Texas Challenging Itself in Non-Conference as Usual (Full Schedule)

  0 Derek Johnson | June 01st, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News

Volleyball powerhouse and back-to-back NCAA Runner-Up University of Texas strung together another tough slate of non-conference games before it goes through another challenging Big 12 season.

Texas opens the season on August 25th taking on Florida – a match that will be hosted by the Gators as part of the VERT Challenge. Florida was ranked 11th by the committee in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and finished the season slotted 15th in the final AVCA Coaches Poll. The two last met in 2015, when they dueled twice. The first was a four-set victory for Florida in Austin, while the most recent meeting of the two schools was a Texas five-set win to advance to the 2015 NCAA Semifinals.

Beyond Florida, the Longhorns also drew Oregon – who finished last year ranked 21 – in the VERT Challenge. Although Nebraska will be there too, the schools won’t collide for a Final Four rematch.

The following week Texas will travel to the opposite coast for a tournament in San Diego. The real headliner is host University of San Diego, who was a giant-killer in the non-conference a season ago. In 2016, the Toreros took out eventual-National Champion Stanford, UCLA and a few others as they nabbed four wins against top-18 teams in the AVCA Poll at the time of play.

The Longhorns will then head back to Austin to host a tournament that features Minnesota. The match on September 8th will be a battle of two teams who made it to the NCAA Semifinals in consecutive seasons. In 2015, Texas took down Minnesota for a spot in the National Championship game.

A little less than a week following that, Texas heads to College Station on September 13th to face rival Texas A&M.

In total, Texas will see six tournament teams in the non-conference part of the season. Three of those six won at least one game in the NCAA Tournament. That will prelude the Longhorns Big 12 path in which they will see the entirety of the conference for a round-robin.

The circled dates for Texas will be against Kansas, who were able to unseat the Longhorns as Big 12 champions in 2016. The match in Lawrence takes place on October 11th, while Texas will be at home against the Jayhawks on November 15th.

If you include those Big 12 opponents, Texas will match-up with 11 different teams who made the NCAA Tournament, including 16 matches against those teams since Texas plays each of their Big 12 foes twice.

The schedule features some top tier opponents, but with all the returning talent that Texas features with Ebony Nwanebu, Micaya White, Cat McCoy, Yasmeen Bedart-Ghani and more in addition to a stellar recruiting class, the Longhorns are in a prime position to handle the many tough opponents they will face in 2017.

VERT Challenge
8/25/2017 Florida Gainesville, Fla. TBA Details
8/26/2017 Oregon Gainesville, Fla. TBA Details
San Diego
9/1/2017 Villanova San Diego, Calif. TBA Details
9/2/2017 Georgia Tech San Diego, Calif. TBA Details
9/2/2017 San Diego San Diego, Calif. TBA Details
Austin, Texas
9/7/2017 Minnesota vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/7/2017 Texas A&M Corpus Christi Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/7/2017 Minnesota vs. Denver Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/7/2017 Denver Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/8/2017 Denver vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/8/2017 Minnesota Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/13/2017 Texas A&M College Station, Texas TBA Details
9/19/2017 UTSA San Antonio, Texas TBA Details
9/23/2017 * West Virginia Morgantown, W.V. TBA Details
9/27/2017 * Baylor Austin, Texas TBA Details
9/30/2017 * Kansas State Austin, Texas TBA Details
10/7/2017 * TCU Fort Worth, Texas TBA Details
10/11/2017 * Kansas Lawrence, Kan. TBA Details
10/14/2017 * Iowa State Austin, Texas TBA Details
10/18/2017 * Texas Tech Lubbock, Texas TBA Details
10/21/2017 * Oklahoma Norman, Okla. TBA Details
10/28/2017 * West Virginia Austin, Texas TBA Details
11/1/2017 * Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. TBA Details
11/4/2017 * Texas Tech Austin, Texas TBA Details
11/8/2017 * TCU Austin, Texas TBA Details
11/11/2017 * Iowa State Ames, Iowa TBA Details
11/15/2017 * Kansas Austin, Texas TBA Details
11/22/2017 * Oklahoma Austin, Texas TBA Details
11/25/2017 * Baylor Waco, Texas TBA Details

Home Games are in bold

Neutral Site Games are in italics
* Big 12

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