Virginia Volleyball Announces 2015 Schedule
June 22, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–Virginia volleyball head coach Dennis Hohenshelt announced the Cavaliers’ 2015 schedule Monday (June 22), which will feature 13 home matches, including one tournament at Memorial Gymnasium.
The 2015 campaign will see UVa face nine teams that competed in the 2014 NCAA Championship, including three teams — Florida State, North Carolina and UCLA — that advanced to at least the third round.
Virginia opens the season in California with a first-ever matchup against Loyola Marymount (Aug. 28) and will face UCLA (Aug. 29) for the first time since 2009. UVa opens its home slate with the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cavalier Classic Sept. 4-5 with Appalachian State, Iowa State and VCU coming to Charlottesville. The Cavaliers have not played the Cyclones, who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014, since 1997.
“I think we have put together a challenging schedule that will get us better week in and week out,” Hohenshelt said. “To open at Loyola Marymount and UCLA will be a great challenge for us right out of the gate. I expect both of those teams to be NCAA Tournament participants. We then come home and face two very good teams in VCU and Appalachian State and I am very excited that Iowa State has agreed to do a home-and-home series with us as they very well could be a top-10 team to start the season.”
UVa concludes the non-conference schedule with tournaments in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Sept. 11-12, where the Cavaliers will face host Alabama, Saint Louis and Troy, and in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18-19, where Virginia will play against host American, UMBC and William & Mary. Alabama and American both made the 2014 NCAA Championship.
“We finish on the road the last two weekends of non-conference play with a really competitive tournament at the University of Alabama and finish up the road trip at American University, which has had a very strong team the last two years,” Hohenshelt said.
The Cavaliers will play a 20-match ACC schedule, which includes home-and-away contests against Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. UVa opens the ACC schedule at Duke (Sept. 25) and Wake Forest (Sept. 26) before hosting Pitt (Oct. 2) and in-state rival Virginia Tech (Oct. 3).
“I believe that this will be the strongest year competitively in ACC history,” Hohenshelt said. “If things break right in non-conference play, it is possible for us to have five or six teams qualify for the NCAA tournament. Every trip on the road is going to be a battle and we are going to have to be ready for two nights of competitive play each weekend. I expect this to be a battle of attrition and those teams that can stay hungry and grind night in and night out will come out on top of the league.”
Virginia also hosts Notre Dame (Oct. 23), Louisville (Oct. 24), Wake Forest (Oct. 30), Duke (Oct. 31), Clemson (Nov. 13), Georgia Tech (Nov. 14) and NC State (Nov. 20), while the Cavaliers’ final home match will be Nov. 21 against North Carolina.
UVa closes the season on the road at Pitt (Nov. 27) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 28).
The Cavaliers return five starters from last season’s squad that finished 17-14 overall and 10-8 in ACC play. Virginia has the No. 30 incoming recruiting class in the country, according to PrepVolleyball.com. It is Hohenshelt’s second nationally-ranked recruiting class.
Ticket and Parking Information
Virginia volleyball season and single-game tickets will go on sale on July 6 at 9 a.m. Fans can order season tickets online, in person or by telephone. To purchase tickets online, visit VirginiaSports.com. In-person sales can be made at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
Season tickets for adults are $30, while youth, senior and University staff season tickets are $20. For a single match, general admission tickets are $5. Youth, senior and faculty/staff general admission tickets are $4 and group tickets (20 or more) are $3 per ticket.
Game-day parking for volleyball matches is available free of charge at the Culbreth Road Garage, located behind Carr’s Hill Field. Limited parking is available at the Central Grounds Garage (hourly rates apply).