The 2013 Big East Conference championships are in Omaha, Nebraska on
November 29 - 30.
The Creighton Bluejays, Cincinnati Bearcats, Georgetown Hoyas,
Louisville Cardinals, Marquette Golden Eagles, St. John's Red Storm,
Villanova Wildcats, Seton Hall, Providence College and the Xavier
Musketeers are all vying for the top spot in the conference playoffs.
The newcomers this year are Creighton formerly of the Missouri Valley
Conference, Butler, Creighton and Xavier both formerly of the Atlantic
10, four experienced teams that aim to give perennial contender
Marquette and Big East champion Louisville a run for the 2013 title.
Check out our previews of each team's preseason tournament games.
To start the 2013 season, Coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth presents the
Blue/White scrimmage on August 23 in the D. J. Sokol Arena.
On August 30 - 31 attends the Hampton Inn Invitational in Bowling
Green, Ohio where they confront BYU and host Bowling Green.
Creighton hosts their own Bluejay Invitational on September 6 - 7 with
teams flying in from both coasts, Cal Berkeley from the West and South
Florida from the southeast and with Northern Colorado joining the fray in
the two-day event.
Kansas comes to Creighton on September 10 before the Bluejays attend
the Denver Invitational featuring Cal State Northridge, past NCAA
champions UCLA and hosts Denver.
The Shocker Classic a three-day event in Wichita, Kansas features
Hawaii, South Dakota and Wichita State on September 20 -22.
The Bluejays travel to Indianapolis for an away game at Butler on Friday
Oct 4 is the first Big East conference match for Creighton.
On August 30 Butler starts their preseason at the Cincinnati Invitational
where they face Morehead State and Tennessee in a two-day
On September 3 they face IUPUI before travelling to Arizona for the
Arizona Classic to battle against Utah Valley, Eastern Kentucky and
Arizona for a tournament title.
With a home game against Wright State on September 10, the Bulldogs
host the Butler Invitational on September 13 - 14 with visiting teams
from Illinois State, IPFW and Michigan State visiting their home volleyball
court, the Hinkle Fieldhouse to compete.
Their last tournament is at home where they present the Butler Classic
with Green Bay, UT Martin, and Toledo on September 20 - 21 before
they begin their Big Sky conference matches starting on September 27
Coach Molly Alvey and the Lady Bearcats plan to have a competitive
season in the Fifth Third Arena.
The Arena is the site of the UC Invitational on August 30 with Morehead
State, Tennessee, and Butler come for two days.
Next, the Bearcats travel to Athens, Ohio for the Ohio Invitational to
compete against Dayton, North Carolina and the hosts Ohio on
September 6 - 7.
The second home tournament, the third of the season is in the Fifth
Third Arena and takes place on September 13 - 14 when the Bearcats
host Navy, Cleveland State and Northern Kentucky.
For the last tournament on September 20 -21, Cincinnati attends the
Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational where they meet
Duquesne, Eastern Michigan and Michigan State.
The Big East Conference volleyball season begins at home against
Temple on September 27.
McDonough Arena is home to Coach Arlisa Williams Hoyas volleyball
team who start the season the last week in August.
The DC Challenge is up first on August 30 - 31 with participating teams
from Howard, American and George Mason.
On September 3, the Hoyas scheduled a match against Liberty before
travelling to Buies Creek, North Carolina for the Campbell Tournament
with visitors from Indiana State, North Carolina Central and the host
Campbell on September 6 - 7.
On September 11, is a second non conference match this time in
McDonough Arena against George Washington.
Two more tournaments are on the docket, starting with a trip to
Gainesville Florida for the Active Ankle Challenge on September 13 -14
with the invitees Western Maryland, Iona and the host Florida, followed
by the Gold & Blue Players Challenge with West Virginia and UMBC going
to Morgantown, West Virginia along with the Bearcats.
Cincinnati travels to Villanova, Pennsylvania for their first Big East
Conference volleyball competition against Villanova on September 28.
The Cardinals coached by veteran Anne Kordes start with their alumnae
match on August 24 and played in the Cardinal Arena their home
The Cards turn up the volume challenging themselves against former
NCAA champions Penn State Lady Lions at the Penn State Invitational
on August 30 -31 where they are joined by Syracuse.
The Cardinals fly to Fargo, North Dakota for the Fargo Doublewood Inn
Classic featuring Northern Iowa, nationally ranked Wisconsin and hosts
North Dakota State.
The Bluegrass Battle is up next in Lexington, Kentucky where Minnesota,
Kentucky and Pepperdine will also duke it out.
Before the first Big East conference game against Memphis on
September 27, Louisville hosts Virginia Tech, Rice and Bowling Green in
the two-day Active Ankle Challenge.
