May 14, 2014
All 15 of Auburn's home volleyball matches will be played at Auburn Arena this season.
AUBURN, Ala. - Six nationally televised matches and a pair of home tournaments highlight the 2014 Auburn volleyball schedule, released by head coach Rick Nold today.
The Tigers will play a total of 15 home matches in 2014, all of which will take place at Auburn Arena. Auburn will also have a strong non-conference schedule that includes trips to George Washington, Ohio State and Florida State.
"We are very excited about this schedule," Nold said. "We think our preseason tournaments will perfectly prepare us for the SEC season and help put us in a great position to make the NCAA Tournament."
Two home matches will be televised nationally as part of ESPNU's Wednesday SEC Volleyball package. Auburn's match with Georgia on Wed., Oct., 1, and the annual showdown with Alabama on Wed., Oct. 22, will air on ESPNU with first serve set for 8 p.m. CT.
Auburn will also make four appearances on the new SEC Network, all on the road. The Tigers will face Texas A&M (Sept. 28, 1 p.m.), Kentucky (Oct. 12, 11 a.m.), Mississippi State (Oct. 31, 5 p.m.) and Florida (Nov. 12, 6 p.m.) on the network. Additional dates and times for matches on the SEC Network's digital platforms will be announced at a later date.
"The SEC Network will be a huge boost for our program and SEC volleyball in general," Nold said. "The increased exposure and accessibility is awesome for our fans across the country."
The Tigers kick off the season Aug. 29-30 in the nation's capital at a tournament hosted by George Washington, where they will also face North Dakota and Arkansas State. The next week (Sept. 5-7) sees Auburn travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State, Southern Illinois and Florida Gulf Coast in the Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.
Auburn opens its home schedule with the first of two tournaments at Auburn Arena Sept. 12-13 as Troy, Winthrop and South Florida come to town for the Active Ankle Challenge. After a midweek trip to Florida State for a single match (Sept. 16), the Tigers host Florida A&M, Jacksonville State and Northwestern State for the War Eagle Invitational Sept. 19-20.
SEC play kicks off the following week with a split weekend. The Tigers host perennial powerhouse Florida at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, before hitting the road to play at Texas A&M the following Sunday.
October begins with the nationally televised contest against Georgia, followed by a Sunday home match with South Carolina on Oct. 5. A weekend road trip takes the Tigers to defending SEC Champion Missouri (Oct. 10) and NCAA participant Kentucky (Oct. 12) before returning home for two matches against Ole Miss (Oct. 17) and Alabama (Oct. 22).
The next weekend sees Auburn on the road at Mississippi State (Oct. 31) and Georgia (Nov. 2) before coming back to Auburn Arena to face Arkansas (Nov. 7) and Tennessee (Nov. 9). The Tigers then embark on a four-match road swing to Florida (Nov. 12), South Carolina (Nov. 16), Alabama (Nov. 21) and LSU (Nov. 23). Visits by Kentucky on Nov. 26 and Mississippi State on Nov. 29 will close out the regular season.
After having just one last year, Auburn volleyball matches will fall on three home Auburn football weekends in 2014. The Tigers host Florida on Friday, Sept. 26 before football against Louisiana Tech the following day; Auburn's Oct. 4 football game against LSU precedes a volleyball match with South Carolina on Sunday, and a home weekend against Arkansas and Tennessee (Nov. 7-9) surrounds the Tigers' football tilt with Texas A&M.
Auburn returns five letterwinners and two starters from its 2013 team that went 19-11 overall, 10-8 in SEC play.