GW Volleyball Announces 2012 Schedule
Colonials to Face Four NCAA Tournament Teams
July 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington volleyball team will host 11 matches at the Charles E. Smith Center, participate in a quartet of early season tournaments and face four NCAA Tournament teams as part of its 28-match 2012 schedule, second-year head coach Amanda Ault has announced.
GW returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from a team that finished 20-10 overall in 2011 and returned to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2009.
"Our goal is to win the Atlantic 10 Championship this year and ultimately advance to the NCAA Tournament," said Coach Ault. "In order to reach our goals, we have put together a tough non-conference schedule that features four tournaments and matches against three NCAA Tournament teams in Purdue, Northern Iowa and Tennessee."
The Colonials will open the season at the Purdue Invitational on Aug. 24 and 25 with matches against Pittsburgh, Purdue and Northern Iowa. Both Purdue and Northern Iowa advanced to the NCAA Volleyball Championship last season. The Boilermakers made it to the third round of the tournament while the Panthers advanced to the second round. Additionally, both teams finished with a RPI that ranked in the top-10 of the end-of-season rankings.
Following the Purdue Invitational, the Colonials will head west to Laramie, Wyo., for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Aug. 31-Sept. 1. GW will face Florida Gulf Coast, Missouri and Bethune-Cookman in addition to the host Cowgirls.
GW will open its home schedule on Sept. 5 against UMBC for "Back to School Night". The Colonials finished 12-1 at Smith Center last season and boast a 34-10 mark on their home court over the past four seasons.
"Our incredible fans were a huge motivation for us and they played a big role in our 10-0 start last season," said Coach Ault. "We want to continue to build on the home-court advantage that propelled us to that extra gear last season."
The Colonials will then take the short trip to College Park, Md., to participate in the Maryland Invitational on Sept. 7 and 8 against a trio of major conference opponents. GW will face 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee (SEC) in addition to Boston College (ACC) and the host Terrapins (ACC).
The Colonials will defend their 2011 title at the annual George Washington/NIKE Invitational on Sept. 14 and 15. GW will play four matches over the course of the weekend against Princeton, New Hampshire and BYU.
GW will remain home to open Atlantic 10 Conference play on Sept. 21 against Charlotte for "90s Theme Night." The Colonials will then host A-10 newcomer VCU on Sept. 22 for "Camper Reunion/Kids Day."
Following the match against VCU, the Colonials will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to face another A-10 newcomer in Butler on Sept. 28 before visiting Saint Louis on Sept. 29.
GW returns home for a trio of A-10 matches in early October. The Colonials will welcome Duquesne for Alumnae Night on Oct. 5, La Salle on Oct. 12 and Temple on Oct. 14 for the annual Dig Pink Match.
Following the home stand, the Colonials will embark on a difficult four-game road swing with a return visit to VCU on Oct. 14, Charlotte on Oct. 20, defending A-10 Champion and NCAA Tournament participant Dayton on Oct. 26 and Xavier on Oct. 27.
GW will conclude its home schedule with the Get Buff Match against Fordham on Nov. 2 and a Senior Day tilt against Rhode Island on Nov. 4. The Colonials will close out the regular season at Duquesne on Nov. 10.
The Atlantic 10 Championship will be held at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center Nov. 16-18. Last season, the Colonials fell to the Dukes in the first round of the A-10 Championship in Dayton, Ohio.