2018 Volleyball Schedule Released
June 29, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga volleyball head coach Diane Nelson announced her team's full 2018 schedule Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs will face a strong group of opponents this season, as 11 teams posted winning records during the 2017 campaign with eight teams winning 20 matches or more. Six teams on GU's 2018 slate advanced to the 2017 NCAA Volleyball Tournament: Hawaii, UCLA, Iowa State, Utah, BYU and San Diego. Gonzaga will host nine matches inside the Martin Centre, beginning with Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine Sept. 20 and 22.
“This nonconference lineup is going to test us early, which is exactly what I wanted us to do to be prepared for conference,” Nelson said. “I know my young kids have experience and are ready for this level of competition. Competition, rest, recovery and reload is going to be hugely important.”
The Zags will begin the year in Honolulu with three matches at the Wahine Volleyball Classic. Their season officially kicks off Aug. 24 against Hawaii, marking the first time in program history the two teams have met. Hawaii is fresh off an NCAA tournament appearance and finished the 2017 season with a 20-8 overall record. Gonzaga will then face UCLA Aug. 25; the 21-11 Bruins finished last season ranked 14th in the AVCA Coaches Poll and advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals. The Zags will close the tournament with a matchup against Big 12 foe Kansas State on Aug. 26.
The following weekend the Bulldogs head east to Missoula, Mont. for the Montana Tournament featuring Iowa State, Utah and tournament host, Montana. The Bulldogs face Iowa State, the second of two first-time opponents on the 2018 slate, on Aug. 31. The Cyclones posted a 22-7 overall record with an 11-5 mark in the Big 12, and they advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament to finish the 2017 season ranked 25th in the nation. Gonzaga’s second match of the tournament will be against Utah the evening of Aug. 31. The Utes finished the 2017 season ranked 11th in the nation with a 24-10 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals. The Bulldogs will conclude the weekend with a match against host Montana on Saturday, Sept. 1.
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