Jan. 19, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Mizzou volleyball program has announced its tentative 2010 season schedule, which is highlighted by three early-season tournaments and 20 Big 12 matches. Mizzou will open its 2010 season at home with the Tiger Invitational, marking the second-straight season in which the Tigers will open their campaign at home. Teams from Maryland, Nevada and Utah Valley will compete in the Tiger Invitational, a tournament that the Tigers won last season. The Tiger Invitational will be held from Aug. 27-28.
Following the Tiger Invitational, Mizzou will hit the road for two consecutive weekends, highlighted by a trip to California to take part in the Pepperdine Asics Classic from Sept. 3-4. Joining the Tigers and Waves at the four-team invite will be Rice and East Washington. Pepperdine ended the 2009 season with a 16-11 overall record and was receiving votes in the final AVCA Top 25 poll. The trip will also give the Tigers a view of sunny Malibu, Calif., marking the Tigers' first trip to the Golden State since 2006, when they took part in the Long Beach State Invitational.
Following the trip out West, Mizzou will return to the road for the Tulsa Invitational, hosted by the University of Tulsa on Sept. 10-11. The other two teams that will join Mizzou and Tulsa are still to be announced. That tournament will serve as the Tigers' final non-conference test before opening league play at Texas Tech on Sept. 15.
After the Tigers' Big 12 opener in Lubbock, Mizzou will return home for back-to-back home matches against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, starting with Iowa State on Sept. 18. Four days later, the Tigers will clash with 2009 national runner-up Texas at the Hearnes Center before hitting the road for two-straight road matches in the Sunflower State against Kansas State (Sept. 25) and at Kansas (Sept. 29).
Colorado and Nebraska will be the Tigers' next two opponents at the Hearnes Center as CU will battle the Tigers on Oct. 2 while Nebraska will come to Columbia on Oct. 6. The middle of October brings two more road trips for Mizzou as they will square off against a pair of NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago, both of whom the Tigers split the season series with in 2009. First up will be a trip to Norman, Okla., to battle the Sooners on Oct. 9; each school won last year's contest at home. Texas A&M will be the Tigers' next foe on Oct. 13. The series between Mizzou and Texas A&M was punctuated by what was perhaps the Tigers' most exciting match last season as Mizzou rallied to top Aggies, 3-2, despite dropping each of the first two sets. Paola Ampudia
(Cali, Colombia) also set the program's record for kills in a three-set match with her 26 in the season finale at Texas A&M, making the Tigers series with the Aggies one of the more exciting ones in 2009.
Mizzou will face Baylor at home on Oct. 16 to round out the first half of Big 12 play. The Tigers will go through the first 10 matches of league play without a break as their bye comes on Oct. 20, four days after their home match with Baylor. The second half of league play will be an immediate test for the Tigers as they head to Lincoln, Neb., for their second meeting with the Huskers on Oct. 23.
Kansas and Kansas State will head to Columbia for matches on Oct. 27 and Oct. 30, respectively, following the Tigers' trip to Lincoln, rounding out the month of October for Mizzou. November will open with back-to-back road trips to Colorado (Nov. 3) and Iowa State (Nov. 6) before two Texas teams - Texas Tech and Texas A&M - head to Columbia for matches on the Nov. 10 and Nov. 13, respectively.
A pair of Texas road trips will follow for the Tigers, starting with a Nov. 17 date with Texas in Austin. The Tigers will then travel to Baylor on Nov. 20 for their final road trip of the 2010 regular season. Senior day activities will be held on Nov. 24th when Oklahoma comes to the Hearnes Center for the Tigers' final regular season match of 2010. The match will also be Mizzou's six senior's final regular season home match.
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