2012 Volleyball Season Begins This Week
The LMU volleyball team returned to campus this week in preparation for the new season.
Aug. 8, 2012
The quest for the 2012 West Coast Conference volleyball championship began this week, as the LMU volleyball team returned to campus to prepare for the new season. Tom Black, who enters his third year at the helm of the program, returns six players and three starters from a team that finished 14-16 overall in 2011.
This year's slate consists 30 matches, including 15 matches at home. In addition to the 15 in Gersten Pavilion, the Lions will host three non-LMU matches as part of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational to begin the year.
Fans wishing to see all 15 home matches can take advantage of LMU's new 2012 season ticket campaign. LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to not only volleyball, but to women's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's water polo, women's water polo, softball and baseball at one low price. For just $30, you get access to all home preseason and regular season events for volleyball and these additional seven Division I programs - more than 100 home games at LMU! In addition, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket comes with the limited edition LMU Scarf, which is your access to those 100-plus games. To order your yearlong pass, click on the link at the top of this page.
As part of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Invitational, LMU will host Connecticut to open the 2012 season on August 24. The Lions will then meet Iona and UC Santa Barbara to finish tournament play on the 25th.
The home slate continues with three more tournament matches as the Lions and UC Irvine share hosting duties at the LMU/UCI Dual Tournament. The Lions will welcome Colgate to Gersten on August 31 to open tournament play before UC Irvine and Arizona State close the six-match homestand.
LMU hits the road for the first time in 2012 the following weekend, playing at the High Point University Invitational before heading to Notre Dame for a tournament from September 14-15. The High Point Invitational features the host Panthers, Virginia Tech and George Mason. LMU opens play at the Notre Dame Invitational with a match against Kansas on September 14. The Lions will then play Notre Dame and Xavier in the final match before West Coast Conference play begins.
The conference season kicks-off on September 20 at Saint Mary's, capping a string of seven straight matches on the road. Fortunately for the Lions, the next six matches will be played at home, beginning with San Francisco and NCAA qualifier San Diego. The match with the Toreros is slated for September 27, followed two days later by a non-conference showdown with Cal State Bakersfield.
LMU gets its first look at BYU on October 4 at home before meeting Saint Mary's for the second and final time on October 6. The final home match of the string will bring Santa Clara to LMU on October 11 before the Lions hit the road to San Diego (October 13), Gonzaga (October 18) and Portland (October 20).
LMU will renew its rivalry with defending WCC Champion Pepperdine on October 25 on the road before hosting Gonzaga and Portland on October 27 and November 1, respectively. After traveling to BYU for a match on November 3, the Lions will play host for the final time during the regular season, welcoming Pepperdine to campus for a PCH Cup match on November 8.
The regular season concludes with three straight road matches, beginning with Cal State Northridge on November 10 and concluding with matches at WCC-foes Santa Clara (November 15) and San Francisco (November 17).
Before embarking on the 2012 season, LMU will welcome back former players for the annual Alumnae Match on August 18 at 1 p.m.