Courtesy: Houston Volleyball
HOUSTON — Highlighted by 14 matches and the ninth annual Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup inside Athletics/Alumni Center, the University of Houston Volleyball program and head coach Kaddie Platt announced the release of the 2018 schedule on Wednesday afternoon.
The 33-match slate features eight teams who won 20 matches or more in 2017 as well as nine home matches in American Athletic Conference play.
“My staff and I are extremely excited about our 2018 schedule,” Platt said. “With three of our four tournaments on the road to start the year, we believe it sets us up to face some high-caliber programs in some tough atmospheres, and that will set us up well heading into conference.”
NOTES ON THE SCHEDULE
1 — Houston will play one team who advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2017
3 — The Cougars will play three road tournaments
4 — Houston will play four non-conference tournaments
5 — The Cougars will face five opponents for the first time in program history
6 — The 2018 season is the program’s sixth competing in the American Athletic Conference
7 — The 2018 season marks the seventh for Head Coach Kaddie Platt at Houston
8 — The Cougars will play eight teams that recorded 20-win seasons in 2017
8 — Houston hosts the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup for eighth straight season
9 — The 2018 season marks the ninth season to host the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup
9 — Houston will play nine home matches in American Athletic Conference play
9 — The Cougars will play matches across nine states
14 — Houston will play 14 matches inside the Athletics/Alumni Center
24 — The 2018 season marks the 24th overall season for Kaddie Platt as a head coach
33 — Houston will play 33 regular-season matches
Houston opens its season with a tournament at New Orleans, facing Murray State, Nebraska-Omaha and the host Privateers across Aug. 24-26.
After the tournament, the Cougars will host Prairie View A&M in their home opener on Aug. 28 before making another trip to the state of Louisiana, this time Lafayette, La., for a tournament featuring matches against the Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Mississippi Valley State and the host Ragin’ Cajuns across Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
The ninth annual Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup will take place Sept. 7-8. Houston will host UTSA, Cornell, Lamar and HBU inside Athletics/Alumni Center.
“Flo Hyman’s name continues to be synonymous with not only Houston Volleyball but also with the highest level of volleyball in the world,” Platt said. “She was a pioneer for the sport, and we are elated to host a tournament in her honor for a ninth year.”
Houston will close tournament play and their non-conference schedule at Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa., with matches against Eastern Michigan, Duquesne and the host Colonials across Sept. 14-15.
“The American Athletic Conference year-in-and-year-out has great volleyball competition from top to bottom,” Platt said. “We took a big step as a program last season and look forward to bigger strides in 2018.”
The 2018 season marks the sixth for Houston as a member of The American. Conference play will feature 18 matches in a Friday/Sunday format.
The Cougars will open action in The American on Friday, Sept 21, with a home match against Temple. Other home matches in league play include UConn (Sept. 23), Tulsa (Oct. 19), Wichita State (Oct. 21), Tulane (Nov. 2), Memphis (Nov. 4), USF (Nov. 16), UCF (Nov. 18), and SMU (Nov. 21).
Road matches in The American are at ECU (Sept. 28), Cincinnati (Sept. 30), SMU (Oct. 5, Memphis (Oct. 12), Tulane (Oct. 14), UCF (Oct. 26), USF (Oct. 28), Wichita State (Nov. 9) and Tulsa (Nov. 11).
2018 Houston Volleyball Schedule
UNO Tournament (New Orleans, La.)
8/24 vs. Murray State
8/25 at New Orleans
8/26 vs. Nebraska-Omaha
08/28/18 vs. Prairie View A&M
Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic (Lafayette, La.)
8/31 vs. Nicholls
8/31 vs. Sam Houston State
9/1 vs. Mississippi Valley State
9/1 at Louisiana
Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup (Houston)
9/7 vs. UTSA
9/7 vs. Cornell
9/8 vs. Lamar
9/8 vs. Houston Baptist
RMU Sheraton Invitational (Moon Township, Pa.)
9/14 vs. Eastern Michigan
9/14 vs. Duquesne
9/15 at Robert Morris
9/21 vs. Temple *
9/23 vs. UConn *
9/28 at ECU *
9/30 at Cincinnati
10/5 at SMU *
10/12 at Memphis *
10/14 at Tulane *
10/19 vs. Tulsa *
10/21 vs. Wichita State *
10/26 at UCF *
10/28 at USF *
11/2 vs. Tulane *
11/4 vs. Memphis *
11/9 at Wichita State *
11/11 at Tulsa *
11/16 vs. USF *
11/18 vs. UCF *
11/21 vs. SMU *