July 15, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU volleyball program announced its 2014 schedule today, which features three NCAA Tournament teams from last season. The Mustangs will host Oklahoma in a tournament on Sept. 6, while College of Charleston will compete in the second tournament of the season in Moody Coliseum on Sept. 19. SMU will also face Arkansas in its tournament on Sept. 13. Fans can get a preview of the 2014 volleyball team during the Red-Blue Scrimmage in Moody Coliseum Aug. 20 at 5 p.m.
The Mustangs begin the season with the first of four tournaments before the start of conference play at the San Francisco Invite Aug. 29 and 30. SMU will compete against host San Francisco, Georgia and Fordham before returning home to host the first of two tournaments in Moody Coliseum.
SMU will face Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Texas Southern on Parent's Weekend Sept. 5 and 6, and will take on College of Charleston, Houston Baptist and New Mexico on Sept. 19 and 20. In between the two home tournaments, the Mustangs will travel to Arkansas to battle the Razorbacks, Stoney Brook and South Dakota on Sept. 12 and 13.
Road matches at Cincinnati (Oct. 3) and Memphis (Oct. 5) will mark the start of play in the American Athletic Conference. During the first home conference match on Oct. 10 against Houston, SMU will participate in the Dig Pink campaign, an initiative to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research, benefitting the Side-Out Foundation.
The Mustangs will play home and away matches against all 10 conference opponents (Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa, UCF and USF) during October and November. SMU will celebrate Senior Night before its final home match of the regular season on Nov. 26 against Tulsa, and the regular season will conclude Nov. 28 at East Carolina.
Last season, American Athletic Conference Setter of the Year Avery Acker led the Mustangs to a 22-9 record and a second-place finish in The American during the league's inaugural season. The sophomore also was named AVCA All-America honorable mention, All-Region honorable mention and earned a first team all-conference selection. She finished the season with a league-best 11.56 assists per set in conference matches, and ranked 25th in the NCAA with 11.21 per set overall.
SMU, which won 10 of its last 11 matches, had a total of five All-American Athletic Conference selections, with Caroline Young and freshman middle blocker Janelle Giordano joining Acker on the first team. Sophomore outside hitters Cailin Bula and Abbey Bybel were selected to the second team.
The Mustangs return all five all-conference award winners, as well as libero Morgan Heise, who recorded 406 digs and 111 assists as a freshman. SMU loses just two seniors in middle blockers Maddie Lozano and Caroline Daly. Lozano had a team-high 121 blocks while serving as a team captain. Daly had 18 blocks and 12 kills in 16 sets played.
2014 SMU Volleyball Schedule
Wed., Aug. 20 Red-Blue Scrimmage 5 p.m.
San Francisco Tournament San Francisco, Calif.
Fri., Aug. 29 at San Francisco 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 30 vs. Georgia 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 30 vs. Fordham 7 p.m.
SMU Invite Dallas, Texas
Fri., Sept. 5 Oklahoma vs. Texas Southern 4 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 5 Georgia Tech 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 6 Oklahoma vs. Georgia Tech 10 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 6 Texas Southern 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 6 Georgia Tech vs. Texas Southern 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 6 Oklahoma 7 p.m.
Arkansas Tournament Fayetteville, Ark.
Fri., Sept. 12 vs. Stony Brook 4 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 13 vs. South Dakota 1 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 13 at Arkansas 7 p.m.
SMU Invite Dallas, Texas
Fri., Sept. 19 New Mexico vs. College of Charleston 10 a.m.
Fri., Sept. 19 Houston Baptist 12:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 19 New Mexico vs. Houston Baptist 4 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 19 College of Charleston 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 20 Houston Baptist vs. College of Charleston 12 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 20 New Mexico 2:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26 UCF* Moody Coliseum 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28 South Florida* Moody Coliseum 1 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 3 at Cincinnati* Cincinnati, Ohio 6 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 5 at Memphis* Memphis, Tenn. 2 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 10 Houston* Moody Coliseum 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 12 Tulane* Moody Coliseum 1 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 15 at Tulsa* Tulsa, Oklahoma 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 19 ECU* Moody Coliseum 1 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 24 at Temple* Philadelphia, Penn. 6 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 26 at Connecticut* Storrs, Conn. 12 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 31 at Tulane* New Orleans, La. 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 2 at Houston* Houston, Texas 1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 7 Memphis* Moody Coliseum 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 9 Cincinnati* Moody Coliseum 1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 14 at South Florida* Tampa, Fla. 6 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 16 at UCF* Orlando, Fla. 1 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 21 Connecticut* Moody Coliseum 7 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 23 Temple* Moody Coliseum 1 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 26 Tulsa* Moody Coliseum 2 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 28 at ECU* Greenville, NC. 1 p.m.
*-conference match; All times CT; Home matches in Bold