COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M head volleyball coach Bird Kuhn released the 2019 schedule, which features 28 regular season matches, including 12 matches against opponents who made the 2018 NCAA Tournament, as well as 13 home matches inside Reed Arena.
The Aggies host Baylor in an exhibition match on August 24 in Reed Arena, before officially kicking off the season at a two-day tournament in Louisville, Ky., where the Aggies face two 2018 NCAA Tournament squads, Dayton (Aug. 31) and host-Louisville (Sept. 1).
“We have to put our team in front of good competition,” said Kuhn. “You want to be competing at a high level every weekend. I think that is going to be a huge tournament for us.”
Following the trip to Louisville, the Aggies head to Malibu, California, to take on Cal Baptist, Fairfield and Pepperdine. Texas A&M hosted Pepperdine last season at the Texas A&M Invitational and came away with a 3-0 win in their season opener. The Waves finished the 2018 season receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.
After spending the first two weekends on the road, the Aggies make their first official appearance in front of the 12th Man on Thursday, Sept. 12, hosting Texas State at 6 p.m. for the Texas A&M Invitational. A&M takes on Northwestern State of the Southland Conference on Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. and then close out the tournament at 7:30 p.m. against UTRGV.
“It’s always good to come home,” Kuhn said. “Last year was great because we’ve never experienced the 12th Man as a staff. It was fun because our team got to talk to us about it and tell us what it was going to be like. Now it has that home feeling and we know what to look forward to. Reed Arena is special and I think it is a tough place to play for a lot of reasons – the facility, the fans, just the environment. It will be fun playing at home and as we get closer to opening up conference play, that’s going to be a strong tournament.”
A&M concludes the preconference schedule with back-to-back Big 12 opponents, welcoming Oklahoma inside Reed Arena for a midweek matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and a match at Texas on Friday, Sept. 20.
The Aggies begin their eighth season in the SEC on Tuesday, Sept. 24 when A&M welcomes Alabama to College Station. The Aggies are scheduled to face four SEC opponents who finished in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.
“SEC play is always going to be challenging,” said Kuhn. “Top to bottom, the level of volleyball is one of the best in the country and that’s what’s exciting. You have to show up every match whether it’s home or away.”
A&M has home matches against South Carolina (Oct. 11), Florida (Oct. 13) and Georgia (Oct. 27) in October. The Aggies have five home matches in November, beginning with Missouri (Nov. 3) and Arkansas (Nov. 8) and concludes with three straight home matches against Auburn (Nov. 12), Mississippi State (Nov. 22) and Ole Miss (Nov. 24).
A&M’s SEC road schedule begins Sept. 29 at Tennessee, followed by trips to Arkansas (Oct. 4) and Missouri (Oct. 6). Additional away conference matches are scheduled at Mississippi State (Oct. 18), Ole Miss (Oct. 20), Kentucky (Nov. 1) and LSU (Nov. 10). The final road trip for the Aggies concludes at South Carolina (Nov. 17) and the regular season finale is set for Nov. 30 at Florida.
“Every match counts – whether that’s preseason, middle of the season, end of the season – that’s your focus and you have to know that,” Kuhn said. “This match means something and being in the SEC is a huge advantage for us. There’s opportunities every match. It’s exciting.”
Texas A&M returns 11 letterwinners including All-American Hollann Hans, SEC All-Freshman Team member in London Austin-Roark and AVCA All-South Region Team selection Camille Conner, from last year’s squad that went 17-13 overall. The Aggies also inked a top 30 recruiting class.
The Aggies report to campus August 12 and begin official preseason training on August 13.
Season tickets go on sale soon and can be purchased online at 12thManFoundation.com or by calling 888-99-AGGIE. Times of conference matches will be announced after the SEC reveals the television schedule later this summer.
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Texas A&M 2019 Schedule
Aug. 24 – Baylor (exhibition)
Aug 30 – vs. Dayton
Sept. 1 – vs. Louisville
Sept. 6 – vs. Cal Baptist
Sept. 7 – vs. Fairfield
Sept. 7 – at Pepperdine
Sept. 12 – Texas State
Sept. 13 – Northwestern State
Sept. 13 – UTRGV
Sept. 17 – Oklahoma
Sept. 20 – at Texas
Sept. 24 – Alabama
Sept. 29 – at Tennessee
Oct. 4 – at Arkansas
Oct. 6 – at Missouri
Oct. 11 – South Carolina
Oct. 13 – Florida
Oct. 18 – at Mississippi State
Oct. 20 – at Ole Miss
Oct. 27 – Georgia
Nov. 1 – at Kentucky
Nov. 3 – Missouri
Nov. 8 – Arkansas
Nov. 10 – at LSU
Nov. 13 – Auburn
Nov. 22 – Mississippi State
Nov. 24 – Ole Miss
Nov. 27 – at South Carolina
Nov. 30 – at Florida