FAYETTEVILLE – The 2012 Southeastern Conference volleyball schedule was released Wednesday by the league office. The University of Arkansas volleyball team will play 20 conference matches-10 home and 10 away-and begin its SEC schedule Sept. 14 at Barnhill Arena against Florida. The Razorbacks’ home finale is set for Nov. 18 against Ole Miss.
Arkansas’ conference schedule features nine matches against the SEC’s five teams-Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M-that advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Including the SEC opener against the Gators, five of those contests will be played at Barnhill Arena with the Razorbacks hosting Texas A&M on Oct. 12, Tennessee on Oct. 14, Missouri on Oct. 28 and Kentucky on Nov. 11.
The remaining dates on Arkansas’ home SEC schedule include Auburn on Sept. 28, LSU on Sept. 30, Alabama on Oct. 26, Georgia on Nov. 16 and Ole Miss on Nov. 18.
With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the conference schedule was formatted so that each program has eight teams to play twice and four teams to play just once. The Razorbacks will play Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina once during the 2012 season.
Arkansas’ 18 overall wins and 10 conference wins in 2011 were program highs under fourth-year head coach Robert Pulliza. The team finished second in the SEC Western Division, its highest conference finish since tying for the division title in 2005. The Razorbacks’ 18 wins represented the most for the team since the 2005 season, while the 10 SEC wins were the most since the conference moved to the double round-robin format.
In preparation for the upcoming campaign, Arkansas begins its spring season April 7 at Kansas. The four-date spring schedule will include two matches at Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks will host Tulsa on April 11 and close out the spring with an April 28 home match against Missouri State.
All match times are still to be determined and will be announced at a later date. For more information regarding Razorback volleyball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Download: 2012 SEC Volleyball Schedule.pdf