Troy Volleyball reveals 2016 schedule

TROY, Ala. (  – Head coach Sonny Kirkpatrick and the Troy volleyball team released the Trojans’ 2016 schedule on Thursday.  The schedule features 13 matches at Trojan Arena, highlighted by a strong Trojan Invitational field and a visit from the Tennessee.

“I’m really excited about our 2016 schedule,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s a very challenging one that should prepare us well for Sun Belt play.  It’s a good mixture, especially in our non-conference tournaments, as far as styles of play.  Plus, we have some great match ups at Trojan Arena.”

Troy will open the 2016 season on Friday, Aug. 26 against USC Upstate in a tournament at ETSU.  The Trojans will also play ETSU and Austin Peay before its home opener against Southeastern Louisiana onTuesday, Aug. 30.

Troy will then host a strong field at the Trojan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3.  Joining the Trojans will be Austin Peay, Southern, Valparaiso and New Mexico State.  Valpo and New Mexico State won 27 and 28 matches last season, respectively, with the Aggies playing in the NCAA Championships.

The Trojan Invitational will feature five matches on Friday and three on Saturday, the same day as Troy’s football opener at home against Austin Peay.

Troy volleyball will also play tournaments at Alabama State and Mississippi State before opening Sun Belt play at home against Texas State on Friday, Sept. 23.

With the addition of Coastal Carolina, the Sun Belt will split into East and West divisions in volleyball.  Troy will play in the East with Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama.

Troy will play those teams twice each while playing the West Division teams once each.  Troy will play just seven home Sun Belt matches while traveling for nine Sun Belt matches.

The Trojans will close the Sun Belt schedule with a tough road trip to Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina on Nov. 11 and Nov. 13, respectively.  Troy will close the regular season on the road for the fifth straight season.

Mixed in the middle of the Sun Belt schedule is Tennessee’s visit to Trojan Arena on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and a non-conference home match against Florida A&M on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The top four teams from each division will qualify for the Sun Belt Championships which will begin held at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 18.

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