-Pan American. The Aggies face Bakersfield in their first home-WAC match, Sept. 30 before Idaho playing Idaho, Oct. 5, and Seattle U, Oct. 6, in back-to-back league matches.
The 2013 WAC schedule also features Chicago State, UMKC, Utah Valley and Grand Canyon University, which are all new WAC teams. The 2013 WAC Tournament is set for Nov. 25-28 in Phoenix, Ariz.
“We get UNM (Nov.30) and UTEP (Nov. 12) at home and later in the year which is great for both the team and the fans,” Jordan said. “As for conference, I’m not sure any of us really know what to expect at this point. Idaho always has a competitive team, of course, and I know a few of the teams will be improved from last year.”
The complete 2013 NM State volleyball schedule can be found online at www.NMStateSports.com .
Date - Opponent - Location
Aug. 24 - NM State Alumni - Las Cruces, N.M.
California Golden Bears Tournament
Aug. 30 - Nevada - Berkeley, Calif.
Aug. 31 - California - Berkeley, Calif.
Aug. 31 - UC Santa Barbara - Berkeley, Calif.
Rainbow Wahine Tournament
Sept. 5 - Hawai'i - Honolulu, Hawai'i
Sept. 6 - UCLA - Honolulu, Hawai'i
Sept. 7 - Santa Clara - Honolulu, Hawai'i
NM State Tournament
Sept. 13 - Southern Utah - Las Cruces, N.M.
Sept. 13 - Arkansas-Little Rock - Las Cruces, N.M.
Sept. 14 Northern Illinois - Las Cruces, N.M.
Sept. 19 - Utah - Las Cruces, N.M.
NM State/UTEP Tournament
Sept. 20 - Hampton - Las Cruces, N.M.
Sept. 21 - South Dakota State - Las Cruces, N.M.
Sept. 28 - Texas Pan American* - Edinburg, Texas
Sept. 30 - Bakersfield* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Oct. 5 - Idaho* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Oct. 6 - Seattle U* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Oct. 10 - Chicago State* - Chicago, Ill.
Oct. 12 - UMKC * - Kansas City, Mo.
Oct. 17 - Bakersfield* - Bakersfield, Calif.
Oct. 19 - Utah Valley* - Orem, Utah
Oct. 24 - Grand Canyon University* - Phoenix, Ariz.
Oct. 26 - Texas Pan American* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Oct. 31 - Idaho* - Moscow, Idaho
Nov. 2 Seattle U* - Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 4 - Grand Canyon University* - Phoenix, Ariz.
Nov. 7 - Chicago State* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Nov. 9 - UMKC* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Nov 12. - UTEP - Las Cruces, N.M.
Nov. 21 - Utah Valley* - Las Cruces, N.M.
Nov. 25-28 - Phoenix, Ariz
Nov. 30 - New Mexico - Las Cruces, N.M.