Air Force Volleyball Announces 2010 Schedule
May 4, 2010
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - After a three-year absence, the Air Force volleyball team returns to East Gym for the upcoming season, first-year head coach Matt McShane announced today (May 4) with the release of the 2010 schedule. The Falcons will face 21 teams this season, including six squads that participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, while renewing their rivalry with fellow service academy, Army.
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"Our preseason schedule is great," McShane said. "It gives us a good mix of different teams that run different styles of play. Army, Northern Colorado and Long Island made the NCAA Tournament last year. We need to play a tough schedule to prepare us for Mountain West Conference action. Three teams from the MWC made the NCAA Tournament last year. We will be ready by the time we play UNLV in the first conference match."
The Falcons open the 2010 campaign on the last weekend in August, hosting a four-team tournament at East Gym. Air Force begins the season on Friday, Aug. 27, against Long Island, a NCAA Tournament team that is coached by former Air Force assistant coach Kyle Robinson. The Falcons will also host Boise State and South Dakota State on Saturday, Aug. 28.
Air Force will travel to Greeley, Colo., for the first time since 2005, to take on Northern Colorado, another participant of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
The Falcons' match at UNC begins a 13-match road swing, which will see the Falcons travel across the country. Air Force will take on Fresno State and Utah Valley in Orem, Utah, on Sept. 2-3, before traveling to Memphis, Tenn., for a three-match tournament against La Salle, Tennessee State and host Memphis on Sept. 10-11.
For the first time since 2007, Air Force will take on service academy rival Army, as it travels to West Point, N.Y., for a four-match tournament. Air Force opens action on Friday, Sept. 17, against Buffalo and Army, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2009. The weekend - and non-conference season - concludes for the Falcons on Sunday, Sept. 19, when they face off with Bryant and Hofstra.
"We are thrilled to be going to West Point as part of our preseason," McShane said. "Competition between the service academies is one of the most well-known rivalries in collegiate athletics. The players are excited to compete against Army."
Air Force begins Mountain West Conference play at UNLV on Thursday, Sept. 24. The Falcons will also travel to New Mexico (Sept. 30) and TCU (Oct. 1), before returning to the Academy to host a pair of matches against Colorado State (Oct. 7) and Wyoming (Oct. 9). Air Force will then head to Utah for matches against BYU (Oct. 14) and Utah (Oct. 16), before coming home to close out the first half of conference action against San Diego State on Oct. 2.
Three of the Falcons' first four opponents in league play - New Mexico, TCU and Colorado State - all participated in the NCAA Tournament last year.
The Falcons host TCU (Oct. 28) and New Mexico (Oct. 30) to begin the second round of league action. The month of November brings road trips to Wyoming (Nov. 4) and Colorado State (Nov. 6), before returning to East Gym to host Utah (Nov. 11) and BYU (Nov. 13). The Falcons close out the road slate on at San Diego State on Nov. 20, before concluding the 2010 regular season at home against UNLV on Nov. 26.