June 14, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut head volleyball coach Holly Strauss-O'Brien has announced the team's 2012 schedule which kicks off at the LMU Invitational in Los Angeles on August 24. The home slate begins with the annual UConn Classic at Gampel Pavilion on August 31.
"I believe that the 2012 schedule will provide us with many challenges and prepare this team for the competitve goals we have for the season," began Strauss-O'Brien. "We want to win championships. In order to do so, we need to give ourselves opportunities in our non-conference schedule by playing opponents that have an NCAA Championship background."
At the LMU Invite, the Huskies open the season against the host Loyola Marymount and cap off competition against UC Santa Barbara and Iona.
"Heading west to LMU will be a homecoming for Mattison Quayle as we start our season with some competitive volleyball that will set the tone for the remainder of the schedule," said Strauss-O'Brien.
Connecticut returns home to host the UConn Classic where it will take on Dartmouth, Fairfield and Michigan State. The Spartans finished 22-12 overall in 2012 and placed sixth in a very deep Big Ten conference, which has boasted four of the last five national champions.
"We are excited to welcome a Big Ten opponent into Gampel for the UConn Classic and battle them on our home floor alongside two of our regional rivals in Dartmouth and Fairfield," stated Strauss-O'Brien.
The Huskies are also scheduled to play in tournaments at Missouri State (Sep. 7-8) and the New England Challenge (Sep. 14-15). Connecticut will host its opening game of the challenge against Harvard before heading to Boston to play Boston College and Northeastern.
BIG EAST play starts at home when Villanova visits Gampel on September 21 for a 7:00 pm match, followed by a 2:00 pm contest against Georgetown on September 23. The Huskies host the defending conference tournament and regular season champions on October 12 and 14 when Cincinnati and Louisville come to town.
Rutgers and Seton Hall are also scheduled to play in Storrs on October 27 and 28, while the regular season wraps up with senior day on November 9th against USF at 7:00 pm in Gampel.
"Regardless of who we play, our team needs to collectively focus and take care of business one point and one opponent at a time," said Strauss-O'Brien.