NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma Athletics Director Joe Castiglione and head volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo announced the Sooners’ 2010 schedule Wednesday afternoon. A total of 14 home games at Howard McCasland Field House are featured, including the OU Nike Invitational August 27-28.
Oklahoma host Wichita State, Texas-Arlington and Miami (Fla.) in the two-day event at McCasland Field House. The Sooners welcome Central Arkansas on September 1 before hitting the road to close out non-conference play.
OU is scheduled to participate in tournament at Houston (September 3-4) against Houston, Florida State and Tennessee and Missouri State (September 10-11) against the host Bears, Saint Louis and Utah. The Sooners travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for a contest against the University of Arkansas on September 7.
“We face an extremely tough non-conference schedule,” said Oklahoma head coach Santiago Restrepo. “We’re excited to host the OU Nike Invitational. We’re going to face some strong competition on the road in the other tournaments, as well. It’ll help us prepare for the Big 12 schedule.”
The Sooners open Big 12 play in mid-September and face another stout schedule. OU opens on the road at Colorado and then returns home to host Texas Tech. After a road game at Iowa State, the Sooners welcome perennial power Nebraska to McCasland Field House on September 29 for a re-match from last year’s five-set thriller.
Away contests at Baylor and Kansas State open October before Missouri and national runner-up Texas come to Norman. The Sooners close out the month at Kansas, against Texas A&M at home and travel to Tech to begin the second rotation and host Baylor on October 30.
In the last month of regular season competition, OU travels to A&M and Texas before a two-game homestand with Colorado and Iowa State. A return trip to Lincoln, Kansas State at home, Missouri on the road and Kansas at home finalizes the regular season schedule.
“The Big 12 is obviously a very stacked conference,” Restrepo said. “Every single match is hard-fought. Every team will be a challenge. This is a highly competitive league.”
Oklahoma returns nine letterwinners from last season’s NCAA Tournament team. The squad finished 18-12 overall and 11-9 in the Big 12 to garner a fourth-place finish. The Sooners return five position starters and the libero and welcomes five newcomers.