NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Armed with a new head coach and a 2019 schedule full of high caliber competition, Belmont University Volleyball will enter the fall season prepared to make waves in the Ohio Valley Conference and beyond. The Bruins will take on five programs that saw play in the postseason one year ago, looking to earn the program's fifth berth in 2019.
2019 Belmont University Volleyball Schedule
"I am excited about the upcoming season, we certainly have a tough schedule that will challenge us, but our preseason should be good preparation for the OVC," said first-year head coach Katelyn Harrison.
BU will open its 2019 campaign in the friendly confines of the Curb Event Center for the first time since 2014 with the annual Bruiser Showcase, August 30-31. The Bruins welcome North Alabama, a team not faced since the 1995 season, plus first-time opponent UW Milwaukee and Arkansas State, both participants in last year's National Invitational Volleyball Championship tournament.
Belmont is only home three times during September, opening at home, hosting Alabama A&M (September 3), who has not made a visit to Nashville since 2012, before traveling to compete in the Bradley Tournament, September 6-7. BU will take on host-Bradley, who advanced to the second round of the NIVC, DePaul and Oakland. It will be the first time meeting any of these programs since the 2005 season.
The Bruins' briefly return to the Curb on September 10 for the annual Battle of the Boulevard duel with Lipscomb before heading to Florida for the River City Rumble tournament, September 13-14. Belmont will take on former Atlantic Sun foes North Florida and Jacksonville plus first-time opponent Charleston Southern. BU's final home game of the month will be against Western Kentucky on September 17 before the team heads out for its longest road stretch of the season.
Belmont faces three first-time competitors at the Butler Bulldog Brawl, September 20-21, in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition to host-Butler, BU will take on Loyola Marymount and University of the Pacific. Belmont will open Ohio Valley Conference play on the road with stops at Morehead State (September 27) and Eastern Kentucky (September 28)
Back in the friendly confines of Nashville, BU has a stop at crosstown rival Tennessee State to open the first week of October. The Bruins host OVC foes Eastern Illinois (October 5), Tennessee Tech (October 11) and Jacksonville State (October 12) to the Curb Event Center before road matches at Murray State (October 18) and Austin Peay (October 19).
Belmont's longest homestand of the season takes the team into the final stretch of the regular season. The Bruins host UT Martin (October 25) and Southeast Missouri State (October 26) before rubber matches against Eastern Kentucky (November 1), Morehead State (November 2) and the home finale against Tennessee State (November 5).
The final leg of the regular season takes the team away from home. Belmont travels to SIUE on November 9 before concluding OVC play at Jacksonville State (November 15) and Tennessee Tech (November 16).
The OVC Tournament will be held during the span of November 20-25 and will be contested at the home of the top seeded team.
"This is a young team with a bright future ahead. During the spring season, we certainly improved," Harrison said. "I am excited to be part of the future and see how much this team can continue to build on what we established this spring and see how far they can go."