Volleyball Releases 2010 Schedule
June 10, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - After hosting just eight matches at Minges Coliseum last season, the East Carolina volleyball team will enjoy 13 appearances at home as part of its 2010 schedule, announced by school officials Thursday. The slate also features the return of the East Carolina Classic and the elimination of the Conference USA Tournament.
The Pirates serve up the season in Greenville, welcoming Charlotte, 2009 Horizon League regular season champion Cleveland State and Liberty for the East Carolina Classic. ECU begins the tournament against the in-state rival 49ers Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. before completing the event Saturday.
East Carolina's non-conference schedule also includes tournaments at Delaware, Georgetown and Wake Forest. Binghamton, whom the Pirates will battle while in Washington, D.C., advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2009 America East Tournament title.
Second-year head coach Pati Rolf leads her five returners and eight newcomers into C-USA play Saturday, Sept. 25 when ECU hosts UTEP. The Pirates and Miners will also play the following afternoon. Due to the elimination of the league tournament, conference squads now must navigate a 20-match slate after which the regular season champion receives C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
East Carolina will also welcome Memphis, SMU, Tulsa, Rice, Houston, Southern Miss, Tulane and Marshall to Greenville while traveling to UAB, UCF and making the return trip to the other institutions.
The 2010 NCAA Tournament first and second rounds are scheduled for Dec. 2-5 at various sites around the nation while the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., hosts the Final Four two weeks later.