Volleyball Announces 2011 Schedule
July 13, 2011
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Head Coach Chris Campbell and the Boston College volleyball team announced its 2011 schedule on Wednesday. The Eagles slate features seven teams that made the NCAA Tournament, three conference champions and five opponents BC has never taken the court against.
"This off-season we wanted to add matches against teams similar to the caliber we face in the ACC," Campbell said. "The ACC keeps getting better and we need to be prepared for the challenges we'll face during conference play. The ACC/SEC Challenge is an excellent example of that. It's a great event pitting teams from two of the NCAA's top volleyball conferences. Both Florida and Auburn were tournament teams last year, so this serves as clear and definite motivation for us during training camp."
Boston College will kick off the 2011 campaign by competing in its first-ever ACC/SEC Challenge, which is being hosted by the University of Florida. The Eagles will open the season against the Gators on Friday, August 26 at 7:30 p.m., before meeting Campbell's former team, the Auburn Tigers, the following day at 5:30 p.m. Reigning SEC Champion Florida was ranked in the top five for all but two weeks - including eight straight weeks at No. 1 - during the 2010 season and finished the year ranked No. 8 by the AVCA. Auburn is fresh off their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and will be led by a new coaching staff headed by Rick Nold.
BC then returns to New England for the Yale and Rhode Island Tournaments.
The Eagles will take on the defending Ivy League champion Bulldogs, Utah and Colgate in New Haven, Conn. beginning on Friday, September 2. Boston College last faced Yale and Colgate in 2008, while this will be the first meeting with Utah. The Utes finished third in the Mountain West in 2010 and begin their first season as part of the newly formed Pac-12 Conference. Colgate put together an 18-12 record to take third in the Patriot League last year.
BC then heads to Kingston, R.I. to meet Wisconsin, Columbia and URI in the Art Carmichael Invitational from Friday, September 2 to Saturday, September 3. The Eagles have never squared off against the Badgers or the Lions, while this will be the 13th meeting with Rhode Island.
The Eagles wrap up their tournament schedule with a trip to West Orange, N.J. for the Seton Hall Invitational. Boston College opens the contest against TCU, who is in its first year with the BIG EAST, on Friday, September, 16 at 1 p.m. Later that day, one of BC's oldest rivalries is renewed when the Eagle meet the Pirates at 6 p.m. BC closes out the tournament in its first-ever match against NJIT on Saturday, Sept. 17 at noon.
The ACC schedule will once again prove challenging for Boston College. The conference put five teams - Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech - into the postseason for the second consecutive year. Four won their opening game and reached the Round of 32, with the Blue Devils advancing to the Elite 8.
To open ACC play, Maryland will come to town on September 20. BC closed out the 2010 season with a dominate performance over the Terrapins. The match against Maryland comes on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and begins a five game home stand against NC State (Sept. 23), North Carolina (Sept. 25), Virginia Tech (Sept. 29) and Virginia (Oct. 2).
In its first ACC road match, BC heads to play Clemson on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m. The Eagles conclude the road trip at Georgia Tech, meeting the Yellow Jackets on Sunday, October 9 at 1 p.m.
Boston College then heads to the Tar Heel State for meetings with reigning ACC champion, Duke on Friday, October 14 at 4:30 and Wake Forest the following day.
BC returns home to take on Miami at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21 and Florida State on Sunday, October 23 at noon, before beginning round-robin play the following week.