Defending Big Ten champion women's volleyball announces 2013 schedule

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Coming off its 15th Big Ten championship overall and a 33-3 record in 2012, the Penn State's women's volleyball team is looking forward to another strong campaign in 2013 and Thursday (May 23) announced it's schedule for the upcoming season. Russ Rose and his squad host two tournaments in Rec Hall, will travel to Austin for the Nike Volleyball Big Four Tournament and have a packed conference slate once again to challenge the team.

After a 17-0 home record in 2012, this season's action starts with the Penn State Invitational on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions will kick-off 2013 with a 7 p.m. match on Friday, Aug. 30 vs. Syracuse followed by a pair of matches on Saturday, Aug. 31, including a 7 p.m. match with Louisville.

The team next hits the road for Nike Volleyball Big Four Tournament action on Sept. 7 and 8. Penn State squares off against the host Longhorns at 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 before taking on Florida at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 8. Penn State went undefeated in last year's Nike Volleyball Big Four Tournament with wins over Stanford (3-2) and Texas (3-0).

The team continues its road swing at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament with three games over two days (Sept. 20-21). A weekend full of action awaits back in Happy Valley Sept. 27-28 for the Penn State Classic. The Nittany Lions host Albany Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., and Eastern Kentucky (10 a.m.) and Yale (8 p.m.) on Sat., Sept. 21.

The conference season begins on Sept. 27 for the defending Big Ten champions, who posted a 19-1 conference record last season. Michigan State (Sept. 27, 7 p.m.) and Michigan (Sept. 28, 7 p.m.) visit Rec Hall to kick off the conference slate. Next, the Nittany Lions travel to Indiana (Oct. 4) and Purdue (Oct. 5) for a pair of 7 p.m. matches.

Penn State returns home on Oct. 11-12 to meet Minnesota (Oct. 11, 7 p.m.) and Wisconsin (Oct. 12, 7 p.m.) before hitting the road for matches at Illinois (Oct. 18) and Northwestern (Oct. 19).

The Nittany Lions' first Big Ten mid-week showdown is Weds., Oct. 23 when Ohio State comes to town for a 7 p.m. match. Iowa visits Rec Hall that weekend for a 7 p.m. match on Sat., Oct. 26.

November begins with a road swing to Michigan (Nov. 1, 7 p.m.) and Michigan State (Nov. 2) for the Nittany Lions. Purdue and Indiana come to Happy Valley for a pair of 7 p.m. matches on Nov. 8-9.

The conference schedule continues its alternating home-and-away schedule for Penn State with a trip to Wisconsin (Nov. 15, 7 p.m.) and Minnesota (Nov. 16). The final regular season home weekend of the 2013 season will be Nov. 22-23. Penn State hosts Northwestern at 7 p.m. on Nov. 22 before welcoming Illinois to Rec Hall on Sat., Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.

Two more Big Ten matches finish the regular season slate for PSU. The Nittany Lions head to Columbus, Ohio, for a 7 p.m. match on Nov. 27 before traveling to Lincoln, Neb. for the team's only match-up next season with the Huskers. Penn State meets Nebraska in Lincoln, site of the Nittany Lions' only conference loss in 2012, on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. to cap the 2013 season.

Many match times on the Penn State women's volleyball schedule are still TBA and all are subject to change pending television schedules and other contributing factors, so check back often for the most up-to-date schedule or follow the team on Twitter or Facebook

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Last Updated May 24, 2013