Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina volleyball head coach Karen Glover announced the 2019 schedule today, which features four non-conference tournaments played at Georgia State, Chicago State, Appalachian State, and UNC Wilmington as well as a non-conference home matchup against UNC Asheville before a slate of 16 Southern Conference contests. The Catamounts will play at the Ramsey Center on nine occasions.
For the first time since the 2015 season, the Catamounts open the season away from Cullowhee as WCU takes part in the GSU Invitational hosted by Georgia State. The Catamounts and Panthers kick off the season on Aug. 30 with the Catamounts facing Fordham and Lamar the next day. WCU is 11-4 all-time against Georgia State and will face Fordham and Lamar for the first time in program history.
WCU makes the trip to the Windy City for the second weekend of the season to the Chicago State volleyball tournament. While in Chicago, the Catamounts face Cal State Fullerton and Tennessee State on Sept. 6 followed by a contest against Alabama State on Sept. 7. The Catamounts are 2-2 against Tennessee State, 2-1 against Alabama State and will face Cal State Fullerton for the first time.
The Catamounts travel to former SoCon archrival Appalachian State for the Appalachian Invitational. The two mountain foes face each other for the first time since 2016 on Sept. 12 before WCU meets Power 5 opponents Iowa State and NC State Sept. 13. The Catamounts and Wolfpack have not met since 2012. The Cyclones won the 2018 National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) and will meet for the first time.
Western Carolina makes its first home appearance on Sept. 17 against mountain rival UNC Asheville at 6 p.m. before wrapping up the non-conference portion of its schedule at the UNCW Classic against Drake, UNCW and North Carolina A&T on Sept. 20-21. The Catamounts were scheduled to participate in the UNCW Classic in 2018 but the tournament was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.
Southern Conference play begins on Sept. 27 at UNCG followed by road matches against Furman, Mercer, and Chattanooga. WCU’s home league opener against The Citadel is the start of a stretch that has the Catamounts inside the Ramsey Center in seven out of eight matches including a doubleheader with Furman on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 26 and ending on Nov. 2 against Mercer. After three matches on the road, the Catamounts will honor seniors Aleah Keaton, Meagan Sanchez and Abigail Veit against Samford on Nov. 15.
The 2019 SoCon Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 22-24 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.
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