The Golden Eagles begin the season travelling to Bowling Green,
Ohio for the Hampton Invitational hosted by the Bowling Green State
Coach Bond Shymansky pits his team against BYU and hosts Bowling
Green in the two day tournament.
The Al Maguire Center is the place for the next home tournament, the
Marquette Challenge where TCU and USC come to test the skills of the
Lady Golden Eagles.
The FGCU Invitational is next for the Eagles who travel to Fort Myers,
Florida to compete against former NCAA Champions Penn State, Central
Arkansas and the host FGCU team.
The Eagles travel to Wiscon for a midweek match against Green Bay
before returning back home to host their second tournament, the
Marquette Invitational featuring teams from Florida and Milwaukee.
On September 25, Marquette plays Illinois State in the Al Maguire Center
before going to Chicago to play DePaul in the first Big East conference
game of the season.
Coach Joanne Persico leads the Red Storm this year, her 20th in a
Carnesecca Arena, named for Lou Carnesseca Hall of Fame Coach, is
home to Red Storm home games and tournaments.
The Colgate Classic is the first tournament for the Storm on August 30 -
31 where they go up against teams from Binghamton, Central
Connecticut and host Colgate.
From Hamilton to Queens New York, the Red Storm visit the Taffner
Field House for a match against Siena on September 2 before travelling
to the New Hampshire hosted Holly Young Invitational on September 6 -
7 to compete against Missouri State, Brown and New Hampshire.
The first home match in Carnesecca Arena is against Stony Brook on
A trip to the O'Keefe Gymnasium on the campus of Georgia Tech for the
Georgia Tech Courtyard Classic takes place on September 13 -`14 with
the Ramblin Wreck, Connecticut and Troy.
A third preseason match is scheduled against Fordham at home on
September 17 before the last tournament road trip to Rhode Island for
the Bryant Invitational to compete against Stony Brook, UMass-Lowell
and host Bryant on September 20 - 21.
The last preseason match is against Northeastern on September 22 on
the Solomon Court followed by the first Big East conference volleyball
game against Seton Hall.
Wildcats coach Josh Steinbach begins his seventh year with Villanova
where home games and tournaments are held on campus in the Jake
First up is a trip to Rochester, Michigan for the Golden Grizzlies
Invitational on August 30 - 31 to meet teams from Oregon State,
Oakland and Central Michigan.
Nebraska is the scene of the next competition involving three teams
including Southern Miss, Villanova and the Cornhuskers on September 6
- 7 followed by a midweek match against Lehigh on September 10.
A third road trip to College Park, Maryland for the Maryland Invitational
is on the calendar for September 13 - 14 with George Mason, New
Hampshire and host Maryland.
The Wildcats host their own tournament, the Villanova Classic on
September 20 - 21 with Sacred heart, Norfolk State and Penn coming to
The 'Cats start their Big East conference volleyball season with a match
against Georgetown on September 28 at home in the Jake Nevin Field
Coach Mike Johnson starts the Musketeers season at home on August
30 - 31 with the Xavier Invitational featuring Michigan, Clemson and NKU
doing battle on Xavier's home court, the Cintas Center.
The Musketeers travel to Pittsburgh for the Duquesne/Robert Morris
Invitational where Central Michigan rounds out the four teams
competing the weekend of September 6 - 7.
Miami of Ohio comes to Cincinnati for a Musketeers home game on
Tuesday, September 10 before Xavier goes on the road to the Sports
Imports DC Koehl Classic hosted by Ohio State with teams from SEMO,
The Musketeers travel to the west coast for the UC Irvine Invitational
presented by Coach Paula Weishoff and the Anteaters. There, they will
compete against Fresno State, Irvine and American.
On Friday September 27, Xavier meets Butler in Indianapolis for their
first Big East conference match of the season.
Coach Allie Yaeger will begin her third season at the helm of the Pirates
women's team who compete regularly in the Walsh Gym.
Seton Hall begins the tournament season at West Point for the US
Military Academy Invitational with University of Alabama, West Point and
Washington State University on August 30 -31.
The Yale University Tournament on September 6 - 7 is next in New
Haven, Connecticut with participants from Colgate, University of
Missouri and the host Yale.
Two regular matches are scheduled starting with Rutgers on September
11 and Princeton on September 17 followed by the University of Virginia
Tournament on September 20 -21 with the College of William & Mary,
Columbia and the host Virginia.
On September 27, the first Big East Conference volleyball match for
Seton Hall is scheduled against St. John's Red Storm.
The Cassell Coliseum is home to Coach Margot Royer Johnston and the
Lady Friars and the site of their first tournament at home, The Virginia
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