In preparation for the 2015 season, the Arizona volleyball program has released its 32-match schedule, head coach Dave Rubio announced on Wednesday. Arizona will play 15 nationally televised games, including one on ESPNU and 14 Pac-12 Networks matches.
Coming off its best season in a decade, Arizona will look to keep it rolling in 2015 beginning with a 12-match nonconference schedule that includes a marquee matchup with perennial contender Texas during the Wildcat Classic as well as a bout with Rubio's alma mater and solid volleyball program Cal State Northridge as well as Power Five clubs Syracuse and Ohio State in the Blackbird Invitational. The nonconference season is made up of four three-match tournaments, two of which will be played at McKale Center.
The Wildcats open up the season at the SMU Invite (Aug. 28-29) with matchups against Southern Methodist, Texas State and Abilene Christian.
UA then hosts South Dakota, Florida A&M and Cal State Northridge for the Arizona Invitational the following weekend (Sept. 4-5).
The following weekend, Arizona is Empire State-bound as the Cats head to Long Island to compete in the Blackbird Invitational (Sept. 11-12) with games vs. Ohio State, Syracuse and host LIU Brooklyn.
The Cats close out non-conference play at home with the Wildcat Classic (Sept. 18-19) when Arizona hosts New Mexico State, Texas and Savannah State.
Pac-12 begins the following week with a Territorial Cup showdown in Tempe against Arizona State on Sept. 24, aired by the Pac-12 Networks. This kicks off a stretch of 11 straight matches on national television.
In all, 15 of Arizona's 20 conference matches are on national television, including Arizona's Sept. 27 matchup with Oregon. The Cats and the Ducks meet at McKale Center with ESPNU in town to broadcast the action.
Arizona returns four starters and seven letterwinners from a 24-10 2013 squad that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 13-8 and in third place in a conference which sent a record 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats welcome a recruiting class that is ranked 14th by
as well as a slew of talented transfers.