The UTEP volleyball program has announced the schedule for the 2016 season.
UTEP will open the year with 12 non-conference matches, including two opponents that played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament (Arizona and Texas A&M).
“Our preseason tournaments will give us a good indication as to where we are before going into the conference schedule,” head coach Holly Watts said. “C-USA reduced all teams total of conference matches to 14, where we only play two teams twice (compared to four teams twice, the last two years). Those two teams for us are Rice and UTSA.”
The Miners will first hit the road to play in the Oklahoma Invitational in Norman Okla., which features Oklahoma, Oral Roberts and University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Orange and Blue will take on UMKC on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. before taking on Oklahoma and Oral Roberts the next day at 11 a.m. (MT) and 4 p.m. (MT), respectively.
Following the Oklahoma Invitational, UTEP will travel to North Dakota for its second tournament of the season. The Miners will take on North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. (MT) before traveling to Fargo, N.D. to take on Bradley and South Dakota State on Sept. 3.
The Miners will then head to Lubbock, Texas for a match-up against Texas Tech before co-hosting the Borderland Invitational with NM State. UTEP will open its home slate against Texas A&M in Memorial Gym on Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. (MT). The remainder of the matches for the Borderland Invitational will be played at the Pan American Center.
After hosting its own tournament, UTEP will travel to Arlington, Texas for the UT-Arlington Invitational. The Miners will first take on Samford at 3:30 p.m. (MT) and will continue on to face New Mexico and UT-Arlington on Sept. 17.
Conference play will begin on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. (MT) at Rice. The Owls are one of the three squads the Miners will play twice during the season.
The Conference USA Championships are slated from Nov. 18-20 in Houston, Texas.
For the second consecutive season, the Orange and Blue will finish the year with a match against I-10 rival NM State (11/23)