Volleyball Spring And Pac-12 Schedules Take Shape
March 17, 2011
SEATTLE - Both the spring and fall schedules are coming into focus now for the Husky volleyball team. Washington has lined up a pair of scrimmages for its spring practice season, and today the Pac-10 announced the conference schedule for the first ever Pac-12 season coming in the fall of 2011.
Washington's spring practice season gets underway on April 9 and runs through May 20. Along the way, the Huskies are scheduled to play a home scrimmage on April 23 against Portland State. The next scrimmage will come against Seattle U. on May 7 with the location still to be determined. More info on match times and locations will be made available as the dates draw near. One more scrimmage is also possible for the spring.
Looking ahead to the 2011 season, the Pac-10 officially switches over to the Pac-12 with the addition of Colorado and Utah. That will mean four more conference matches as the Pac-12 maintains its double round robin format. Every team will now have 22 conference matches in store.
The Huskies will begin Pac-12 play at home against Washington State on Sept. 13. That's a Tuesday night, another of the new wrinkles to the schedule. It will be UW's only weeknight Pac-12 match, however, with the remainder being played on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Washington then hosts USC on Friday, Sept. 16 and UCLA on Saturday, Sept. 17.
After a trip to Arizona, the Huskies have four more home matches in a row, giving them seven of the first nine conference matches at home. The Oregon schools will visit, followed by the first trips to Seattle for Colorado (Oct. 7) and Utah (Oct. 8) as conference rivals.
Stanford comes to town on Friday, Nov. 11, then California, which ended UW's 2010 season in the Elite Eight and advanced to the NCAA finals, will be back in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The Huskies will close the regular season with three straight on the road, heading to Salt Lake City for the first time on Nov. 18 to face Utah, then traveling to Boulder, Colo. the next night to face Colorado. UW then bookends the conference schedule with a match at Washington State on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Washington finished sixth in the final AVCA poll last year after advancing to the Elite Eight. Four Pac-10 teams were ranked in the final Top-10.
WASHINGTON 2011 PAC-12 SCHEDULE (Home matches in bold)