May 29, 2013
Printable 2013 Schedule
SPRINGFIELD -- The 2013 Missouri State volleyball schedule has been completed and includes a total of 31 matches, 14 of those at Hammons Student Center in Springfield. The Bears will play nine matches against seven teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including five on a challenging non-conference schedule.
That non-league schedule begins August 30-31 in Dayton, Ohio, against a trio of 20-match winners from last season in Northeastern, Tulsa and Dayton. Those three finished 2012 with a combined record of 73-22, with Tulsa and Dayton advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears visit Durham, N.H., a week later to face St. John's, Brown, and host New Hampshire, before the annual Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational takes place Sept. 13-14 at Hammons Student Center. MSU will welcome Middle Tennessee, Alabama A&M and Oklahoma to Springfield for the event.
Missouri State also has four single-match dates in the non-conference, all against 20-match winners from last season. MSU will visit Northern Illinois (Sept. 2) and Colorado State (Sept. 11), and host Kansas State (Sept. 22) and Southeast Missouri State (Oct. 29). CSU and KSU each qualified for last season's NCAA Tournament.
Missouri Valley Conference play begins Sept. 19 at Wichita State, and the Bears will play a full 18-match home-and-home league schedule that ends Nov. 22 at home against WSU. Loyola University Chicago replaces Creighton in the league in 2013. The MVC Championship takes place Nov. 28-30 in Wichita, Kan.
In total, MSU's 2013 opponents went 375-307 (.550) a season ago, with seven of the 22 teams boasting an RPI of 49 or better and nine finishing amongst the top 100. The Bears will play 13 total matches against those top-100 teams and 19 matches against schools with a winning record last season.
The 2013 season will be the 18th under head coach Melissa Stokes. Stokes has guided the Bears to a 373-179 mark since taking over in 1996, and the team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in seven of the last 10 seasons. The Bears have recorded 14 consecutive winning seasons, and recently completed an 8-0 record in exhibition matches in Nicaragua, the first college team from the U.S. to finish that circuit unbeaten.