The Creighton volleyball team will play an aggressive nonconference schedule this fall to get ready for its first season in the Big East, coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth said.
The Bluejays, who went 29-4 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, released their 2013 schedule on Tuesday.
“We're playing some perennial powers in UCLA and Hawaii and quite a few NCAA tournament teams,” Booth said.
The Bluejays will take on UCLA on Sept. 14 at the Denver Invitational. They'll face Hawaii the next weekend at the Shocker Volleyball Classic.
UCLA (23-8) and Hawaii (27-3) also made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Eight other teams on the schedule made it to the NCAA tournament.
Creighton opens play in the Big East on Oct. 4 at Butler and at Xavier one night later. Creighton's first league match at home will be Oct. 11 against DePaul. Two days later, Marquette arrives in a rematch of Creighton's 3-0 NCAA tournament win last November in Minneapolis.
“The marquee games will be Marquette and Xavier,” Booth said. “There will be good volleyball up and down the league just like the Valley.”
Booth said she's been spending a lot of time on travel arrangements for CU's new league opponents, setting up hotel and plane reservations.
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Otherwise, it's been a quiet summer for the team. Players are honing their strength and conditioning and working out during open gyms. Booth doesn't see much of them except during camps.
“I think things are going well so far,” she said. “We're just trying to prepare, so we can have a great season.”
She said she's looking forward to seeing all of the new teams in the Big East.
“The whole experience will be new and exciting,” she said.
Aug. 23: Blue-White scrimmage, 6 p.m.
Hampton Inn Invitational
At Bowling Green, Ohio
>> Aug. 30: vs. BYU 3:30 p.m.
>> Aug. 31: vs. Bowling Green, 9 a.m.
At D.J. Sokol Arena
>> Sept. 6: vs. Northern Colorado, 6 p.m.
>> Sept. 7: vs. South Florida, 12 p.m.
>> Sept. 7: vs. California, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10: Kansas, 6 p.m.
>> Sept. 13: vs. Cal State Northridge, 11 a.m.
>> Sept. 13: at Denver, 8 p.m.
>> Sept. 14: vs. UCLA, 1 p.m.
Shocker Volleyball Classic
At Wichita, Kan.
>> Sept. 20: vs. Hawaii, 5 p.m.
>> Sept. 21: vs. South Dakota, 5 p.m.
>> Sept. 22: at Wichita State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 4: at Butler, 6 p.m.
Oct. 5: at Xavier, 3 p.m.
Oct. 11: vs. DePaul, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13: vs. Marquette, 1 p.m.
Oct. 18: vs. Xavier, 7 p.m.
Oct. 20: vs. Butler, 1 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Marquette, 5 p.m.
Oct. 26: at DePaul, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: vs. St. John's, 7 p.m.
Nov. 3: vs. Seton Hall, 12 p.m.
Nov. 8: at Villanova, 6 p.m.
Nov. 9: at Georgetown, 6 p.m.
Nov. 15: at St. John's, 6 p.m.
Nov. 16: at Seton Hall, 3 p.m.
Nov. 22: vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m.
Nov. 24: vs. Villanova, 1 p.m.
Big East Tournament
At D.J. Sokol Arena, Omaha
>> Nov. 29: TBA
>> Nov. 30: TBA
>> Dec. 5-7: TBA
>> Dec. 13-14: TBA
>> Dec. 19-21: TBA
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