Volleyball Announces 2005 Schedule

A new conference, traditional rivals and a challenging tournament schedule are on the slate for the University of Louisville volleyball team, which announced its 2005 schedule today.

Coming off a banner season in 2004 that saw the Cardinals advance to the Sweet Sixteen after sweeping the Conference USA Tournament, Louisville will face 11 schools that advanced to the NCAA Championship last year. The non-conference slate will include a trip to UNLV's Tournament and the Miami (Fla.) Hurricane's tournament. Those will include matchups against Illinois, Long Beach, Michigan State and Sacramento State. The Cardinals will host a Labor Day Invitational with Wake Forest, Ohio, and Tennessee State.

"This is a great schedule with no let ups whatsoever," said U of L head coach Leonid Yelin. "With 11 teams on the schedule which made the NCAA, we will be battle-tested going into the post-season."

In addition to tackling uncharted territory in the inaugural Big East Conference, U of L fans will be treated to traditional rivalries like Kentucky, Tennessee and Xavier. A post Thanksgiving tournament will pit Louisville versus Rice and Georgia.

The Cardinals return nine letterwinners and five starters. The Cards will be without standout Bing Sun as well as the loss of libero, Candace Cogan. However, All-American Ana Yartseva, and All-Midwest Region selections Jennifer Hoffman, Lena Ustymenko also return. Hoffman is currently training with the USA National Team and will start against China on the left side in Switzerland tonight.

2005 University of Louisville Volleyball Schedule

SEPTEMBER
Louisville Labor Day Invitational
Fri. 2 Ohio U. vs. Tennessee State Cardinal Arena
2 LOUISVILLE vs. WAKE FOREST Cardinal Arena
Sat. 3 Wake Forest vs. Tennessee State Cardinal Arena
3 Ohio U. vs. Wake Forest Cardinal Arena
3 LOUISVILLE vs. TENNESSE STATE Cardinal Arena
Sun. 4 LOUISVILLE vs. OHIO U. Cardinal Arena

Wed. 7 KENTUCKY Cardinal Arena

UNLV Tournament
Fri. 9 vs. Illinois
Sat. 10 vs. Long Beach State

University of Miami Tournament
Fri. 16 vs. Michigan State Miami, FL
Sat. 17 vs. Sacramento State Miami, FL
Sat. 17 at Miami Miami, FL

Sat. 24 UCONN Cardinal Arena
Sun. 25 ST. JOHN'S Cardinal Arena
Wed. 28 TENNESSEE Cardinal Arena
OCTOBER
Sat. 1 at Villanova Philadelphia, PA
Sun. 2 at Rutgers Piscataway, NJ
Fri. 7 at Seton Hall South Orange, NJ
Sat. 8 at Long Island University Long Island, NY
Tues. 11 at Xavier Cincinnati, OH
Sat. 15 at Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Sat. 22 PITTSBURGH Cardinal Arena
Sun. 23 WEST VIRGINIA Cardinal Arena
Sat. 29 at Notre Dame South Bend, IN
Sun. 30 at DePaul Chicago, IL
NOVEMBER
Fri. 4 at Georgetown Washington, DC
Sun. 6 at South Florida Tampa, FL
Sat. 12 MARQUETTE Cardinal Arena
Sun. 13 SYRACUSE Cardinal Arena

BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS - LOUISVILLE, KY
Fri.-Sun. 18-20

Fri. 25 vs. Rice South Bend, IN
Sat. 26 vs. Georgia South Bend, IN
DECEMBER
Fri.-Sat. 2-3 NCAA First and Second Rounds
Fri. -Sat. 9-10 NCAA Regionals
Thur.-Sat. 15-17 NCAA Semi-Finals/Championship San Antonio, TX


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