June 27, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Coming off of a third consecutive regional final appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its sixth-straight 20-win season, the Arizona volleyball program officially announced its 2003 schedule today.
With a total of 30 regular season matches scheduled, the Wildcats face tough slate in 2003. In addition to playing 18 matches in a conference that sent a Pac-10 record eight teams to the NCAA Tournament, four to the Elite Eight, two to the national finals and also had the national champion crowned from it, Arizona will also take on seven teams that qualified for the 2002 NCAA Tournament in non-conference action.
The Wildcats will open the season on the road at the end of August with a trip to Malibu, Calif., at the Pepperdine Classic. Arizona will take on 2002 BIG EAST champion Notre Dame in the first match of the year on Aug. 29, and will square off against Eastern Washington, which finished 29-2 in 2002 and ranked 24th in the final AVCA poll, and host school Pepperdine, a regional finalist last season in the NCAA Tournament, to close out the weekend.
The Wildcats then return home to play host to a pair of tournaments, the 20th-annual Wildcat Classic, Sept. 4-6, and the Arizona Invitational, Sept. 12-13. Arizona will welcome San Diego State, Rhode Island and 2002 NCAA participants Santa Clara and Miami (Fla.) in the Wildcat Classic. The field for the Wildcat Invitational the next weekend is filled out with New Mexico State, American University and UC Santa Barbara. Both American and UCSB participated in the NCAA postseason last year.
The opening of the Pac-10 schedule closes out September with a three-match road trip against Washington State, Washington and Arizona State. A trip to Los Angeles for a meeting with UCLA and defending national champions USC the second week of October is sandwich around home matches against the Bay Area and Oregon schools.
Arizona will take a break from conference play at the mid point of the Pac-10 season with a trip to Hawaii to take on the Rainbow Wahine on Oct. 19. Hawaii finished the 2002 season 34-2 overall after falling to Stanford in the Final Four.
Returning to conference play, Arizona will reverse its home and away opponents, hosting Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Washington State and Washington, while traveling to the Oregon schools and the Bay Area through out the end of October and most of November.
The Wildcats will conclude their regular season against Santa Barbara in California on Nov. 29.
The opening rounds of the 2003 NCAA Tournament are scheduled to start the weekend of Dec. 4-7. The 2003 Final Four, Dec. 18-20, is to played in Dallas, Texas, this year.
2003 Arizona Volleyball Schedule Date Day Opponent Site Time # August 29 Fri. Notre Dame ^ Malibu, Calif. 5 p.m. 30 Sat. Eastern Washington ^ Malibu, Calif. Noon 30 Sat. Pepperdine ^ Malibu, Calif. 7 p.m. September 4 Thurs. San Diego State ! Tucson, Ariz. 10 a.m. 4 Thurs. Santa Clara ! Tucson, Ariz. 7:30 p.m. 5 Fri. Miami (Fla.) ! Tucson, Ariz. 7:30 p.m. 6 Sat. Rhode Island ! Tucson, Ariz. Noon 12 Fri. New Mexico State @ Tucson, Ariz. 10 a.m. 12 Fri. Santa Barbara @ Tucson, Ariz. 7:30 p.m. 13 Sat. American @ Tucson, Ariz. Noon 18 Thurs. at Washington State * Pullman, Wash. 7 p.m. 19 Fri. at Washington * Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m. 26 Fri. at Arizona State * Tempe, Ariz. 7 p.m. October 3 Fri. Stanford * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 4 Sat. California * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 10 Fri. at UCLA * Los Angeles, Calif. 7 p.m. 11 Sat. at USC * Los Angeles, Calif. 7:30 p.m. 16 Thurs. Oregon * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 17 Fri. Oregon State * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 19 Sun. at Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii 7 p.m. 25 Sat. Arizona State * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 30 Thurs. at Stanford * Palo Alto, Calif. 7 p.m. 31 Fri. at California * Berkeley, Calif. 7 p.m. November 6 Thurs. UCLA * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 7 Fri. USC * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 13 Thurs. at Oregon * Eugene, Ore. 7 p.m. 14 Fri. at Oregon State * Corvallis, Ore. 7 p.m. 21 Fri. Washington * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 22 Sat. Washington State * Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m. 29 Sat. Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. 7 p.m. December 4-7 Thurs.-Sun. NCAA Tournament TBA TBA First and Second Rounds 11-14 Thurs.-Sun. NCAA Regionals TBA TBA 18-20 Thurs.-Sat. NCAA Final Four Dallas, Texas TBA^ Pepperdine Classic (Pepperdine host) ! Wildcat Classic (Tucson, Ariz., Arizona host) @ Arizona Invitational (Tucson, Ariz., Arizona host) * Pacific-10 Conference Match # All match times are local to the site and are subject to change without notice.