CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina volleyball program will once again host 12 home matches in 2017 while hitting the road for 17 announced head coach Karen Glover. The Catamounts open the season for the third-straight year hosting the Catamount Volleyball Classic with Charleston Southern, Jacksonville State and Towson coming to town. WCU will also close out the year at home for the second time in the last three seasons as the Catamounts play host to the 2017 Southern Conference Championships, Nov. 17-19.
Western Carolina will participate in four in-season tournaments including the aforementioned Catamount Volleyball Classic. WCU gets things rolling Aug. 25 as the Catamounts open up the classic against Charleston Southern, whom the Catamounts defeated 3-2 in WCU’s second match of the 2016 Catamount Classic. WCU concludes the tourney on Aug, 26 against Towson and Jacksonville State.
The Catamounts toughest and longest road trip will also be its first of the season as WCU travels to Honolulu, Hawaii for the first time in program history Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Two of the three teams WCU will face in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic advanced to the NCAA Tournament a season ago including Hawaii who advanced to the second round with a 3-2 victory over USC. The Catamounts will take on the host Rainbow Warriors on Thursday night before battling another NCAA participant in Utah on Friday. The Catamounts conclude the tournament Saturday against South Dakota.
WCU’s final two regular season tournaments will take place in Alabama as the Catamounts travel to Alabama State in Montgomery, Sept. 8-9, and UAB in Birmingham, Sept,. 15-16. Sandwiched in between the two competitions is WCU’s lone non-conference home match that is not included in a tournament as the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville come to town Sept. 12.
A road trip to ETSU on Tuesday, Sept. 19 opens up 2017 Southern Conference play for the Catamounts as WCU hits the road for four of its first six conference matches. The Catamounts will also travel to Chattanooga, Furman and Wofford during that stretch while hosting Samford and Mercer. Sept. 29 will mark the Catamounts conference home opener as the Bulldogs of Samford come calling.
Following the opening six conference matches, the Catamounts will host four-straight home games against UNCG, The Citadel, Chattanooga and ETSU before closing the conference slate with another four out of six road stretch with matches at Mercer, Samford, UNCG and The Citadel and a home weekend with Wofford and Furman. WCU will holds its annual Senior Day against the Paladins on Nov. 4. The match will mark the final regular season home contest for five dedicated seniors including Kaycey Cermin, Gabby Edmondson, Katie O’Connor, Reeve Reinsborough and Jo-Leigh VerVelde.
The postseason will begin inside the Ramsey Center as all nine Southern Conference volleyball teams will descend on Cullowhee for the three-day championship tournament, Nov. 17-19.
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