New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the 2012 volleyball schedule, Friday, June 15, which features a home tournament as well as five teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.
"We're going to try to get as many wins against the top-75 RPI teams as we can," Jordan said. "The more teams we play at that level, the more chances we get for those quality wins."
The Aggies open the season on the road in the Northern Illinois Tournament from Aug. 24-25. Teams playing in the tournament include Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, and Wichita State.
After the Northern Illinois Tournament, NM State will host a home tournament featuring Drake, Northwestern, and Cincinnati. Their first home game will come during the tournament against Cincinnati, a participant in last years NCAA Tournament.
Following the home tournament, NM State will take part in the Colorado State Tournament, Sept. 7-8. Teams competing in the tournament include Colorado State, Pepperdine, and Florida International. Both Colorado State and Pepperdine made the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
NM State opens the 2012 Western Athletic Conference season, Sept. 13, when it travels to Seattle University, who is in its first season in the WAC, followed by a match at Idaho, Sept. 15. The Aggies face Louisiana Tech in their conference-home opener, Sept. 20 by a home against Texas-Arlington, Sept. 22. The WAC Tournament will be held Oct. 18- 21 at the University of Texas-San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas.
"I'm disappointed we lost Hawaii, but some of the teams coming into the WAC are really competitive," said Jordan. "I'm excited to see what this season brings."
The Aggies will travel to UTEP, Sept. 26 and New Mexico, Oct. 23 in non-conference play.
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