Sunday, July 9, 2017

Nuggets' 2017 schedule includes 10 in a row at home

2017 Schedule Page

NEW ORLEANS — A school-record 10 consecutive home matches are on the 2017 Xavier University of Louisiana volleyball schedule, new coach Pat Kendrick announced Thursday.

The Gold Nuggets, six-time defending Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champion, will open the season Aug. 25-26 with four matches at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Bird. Then XULA will play 10 in a row at its Convocation Center, four during the third annual Big Easy Blastoff Sept. 1-2.

NAIA National Championship 2016 qualifiers on the schedule are Madonna (Aug. 25 at UM-Dearborn), Mobile (Aug. 29 in XULA's home opener, then Sept. 26 at Mobile) and Our Lady of the Lake (Sept. 1 in the Big Easy Blastoff). XULA also will play twice — Sept. 7 at home, Oct. 12 away — against Spring Hill, a 27-5 NCAA Division II team a year ago.

The Gold Nuggets will open their GCAC schedule Sept. 9 at home against Tougaloo. The GCAC Tournament will be Nov. 10-11.

There will be five first-time opponents — Trinity International, Madonna and Lawrence Tech at UM-Dearborn and UM-Dearborn and Texas Wesleyan at the Big Easy Blastoff.

This will be XULA's 10th season of intercollegiate volleyball, and the home opener against Mobile will be the Gold Nuggets' 100th match on their campus.

Xavier University of Louisiana
2017 Women's Volleyball Schedule
Aug. 25 (Fri.): Trinity International, 3 p.m. EDT (UM-Dearborn Early Bird, Dearborn, Mich.)
Aug. 25 (Fri.): Madonna, 7 p.m. EDT (UM-Dearborn Early Bird, Dearborn, Mich.)
Aug. 26 (Sat.): Lawrence Tech, 10 a.m. EDT (UM-Dearborn Early Bird, Dearborn, Mich.)
Aug. 26 (Sat.): Fisk, 2 p.m. EDT (UM-Dearborn Early Bird, Dearborn, Mich.)
Aug. 29 (Tue.): MOBILE, 6 p.m.
Sept. 1 (Fri.): OUR LADY OF THE LAKE, 3 p.m. (Big Easy Blastoff)
Sept. 1 (Fri.): RUST, 7 p.m. (Big Easy Blastoff)
Sept. 2 (Sat.): MICHIGAN-DEARBORN, 3 p.m. (Big Easy Blastoff)
Sept. 2 (Sat.): TEXAS WESLEYAN, 7 p.m. (Big Easy Blastoff)
Sept. 5 (Tue.): LOYOLA (N.O.), 6 p.m.
Sept. 7 (Thu.): SPRING HILL, 6 p.m.
Sept. 9 (Sat.): • TOUGALOO, 1 p.m.
Sept. 11 (Mon.): • EDWARD WATERS, 6 p.m.
Sept. 16 (Sat.): • TALLADEGA, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 (Tue.) at William Carey, 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 (Thu.) • at SUNO, 6 p.m.
Sept. 26 (Tue.) at Mobile, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 (Thu.): • DILLARD, 6 p.m.
Oct. 5 (Thu.): WILLIAM CAREY, 6 p.m.
Oct. 7 (Sat.): • PHILANDER SMITH, 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 (Thu.) at Spring Hill, 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 (Sat.) • at Edward Waters, 1 p.m. EDT
Oct. 16 (Mon.) • at Tougaloo, 6 p.m.
Oct. 17 (Tue.) • at Philander Smith, 6 p.m.
Oct. 21 (Sat.) • at Talladega, 1 p.m.
Oct. 26 (Thu.): • SUNO, 6 p.m.
Oct. 31 (Tue.): at Loyola (N.O.), 6 p.m.
Nov. 2 (Thu.) • at Dillard, 6 p.m.
Nov. 10-11 (Fri.-Sat.): Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, TBA
Nov. 18 (Sat.): NAIA National Championship opening round at campus sites, TBA
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 (Tue.-Sat.): NAIA National Championship final site at Sioux City, Iowa, TBA

All times are Central except where noted
Schedules are subject to change

Ed Cassiere, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

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