Air Force Volleyball Announces 2008 Schedule
April 30, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Three tournaments and eight Mountain West Conference matches highlight the home portion of the 2008 Air Force volleyball schedule, which was released today by the athletic department. The Falcons, who will play 29 contests during the regular season, will host 19 different teams at the Academy's Clune Arena. Of the Falcons' 13 non-conference opponents, it will be Air Force's first meeting with 10 of the programs.
The season begins with home tournaments during each of the first three weekends. The Falcons open the 2008 season on Sunday, Aug. 31, with a late weekend tournament. The Falcons will play Kennesaw State and Southern Mississippi on Sunday, before closing out the weekend with Buffalo on Monday. The Falcons' second tournament will take place on Sept. 5-6. Air Force will take on Akron and Montana State on Friday, before facing UC-Davis and North Carolina State on Saturday. Air Force will close out the tournament season on Sept. 12-13 hosting Kent State, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and North Carolina Central.
For the 2008 season, the majority of the conference matches will take place on a Thursday/Saturday rotation. Air Force opens the MWC slate at home on Thursday, Sept. 18, when it hosts UNLV. The Falcons will close out a 13-match homestand on Saturday, Sept. 20, when they face San Diego State.
The Falcons finally leave the Academy on Sept. 25-27, when they travel to Utah for a pair of matches against perennial conference powerhouses, Utah (Sept. 25 in Salt Lake City) and BYU (Sept. 27 in Provo). Air Force returns to the Academy to face its local conference foes from Colorado State (Oct. 2) and Wyoming (Oct. 4).
The non-conference slate comes to an end on Oct. 10-11, when the Falcons travel to Illinois for a pair of matches. Air Force will face Chicago State on Friday, Oct. 10, before closing out the weekend at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (ranked No. 14 in the NCAA Division II standings at the conclusion of the 2007 season) on Saturday, Oct. 11. Air Force remains on the road, as it travels to TCU (Oct. 17 in Fort Worth, Texas) and New Mexico (Oct. 18 in Albuquerque, N.M.) for a pair of MWC matches.
Air Force opens the second round of conference action at the Academy on Wednesday, Oct. 22, as it hosts BYU. The Falcons will also host Utah (Oct. 25), before traveling to Wyoming (Oct. 30 in Laramie, Wyo.) and Colorado State (Nov. 1 in Fort Collins, Colo.). After a week off from competition, Air Force closes out its home schedule against New Mexico (Nov. 13) and TCU (Nov. 15), before traveling to San Diego State (Nov. 20 in San Diego, Calif.) and UNLV (Nov. 22 in Las Vegas, Nev.) to wrap up the 2008 campaign.