Entering its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, the University of Louisville volleyball team will play a full 18-match league schedule to highlight a 31-match regular season slate in 2013.
"Coming off a record breaking season with regards to national rank, RPI, and attendance in 2012, I believe a main factor in continuing to have national success is to play a nationally competitive schedule," said head coach Anne Kordes. "Our 2013 schedule boasts some of the toughest teams in the nation with the matches against Penn State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pepperdine, Northern Iowa, Wichita State, and Bowling Green, along with future ACC opponent Virginia Tech. I could not be more excited to be back in the KFC YUM! Center for the fall as it allowed us to attract a larger fan base and create an unforgiving home environment for our opponents."
The Cardinal slate will feature eight 2012 NCAA participants, eight regionally ranked teams, five nationally ranked teams and 10 teams in the top 100 in RPI. UofL will play in four tournaments, including its own Active Ankle Challenge.
To get the season underway, Louisville will host an Alumni Match on Aug. 24 in one of the most popular traditions in Cardinal Volleyball. UofL opens up the 2013 campaign with the first of four tournaments in the season's first four weeks, at the Penn State Invitational (Aug. 30-31) that will also feature future ACC opponent Syracuse. The Cards then head west to the Fargo Doublewood Inn Classic (Sept. 6-7) hosted by North Dakota State, featuring regional powers Northern Iowa and Wisconsin. Next up will be the Bluegrass Battle in Lexington where U of L will face rival Kentucky (Sept. 10) as well as Minnesota (Sept. 13) and Pepperdine (Sept. 14). The Cardinals' home opening Active Ankle Challenge will feature Virginia Tech (Sept. 20), Rice (Sept. 21) and Bowling Green State (Sept .21). All four tournaments opponents make for an ambitious slate as the Cardinals vie to position themselves for their 24th NCAA appearance.
The Cardinals begin their conference journey at home as travel partners Memphis (Sept. 27) and Temple (Sept. 29) visit the KFC Yum! Center. UofL hits the road for SMU (Oct. 4) and Houston (Oct. 6), two old CUSA rivals-turned AAC opponents in Texas. Two Florida schools will swing through the KFC Yum! Center as USF (Oct. 11) and UCF (Oct. 13) visit before a daunting stretch of seven straight road matches starting with non-conference foe Wichita State (Oct. 15), followed by old rival Cincinnati (Oct. 18) before a non-conference matchup with Middle Tennessee (Oct. 22) to wrap up their non-conference slate. They return to The American with Rutgers (Oct. 25), Connecticut (Oct. 27), Temple (Nov. 1) and Memphis (Nov.3) on tap.
The Cards come home to the Ville to face Houston (Nov. 8) and SMU (Nov. 10) but then head right back out for a Florida swing with UCF (Nov. 15) and USF (Nov. 17). As the American doesn't sponsor a conference tournament the regular season concludes with three home matches – Cincinnati (Nov. 22, UConn (Nov. 27) and Rutgers (Nov. 29).
Louisville is coming off a history-making 2012 season where they went 30-4, won both the Big East Regular Season and the Big East Tournament and qualified for the NCAA Championship for the 23rd time and posted a school record RPI of 4. UofL returns three USA A2 National team members in Caitlin Welch, Brooke Mattingly, Hannah Kvitle and boast a nationally ranked recruiting class.
Louisville is 124-27 all-time against current AAC teams. The American will include UConn, Memphis, Cincinnati, Temple, Central Florida, South Florida, Houston, SMU, Louisville and Rutgers next year.
2013 Season tickets are now on sale with 7-match plans beginning at just $6 per match for all the exciting action at the KFC Yum! Center this fall. In addition, fans who purchase season tickets for the KFC Yum! Center will have the first chance to purchase tickets for matches at Cardinal Arena. Find ticket information at <a href=" https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/uofl/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=170" target="_blank">Tickets</a>
or by calling (502) 852-5151.