2018 Liberty Volleyball Schedule (ASUN Matches) The Liberty volleyball team, in its first year under the direction of Head Coach Trevor Johnson, contests its first season as an ASUN Conference member in 2018. The Lady Flames' inaugural 16-match ASUN schedule was announced today.
"We are extremely excited about the upcoming 2018 season and our inaugural first year in the ASUN Conference!" Johnson said. "The conference as a whole is very strong top to bottom. We are ready to accept the challenge, and will embrace it with open arms. We look forward to traveling to these new cities and states as we look to grow the Liberty brand. We can't wait to get in the gym in August and start training."
The ASUN Conference schedule features double round robin play, so Liberty will face each of the other eight conference members both home and away. Liberty's conference schedule features a unique twist this season, opening with four straight away matches before spending the entire month of October playing home conference contests at the Vines Center. Liberty will then close out the ASUN slate with four away matches in a row. The Lady Flames open ASUN play in Jacksonville, Fla., taking on both North Florida (Sept. 21) and Jacksonville (Sept. 22). Liberty's first ASUN match at the Vines Center will be Oct. 5 against Lipscomb.
Kennesaw State won both the ASUN regular-season and tournament championships in 2017, the Owls' first ASUN volleyball title. Lipscomb has won five out of the last nine ASUN tournament crowns, including back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016. Jacksonville, last year's ASUN regular-season runner-up, captured conference tournament titles in 2013 and 2014.
The ASUN has fared well on the national stage, earning two bids to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship (Jacksonville and Lipscomb). The ASUN champion has won one set in the NCAA Tournament as recently as 2015, when Lipscomb dropped a four-set match to UCLA. Fellow ASUN newcomer North Alabama, now transitioning to NCAA Division I, made the last three NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championships, and won the national title in 2003.
The 2018 ASUN Volleyball Championship will be a six-team tournament, held at KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Ga. North Alabama is ineligible for postseason play during its transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, so all but two of the eligible teams will qualify for the conference tournament. The winner of the ASUN Volleyball Championship will earn the ASUN's automatic berth into the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship.
Liberty's 2018 ASUN schedule is listed below. The Lady Flames' non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date.
2018 Liberty Volleyball ASUN Schedule Sept. 21 (6 p.m.) - at North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.) Sept. 22 (6 p.m.) - at Jacksonville (Jacksonville Sept. 28 (8 p.m.) - at North Alabama (Florence, Ala.) Sept. 30 (1 p.m.) - at NJIT (Newark, N.J.) Oct. 5 (6 p.m.) - Home vs. Lipscomb Oct. 7 (1 p.m.) - Home vs. Kennesaw State Oct. 12 (6 p.m.) - Home vs. Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 14 (1 p.m.) - Home vs. Stetson Oct. 19 (6 p.m.) - Home vs. Jacksonville Oct. 21 (1 p.m.) - Home vs. North Florida Oct. 26 (6 p.m.) - Home vs. NJIT Oct. 28 (1 p.m.) - Home vs. North Alabama Nov. 2 (7 p.m.) - at Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, Ga.) Nov. 4 (2 p.m.) - at Lipscomb (Nashville, Tenn.) Nov. 8 (6 p.m.) - at Stetson (DeLand, Fla.) Nov. 10 (6 p.m.) - at Florida Gulf Coast (Fort Myers, Fla.) Nov. 15-17 - ASUN Volleyball Championship (Kennesaw, Ga.) * - Times listed are Eastern and subject to change.
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