HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head volleyball coach Mitch Jacobs
recently released the 2008 volleyball schedule for the upcoming season.
Marshall finished the 2007 regular season with a 22-8 record, and was near perfect at 15-1 in Conference USA action, to post its second regular season title in three years. The Thundering Herd fell shy of a chance at the C-USA Championship title, when it was eliminated from tournament action in the semifinals by eventual champion Tulsa.
The 2008 season is an opportunity for the Herd to post its seventh consecutive 20-plus win season, all under Jacobs.
"We are very excited for this season," Jacobs said. "We are a young team that is going to play a tough schedule and hopefully we will be in position to make a run come tournament time."
Marshall will open its campaign with three non-conference tournaments, and will commence the season at the University of Cincinnati Tournament, August 29-31. The Herd will face Tennessee Tech, Wright State, and Cincinnati before making the trek back to Huntington, W.Va.
Marshall is 1-0 against Tennessee Tech with its last match coming in 2002, with a 3-1 victory. Wright State owns an 8-2 advantage over the Herd dating back to 1975, while Cincinnati has a 7-3 record against Marshall since 1973.
Marshall will open its home schedule when it hosts a weekend tournament at the Cam Henderson Center beginning September 5-6. Marshall will take on 2007 opponents Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky, and will add East Tennessee State to the mix. The Herd dropped a 3-1 decision to Virginia Tech and lost 3-0 against Western Kentucky in 2007.
"We are thrilled to be hosting our first regular season tournament on our home court," Jacobs said.
The Herd will play a match at Morehead State at the Henderson Center (Sept. 9) before leaving for a tilt with in-state rival West Virginia in Morgantown. Marshall will look to win its seventh straight against the Mountaineers, September 12.
Marshall will open conference play when it travels to Greenville, N.C. for the East Carolina Tournament. The Herd will open with its league rival September 19, and it will count as a conference match. The Herd will conclude its non-conference schedule September 20 against Morgan State (first-ever meeting between the squads) and North Carolina State (NC State holds a 2-0 edge).
Marshall will play every other conference weekend on the road this season. The Herd will host Memphis and UAB (Sept. 26, 28), Rice and Houston (Oct. 10, 12), SMU and Tulsa (Oct. 24, 26), and UCF, Southern Miss and East Carolina (Nov. 7, 9, 14).
Marshall's road foes include UCF and Southern Miss (Oct. 3, 5), UTEP, Tulane (Oct. 17, 19) and Memphis and UAB (Oct. 31, Nov. 2).
The C-USA Championship will take place November 20-23 and will be hosted by Memphis.