Volleyball Announces '02 Schedule; UT Match Televised
BATON ROUGE — After one of the most successful LSU volleyball seasons in recent years, the 2002 team will play a 27-match regular-season schedule in search of a bid to the NCAA Tournament on the road the Final Four in New Orleans.
The Tigers will be looking to build on a fourth place finish in the Southeastern Conference last season when LSU finished with its best record in seven years and the third most conference wins in school history. Returning to help the team do so are three starters and the team’s top defensive specialist, led by second-team All-SEC selections Lauren Cuyler and Jennifer Hampton.
For the second-straight season, the Tigers will be one of only four teams in the league to host a televised match. The first SEC-TV volleyball match of the year will feature LSU as the Tigers host Tennessee on Sept. 27 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 7 p.m. The match will be televised tape-delayed on Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest in Baton Rouge.
The season begins at 1 p.m. on Aug. 30 in College Station, Texas, as LSU travels to the three-day Texas A&M Invitational. The Tigers will face Texas-San Antonio, Alcorn State and Texas A&M as part of the event.
LSU then travels to New Orleans on Sept. 6 to take part in the Sugar Bowl Classic on the campus of Tulane University. The Tigers will face Louisiana Tech, UNO and Tulane as part of the two-day tournament.
The first home match of the season is on Sept. 13 as LSU takes on Florida A&M. The Tigers then hit the road again on Sept. 20 for the Florida State Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. to face Brown, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida State. The only remaining non-conference match of the season is against UNO in New Orleans Arena.
LSU opens Southeastern Conference action on Sept. 25 against Arkansas. The Tigers will also host SEC rivals Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn and Alabama.
In addition, LSU will face Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee on the road in conference play.
The 2002 SEC Tournament will be held Nov. 22-24 in Fayetteville, Ark. The NCAA Tournament selection show is Dec. 1 and play will begin on Dec. 5 at campus sites.