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Razorbacks announce 2008 volleyball schedule

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks announce 2008 volleyball schedule

BARNHILL ARENA – University of Arkansas head coach Robert Pulliza announced the 2008 Razorback volleyball schedule today. Pulliza and the Razorbacks face nine NCAA Tournament teams, take part in three tournaments and host 13 home matches this year. Pulliza is ready to lead the Razorbacks through the demanding five-month battle. “I’m looking forward to both the pre-conference and SEC schedules,” said Pulliza. “Any time you can play nine teams who have been to the NCAA Tournament in the previous year, it makes for an exciting season. This is a good schedule that will test us at every turn and I’m excited to get out on the court and see what we can do.” Arkansas opens the year with three consecutive tournaments including its home event, the Arkansas Invitational. The Razorbacks travel to Colorado State for the Hilton Classic facing NCAA Tournament second round opponent and host CSU on the Rams home court. Arkansas also takes on Eastern Washington and Denver in the Aug. 29-30 event. The Razorbacks move on to the Georgia Tech/Regency Suites Classic in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 5-7. Arkansas opens play with Xavier who reached the first round of the postseason last year then meets Michigan who advanced to the third round. Also on the ducat are Georgia Tech and Georgia State both of whom the Razorbacks face on their home courts. Arkansas returns home hosting Tulsa on Sept. 10, before welcoming Lamar, Tennessee-Martin and Virginia Tech for tournament action at the Arkansas Invitational, Sept. 12-13, in Barnhill Arena. The tournament marks the close of non-conference matches as the Razorbacks begin a grueling 20-match Southeastern Conference schedule that stretches through Thanksgiving weekend. The Razorbacks open on the road at Auburn Sept. 19, followed by back-to-back home matches beginning with perennial powerhouse Florida who reached the NCAA Tournament third round last year. Arkansas also hosts South Carolina Sept. 28. October’s schedule features road matches at Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ole Miss and South Carolina as Pulliza returns to Lexington for the first time as a head coach. LSU and Kentucky are NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. The month’s home matches include Alabama, Mississippi State and Auburn, Oct, 10, 12 and 26, respectively. November is equally as busy are Arkansas makes its way through the league schedule for the second time. The Razorbacks open at Florida followed by home matches with Tennessee and Kentucky. Arkansas next travels to Mississippi State and Alabama, Nov. 14 and 16 in the final away SEC matches of the year. The regular season concludes with three home matches against LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss, Nov. 21, 23 and 29.
2008 Arkansas Volleyball Schedule

Day Date Opponent Site Time
Fri-.Sat. Aug. 29-30 Hilton Classic/Colorado St. Tournament Fort Collins, Colo. All Day
Friday, Aug. 29 vs. Colorado State 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30 vs. Eastern Washington 11 a.m.
vs. Denver 6 p.m.
Fri.- Sun. Sept. 5-7 Georgia Tech/Regency Suites Classic Atlanta, Ga. All Day
Friday, Sept. 5 vs. Georgia Tech 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6 vs. Xavier 10 a.m.
vs. Michigan 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 at Georgia State 11 a.m.
Wednesday Sept. 10 Tulsa FAYETTEVILLE 6 p.m.
Fri.- Sat. Sept. 12-13 Arkansas Invitational FAYETTEVILLE All Day
Friday, Sept. 12 Lamar vs. Tennessee-Martin Noon
Tennessee-Martin vs. Virginia Tech 5 p.m.
Arkansas vs. Lamar 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13 Arkansas vs. Tennessee-Martin Noon
Virginia Tech vs. Lamar 2 p.m.
Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 19 at Auburn* Auburn, Ala. 6 p.m.
Friday Sept. 26 FLORIDA* FAYETTEVILLE 7 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 28 SOUTH CAROLINA* FAYETTEVILLE 1:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 3 at Georgia* Athens, Ga. 6 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 5 at LSU* Baton Rouge, La. 1:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 10 ALABAMA* FAYETTEVILLE 7 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 12 MISSISSIPPI STATE* FAYETTEVILLE 1:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 17 at Kentucky* Lexington, Ky. 6 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 19 at Tennessee* Knoxville, Tenn. 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday Oct. 22 at Ole Miss* Oxford, Miss. 7 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 26 AUBURN* FAYETTEVILLE 1:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 31 at South Carolina* Columbia, S.C. 6 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 2 at Florida* Gainesville, Fla. 12:30 p.m.
Friday Nov. 7 TENNESSEE* FAYETTEVILLE 7 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 9 KENTUCKY* FAYETTEVILLE 1:30 p.m.
Friday Nov. 14 at Mississippi State* Starkville, Miss. 7 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 16 at Alabama* Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1:30 p.m.
Friday Nov. 21 LSU* FAYETTEVILLE 7 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 23 GEORGIA* FAYETTEVILLE 1:30 p.m.
Saturday Nov. 29 OLE MISS* FAYETTEVILLE 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 4-5/5-6/6-7 NCAA First/Second Rounds Campus Sites TBA
Dec. 11-12/12-13/13-14 NCAA Regionals TBD TBA
Dec. 18 and 20 NCAA Semifinals and Championship Omaha, Neb. TBA

*Denotes SEC opponent || All times Central



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