April 13, 1998
Notre Dame Volleyball Announces 1998 Schedule
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame volleyball team has announced its 1998 schedule, highlighted by home matches versus perennial powers Colorado and Oral Roberts, a road match vs. 1997 NCAA semfinalist Florida and participation in tournaments at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State. The schedule also includes matches against regional rivals Valparaiso, Illinois State and Indiana, road tests at Duke and North Carolina and home BIG EAST Conference matches vs. Syracuse and 1997 NCAA Tournament entrant Villanova.
The Irish will open with a Sept. 1 match at Valparaiso before playing host to the three-team Shamrock Invitational on Sept. 4-6, with games scheduled vs. Georgia on the 4th and Colorado on the 6th. Notre Dame then will play at the Wisconsin Invitational on Sept. 11-12 (vs. the host Badgers and Indiana) and the Michigan State Invitational on Sept. 18-19 (vs. New Hampshire, Utah and MSU).
Notre Dame's home October schedule includes BIG EAST conference matches vs. Seton Hall (10/2), Rutgers (10/4), Providence (10/23), Boston College (10/25) and Syracuse (10/31), plus a non-conference match vs. ORU (10/29).
The Irish will play road BIG EAST matches in October at Connecticut (10/9) and St. John's (10/11), in addition to non-league games at Illinois State (10/6), Fairfield (10/10), Duke (10/17), UNC (10/18) and Florida (10/21).
Notre Dame will wrap up BIG EAST play in November with home matches vs. Georgetown (11/6) and Villanova (11/8) before traveling to Pittsburgh (11/14) and West Virginia (11/15). The Irish then will face Toledo at home on Nov. 18 i nthe regular season finale.
The BIG EAST and NCAA tournament both have expanded for the 1998 season. The BIG EAST Tournament will include eight teams (up from six), with first-round games to be played at home sites on Nov. 21 or 22, with the semi-finals and final set for Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on Nov. 28-29.
The NCAA field has expanded from 56 teams to 64, with the first and second rounds to be played at host sites in successive days (ranging from Dec. 3-6). The regionals also will be held on consecutive days (from Dec. 10-13) while the NCAA semifinal and final will be played in Madison, Wis. on Dec. 17 and 19.1998 NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE (as of April 13)
SEPTEMBER 1 Tue. at Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN TBA Shamrock Invitational 4 Fri. Notre Dame vs. Georgia Joyce Center 8:00 p.m. 5 Sat. Colorado vs. Georgia Joyce Center 5:00 p.m. 6 Sun. Notre Dame vs. Colorado Joyce Center 2:00 p.m. Wisconsin Inntowner Invitational 11 Fri. at Wisconsin Madison, WI 7:00 p.m. 12 Sat. vs. Indiana Madison, WI 5:00 p.m. Michigan State Tournament 18 Fri. vs. New Hampshire East Lansing, MI 5:00 p.m. 19 Sat. vs. Utah East Lansing, MI 10:00 a.m. 19 Sat. at Michigan State East Lansing, MI 7:00 p.m. OCTOBER 2 Fri. *Seton Hall Joyce Center 8:00 p.m. 4 Sun. *Rutgers Joyce Center 2:00 p.m. 6 Tue. at Illinois State Normal, IL 7:00 p.m. 9 Fri. *at Connecticut Storrs, CT 7:00 p.m. 10 Sat. at Fairfield Fairfield, CT 2:00 p.m. 11 Sun. *at St. John's Jamaica, NY 2:00 p.m. 17 Sat. at Duke Durham, NC 7:00 p.m. 18 Sun. at North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 7:00 p.m. 21 Wed. at Florida Gainesville, FL 7:00 p.m. 23 Fri. *Providence Joyce Center 8:00 p.m. 25 Sun. *Boston College Joyce Center 2:00 p.m. 29 Thur. Oral Roberts Joyce Center 7:00 p.m. 31 Sat. *Syracuse Joyce Center 7:00 p.m. NOVEMBER 6 Fri. *Georgetown Joyce Center 7:00 p.m. 8 Sun. *Villanova Joyce Center 2:00 p.m. 14 Sat. *at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 2:00 p.m. 15 Sun. *at West Virginia Morgantown, WV 1:00 p.m. 18 Wed. Toledo Joyce Center 7:00 p.m. BIG East Tournament 21/22 Sat./Sun. Quarterfinals Top four teams host TBA 28/29 Sat./Sun. Semifinals and Final Pittsburgh, PA TBA DECEMBER NCAA Tournament 3-6 Wed.-Sat. First and Second Round Home Sites (consective days) TBA 10-13 Wed.-Sat. NCAA Regionals TBA (consecutive days) TBA 17 Wed. NCAA Semi-Finals Madison, WI TBA 19 Fri. NCAA Championship Madison, WI TBA * - BIG EAST Conference match