Volleyball Reveals 2011 Schedule

by Matt Dunaway
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Volleyball Reveals 2011 Schedule

BATON ROUGE – The six-time defending SEC Western Division champion LSU volleyball team announced its 2011 schedule Thursday highlighted by 12 matches versus 2010 NCAA Tournament foes.

LSU is scheduled to play 14 matches inside the Maravich Center where the Tigers have posted a dominating 62-10 record since the 2005 season.

The Tiger Classic features Alcorn State (Aug. 26), Louisiana-Lafayette (Aug. 26), Jacksonville State (Aug. 27) and NCAA Tournament participant Miami, Fla. (Aug. 27). The last time LSU opened its season at home was in 2007.

“We’re extremely thrilled to be the first team to start the 2011-12 LSU athletic season at home,” head coach Fran Flory said. “Our young team led by All-SEC performers Desiree Elliott and Michele Williams will play an up-tempo, exciting brand of volleyball. This group is looking forward to the opportunity to uphold LSU volleyball’s championship tradition. We still have a lot of work to do before taking the floor on August 26, but it will be exciting to see how this group develops.”

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Before entering SEC action, LSU hits the road for back-to-back tournaments hosted by New Mexico State and Western Kentucky. The Tigers square off with Arkansas-Little Rock (Sept. 2), Grambling (Sept. 2) and New Mexico State (Sept. 3) before taking on Wake Forest (Sept. 9), Xavier (Sept. 9) and NCAA participant Western Kentucky (Sept. 10).

The SEC schedule will have a home-and-home series with each league school in leau of a conference tournament for the sixth straight season.

LSU heads to Ole Miss (Sept. 16) and Alabama (Sept. 18) for SEC opening weekend. The Tigers open a three-match home stand as Mississippi State (Sept. 25) along with NCAA participants Tennessee (Sept. 30) and Kentucky (Oct. 2) visit the PMAC.

LSU also faces Georgia (Oct. 14), NCAA Second Round foe Auburn (Oct. 16), Alabama (Oct. 21), NCAA participant Ole Miss (Oct. 23), NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Florida (Nov. 11), South Carolina (Nov. 13) and Arkansas (Nov. 26) at home.

“The SEC made a statement by sending six teams to the NCAA’s last season,” Flory said. “We know that any team can win on any given day. Each team has talented players, and the coaches in this league challenge you to be ready every single match.” 

LSU heads into the 2011 campaign as one of only 18 programs nationally to qualify for the last six NCAA Tournaments.

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