May 19, 2014
2014 MSU Volleyball Schedule
SPRINGFIELD -- The 2014 Missouri State volleyball schedule has been completed and includes a total of 30 matches, 13 of those at Hammons Student Center in Springfield. The Bears will play seven matches against six teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including five during a non-conference schedule that is highlighted by a trip to 2013 NCAA runner-up Wisconsin.
That non-league schedule begins August 29-30 in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Bears will play New Mexico State, Utah and Montana State. NMSU and Utah each won more than 20 matches and qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.
The annual Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational takes place Sept. 4-6 at Hammons Student Center, with Oral Roberts, Western Kentucky, Incarnate Word and Milwaukee visiting Springfield. Three of those schools finished among the nation’s top 100 last season in terms of RPI.
The Bears visit Madison, Wis., a week later to face Ball State, Wisconsin and Miami (Fla.). The host Badgers advanced to the national title match last season, while Miami also played in the Big Dance and Ball State finished 24-8. Missouri State also has two single-match dates in the non-conference with visits to Kansas State on Sept. 8 and Southeast Missouri State on Oct. 13.
Missouri Valley Conference play begins Sept. 19 against Indiana State, and the Bears will play a full 18-match home-and-home league schedule that ends Nov. 22 on the road against the Sycamores. The MVC Championship takes place Nov. 27-29, with the site to be determined later this month.
In total, MSU’s 2014 opponents went 375-282 (.571) a season ago, with 12 of the 21 teams boasting an RPI of 100 or better. The Bears will play 15 total matches against those top-100 teams and 18 matches against schools with a winning record last season.
The 2014 season will be the 19th under head coach Melissa Stokes. Stokes has guided the Bears to a 394-190 mark since taking over in 1996, and the team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in seven of the last 11 seasons while reaching the 20-win mark 14 times in the last 15 years.