2016 Full Schedule (.HTML)
STORRS, Conn. – On Thursday, UConn volleyball head coach Kris Grunwald announced the 2016 team schedule. The Huskies’ 32-match slate includes 20 American Athletic Conference tilts and 12 non-conference matches that span over four in-season tournaments.
Connecticut enters its fourth season in The American after putting together a 16-15 overall record in 2015. The squad’s schedule features 13 matches at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, including a regular season tournament. UConn collected victories in 10 of 14 home matches a season ago and owns a 40-28 (.588) mark on its home floor since the start of the 2011 campaign. The program boasted two All-Conference selections after Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) and Jade Strawberry (Tallahassee, Fla) earned the honor following the conclusion of the regular season.
Connecticut kicks off the 2016 season at the Syracuse Invitational with three matches on Aug. 26-27. The Huskies will challenge the Orange, Colgate, and an undetermined opponent during the two-day stretch. An updated tournament schedule will be posted when it becomes available.
Next up, the Huskies head south to compete at the LSU Tiger Classic on Sept. 2-3 in Baton Rouge, La. The Huskies will square off against the Tigers for the first time since 1997 on Sept. 2 before rounding out the weekend with neutral-court contests vs. Southern Mississippi and Virginia.
The team returns to Storrs for its home opener on Sept. 9 when it kicks off the second-annual Dog Pound Challenge at Gampel. UConn opens tournament play with a pair of matches against Loyal and Yale on Sept. 9 before rounding out the weekend slate on Sept. 10 vs. St. Francis. For more information on last season’s dog pound challenge, including vaccination clinics and local animal rescue contact info, please CLICK HERE.
The Huskies conclude regular season tournament action on Sept. 16-17 at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y. After a Friday morning match against Albany, the team will a 7-5 all-time mark vs. Army into a tilt with the Black Knights before wrapping up action on Sept. 17 against St. John’s.
UConn, which finished 10-10 in The American in 2015, opens league play with three-straight home matches against Houston (Sept. 23), Tulane (Sept. 25) and Temple (Sept. 28). Connecticut swept the season-series with the Green Wave in 2015 and split both series with the Owls and Cougars in Grunwald’s second season in Storrs.
After three consecutive road matches that span over two weekends against Memphis (Sept. 430), SMU (Oct. 7), and Tula (Oct. 9), Connecticut hosts a pair of Florida rivals on Oct. 14 (UCF) and Oct. 16 (USF).
UConn returns to the road at Cincinnati on Oct. 21, looking to improve on a 3-1 record over the last two seasons before finishing up the three-game roadtrip at East Carolina (Oct. 23) and Temple (Oct. 26).
After a one-match weekend at home vs. Memphis (Oct. 30), the team departs on its penultimate road trip of the season with a trip to Tulane (Nov. 4) and Houston (Nov. 6) prior to returning to Gampel to complete the back end of a home-and-home against the Pirates (Nov. 11) and Bearcats (Nov. 13).
The team finishes its road schedule in Florida vs. USF (Nov. 18) and UCF (Nov. 20) before closing out regular season action against Tulsa (Nov. 23) and SMU (Nov. 25).
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