USC Upstate Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

USC Upstate Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

2018 Schedule

Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate head volleyball coach Jennifer Calloway has announced today that the Spartans will play a 31-game schedule for the upcoming 2018 campaign including 11 scheduled inside the G.B. Hodge Center.

"We sought opponents to grow and challenge our team in preseason to prepare us for the competitive Big South schedule," said Calloway, who is entering her 23rd season in Spartanburg.

For the fifth consecutive season, USC Upstate starts the year with four road tournaments. The Spartans open the year Aug. 24-25 with the Charlotte Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. followed by the Golden Eagle Invitational in Cookeville, Tenn. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Following its home opener on Sept. 5 against North Carolina A&T, USC Upstate hits the road for the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. Sept. 7-8. The Spartans close out tournament play Sept. 14-15 at the GATA Challenge in Statesboro, Ga.

USC Upstate officially begins its first season in the Big South Conference with two straight home matches against High Point on Sept. 18 and Radford on Sept. 22. The Spartans remain at home on Sept. 26 for a non-conference match with South Carolina State. USC Upstate closes out the month of September with two conference road matches at Hampton (Sept. 28) and Campbell (Sept. 29).

The Spartans are scheduled to play five of its nine matches in the month of October at home starting Oct. 5-6 against Winthrop and Gardner-Webb, and then hosts UNC Asheville on Oct. 9. After traveling to High Point on Oct. 12 and Presbyterian College on Oct. 16, USC Upstate returns to Spartanburg for a pair of matches versus Charleston Southern (Oct. 20) and Limestone (Oct. 23). The Spartans wrap up the month on the road Oct. 26-27 against Gardner-Webb and Winthrop.

USC Upstate is scheduled for four regular season matches in November to close out the season. The Spartans play their final two home matches Nov. 2-3 against Campbell and Hampton before concluding the season at UNC Asheville (Nov. 6) and Radford (Nov. 9).

"I am excited about competing in the Big South," added Calloway. "They sent two teams to the NCAA Tournament last year which is a pretty big deal. We know the conference is tough but we are optimistic and know our student-athletes are ready both mentally and physically to take on a new challenge."

The 2018 Big South Volleyball Championship will be held Nov. 16-18 in Asheville, N.C. and is being hosted by UNC Asheville.

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