By: Times Staff Report
May 14, 2013
MOREHEAD – Sixteen home matches, including two tournaments, and contests against three NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2013 Morehead State University volleyball schedule.
The Eagles will once again host the Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational and Eagle Challenge and participate in events at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The Eagles will face NCAA tournament non-conference foes Tennessee and Kentucky this season. All start times will be announced at a later date.
Morehead State is the three-time defending Ohio Valley Conference regular season champions and has won 52 of its last 54 OVC regular season matches, including 23 straight league road matches. The Eagles won a nation-best 24 consecutive matches in 2012 and have only lost one OVC regular-season home match in the last three seasons.
“Once again, I believe we have put together a strong schedule with a wide variety of non-conference teams that will present unique challenges,” Head Coach Jaime Gordon said. “We also have an attractive home schedule with some quality programs that our fans will enjoy.”
The Eagles are set to open the ledger at Cincinnati’s tournament on Aug. 30-31. MSU will face Butler, Tennessee and the host Bearcats.
The 2013 home opener is set for Sept. 4 against regional rival Marshall. Back-to-back home tournaments follow with the Eagles welcoming Saint Louis, IUPUI and Montana State on Sept. 6-7 for the Comfort Inn and Suites Invitational. West Virginia, Hampton and Campbell will travel to MSU for the Eagle Challenge on Sept. 13-14. Campbell is led by former MSU Associate Head Coach Greg Goral in his first collegiate head coaching stint.
The Eagles are scheduled to face Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Cornell at Pitt’s tournament on Sept. 20-21. The remaining two non-conference matches are at Kentucky (Sept. 23) and versus Xavier (Oct. 8).
MSU opens the league schedule at defending conference tournament champion Belmont (Sept. 27) and concludes against Austin Peay at home (Nov. 16). In between, the Eagles will host seven OVC foes and travel to seven conference matchups. A five-match homestand begins with the Xavier contest and continues through the Tennessee Tech match on Oct. 19. Three of the Eagles’ final four OVC matches are set to be played in Wetherby Gym.
The league tournament is set for Nov. 21-23 at the site of the top-seeded team. MSU has hosted three straight OVC Tournaments.
“One of our goals is always to win the OVC regular season championship and have the privilege of hosting the tournament,” Gordon said. “We have been fortunate to accomplish that goal the last three seasons, but it is not easy. Every OVC team is capable of winning on any night. We have to be ready to play and never overlook anyone. Our fans are important to our success at home too, and we look forward to providing them with another exciting season this fall.”