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Baylor’s 2015 Volleyball Schedule Released

WACO, Texas – The 2015 Baylor volleyball schedule, released Thursday, features a challenging non-conference schedule for the Bears, plus a 16-match Big 12 schedule in a league that finished No. 2 in RPI last season.

Baylor's season features two non-conference matches vs. NCAA Tournament participants from a year ago and five league opponents that made the national tournament in home-and-home matchups.

The Bears's quest to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 begins with a big test opening night as Baylor faces Colorado State on the road Aug. 28. The Rams made the NCAA Sweet 16 last season and finished 2014 with a No. 12 national ranking.

“I am very excited about our schedule. We will be tested right out of the gate versus a ranked team on the road followed by two strong opponents at Colorado State,” said first-year Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre. “This type of adversity will prepare us for conference and the type of teams we will face in the NCAA Tournament.”

After playing at CSU's tournament, Baylor plays its home opener Sept. 4 vs. Sam Houston State to kickoff the Baylor Tournament that features matches against Coppin State & Cal Poly as well. The Bears will then face another NCAA Tournament team from a year ago in Dayton, as Baylor takes on the Flyers Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Dayton advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, and the Bears will have matches against Cleveland State & Eastern Illinois as well.

The Bears open Big 12 conference play on the road Sept. 26 at Kansas State. KSU is one of five teams in the nine-team league that made the NCAA Tournament last season including Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Iowa State. Baylor's Big 12 home opener is Sept. 30 vs. Texas Tech.

“Our conference finished No. 2 in RPI last year nationally, and the league will be as formidable as ever with most teams returning the core of their starters,” said McGuyre. “But, I'm excited and confident our new style of play and young team will make a dramatic impact this season.”

Texas, last season's national runner up, comes to Waco Oct. 7 and the Bears play in Austin Oct. 31. The Bears end the regular season and the Big 12 slate where it started vs. KSU, but this time in Waco.

Follow Baylor volleyball all season long on Twitter by following the handle @baylorvball.

Baylor University Volleyball 2015 Schedule

Date                             Opponent                                Location                                Time

Aug 22                         Green & Gold Scrimmage         Waco, TX                              TBD

Aug 28                         Colorado State                         Fort Collins, CO                     7pm

Aug 29                         Northern Iowa                          Fort Collins, CO                     1pm

Aug 30                         UC Davis                                  Fort Collins, CO                    1pm

Sep 4                           %vs. Sam Houston                   Waco, TX                              7pm

Sep 5                           %vs. Coppin St                         Waco, TX                              10am

Sep 5                           %vs. Cal Poly                          Waco, TX                               7pm

Sep 11                         Dayton                                     Dayton, OH                            7pm

Sep 12                         Cleveland State                        Dayton, OH                           10am

Sep 12                         Eastern Illinois                         Dayton, OH                            3pm

Sep 18                         $vs. SFA                                  Waco, TX                               7pm

Sep 19                         $vs. UNCG                               Waco, TX                              10am

Sep 19                         $vs. Rice                                  Waco, TX                              7pm

Sep 22                         @ North Texas                         Denton, TX                            7pm

Sep 26                         @ Kansas State*                      Manhattan, KS                      7pm

Sep 30                         Texas Tech*                            Waco, TX                                7pm

Oct 3                           @ Oklahoma*                          Norman, OK                            7pm

Oct 7                           Texas*                                     Waco, TX                                7pm

Oct 9                           Texas State                             Waco, TX                                7pm

Oct 14                         Kansas*                                    Waco, TX                               7pm

Oct 17                         @ WVU*                                   Morgantown, VA                    3:30pm

Oct 21                         @ TCU*                                   Fort Worth, TX                        7pm

Oct 25                         Iowa State*                              Waco, TX                                2pm

Oct 31                         @ Kansas*                               Lawrence, KS                         7pm

Nov 4                          @ Texas Tech*                         Lubbock, TX                           7pm

Nov 7                          West Virginia*                          Waco, TX                                7pm

Nov 11                        TCU*                                        Waco, TX                                7pm

Nov 15                        Oklahoma*                              Waco, TX                                2pm

Nov 18                        @ Texas*                                 Austin, TX                               7pm

Nov 25                        @ Iowa State*                         Ames, IA                                 7pm

Nov 28                        Kansas State*                         Waco, TX                                7pm

% Baylor Tournament

$ Hampton Inn Waco North Baylor Invitational

*Denotes conference opponent

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