WILDCAT VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES 2008 SCHEDULE
2008 Schedule
DURHAM, N.H. – Jill Hirschinger, head coach of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team, has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2008 season.

The Wildcats open their 2008 campaign on Friday, August 29th at the James Madison Tournament with the host Dukes at 7 p.m. UNH will also play Virginia and Murray State on the second day of competition at JMU.

 “Our non-conference slate is very competitive again this year and should help us prepare for tough America East matches,” said Hirschinger. “We are competing against some of the toughest conferences in the country including the ACC, Big 10, Big East, CAA, Missouri Valley and Atlantic 10.”

UNH then heads south for the Delaware Tournament on Sept. 5-6. The Wildcats will open with the host Fighting Blue Hens and will also square off against Michigan State and Syracuse.

The Wildcats open their home slate with a single match against Bryant before hosting the Holly Young Invitational on Sept. 12th and 13th. UNH will open the tournament with Rhode Island (7 p.m.) on Friday, Sept. 12th at Lundholm Gymnasium and they will face Evansville (12:30 p.m.) and Seton Hall (7 p.m.) on Saturday on the Wildcat campus in Durham.

UNH will open America East conference play on Friday, Oct. 3rd at UMBC and the ‘Cats home conference opener will be played on Saturday, Oct. 18th vs. Hartford (7 p.m.). The ‘Cats start the league schedule with three away matches before returning to Lundholm Gymnasium for a two-match homestand.

Overall, UNH will play three teams in the top 50 RPI (Penn State – 2, Michigan State – 29, St. Louis – 43). The Wildcats have won three America East Tournament titles (1998, 2002, 2003) and three NCAA appearances in school history, all which have come under Coach Hirschinger. UNH has won 20+ matches in six of the last 11 seasons, including a school record 24 wins in 1998 and 1999. Hirschinger, who is one of just 15 active coaches to posted 600 career highs, earned her 200th career win as UNH head coach during the 2007 season.

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