Women's volleyball: Four top-25 matchups highlight opening weekend
College volleyball fans have every reason to be excited as four top 25 matchups will help kick off the 2017 NCAA women’s volleyball season this weekend. The season begins on Friday with an outstanding doubleheader that volleyball fans should be sure not to miss.
In total, nine top 25 teams will be in action this weekend.
No. 1 Texas vs. No. 12 Florida – 7:00 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
The preseason No. 1 team in the nation will begin its season with a pair of non-conference matches against top 25 teams. For the Longhorns, their first challenge comes in Gainesville against No. 12 Florida. Having lost in the previous two national championships, Texas will be looking to finish the season in the same fashion it is starting the year: ranked No. 1. But going into “The Swamp” to face the defending SEC champions will not be easy. Like Texas, Florida will be tested early with two top 10 matchups on their home floor. Along with defending their regular season conference title, the Gators will be looking to win their first conference tournament title since 2005 and make their first Final Four appearance since 2003.
No. 23 Utah vs. No. 14 Kentucky – 9:00 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
The Gators are not the only SEC team in action this weekend, as the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats will have a trio of matches this weekend at home. Most notably, the Wildcats will host the Utah Utes from the Pac 12 Conference on Friday night in Lexington. Before the Utes arrive to town on Friday evening, Kentucky will play host to Arkansas State on Friday morning. On Saturday, the Wildcats will take on the Bearcats of Cincinnati to close out the weekend.
No. 5 Nebraska vs. No. 12 Florida – 5:00 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Yes, this won’t be an easy opening weekend for the Gators. At the very least, Florida is really going to see where its team stands after facing the Longhorns and Cornhuskers. On Saturday, the defending Big Ten champions will take the court against the Gators in Gainesville. Like Texas, the Cornhuskers will begin their journey back to the Final Four in “The Swamp”. Ranked No. 5 to start the season, Nebraska will be hoping to reclaim the national title after winning it in 2015.
No. 18 Oregon vs. No. 1 Texas – 7:30 p.m. ET
After facing the Gators in Gainesville on Friday night, the Longhorns will travel home for their first home match of the season. But it shouldn’t be a cakewalk, as the No. 18 Oregon Ducks of the Pac 12 Conference will fly in looking to spring an upset on the road. The Ducks will be looking to get back to the Final Four for the first time since 2012, when they lost in the national championship. Ironically, that lost came to Texas, which hasn’t won a national championship since then.
Other notable games
Friday, August 25th
No. 19 Missouri vs. Marshall-1:30 p.m. ET
No. 19 Missouri vs. Middle Tennessee-6:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, August 26th
No. 19 Missouri vs. Northern Iowa-11:00 a.m. ET
No. 17 Michigan State vs. Auburn-11:00 a.m. ET
No. 25 Purdue vs. Alabama-3:00 p.m. ET
No. 19 Missouri vs. Austin Peay-4:00 p.m. ET
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