BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell head volleyball coach Leigh Mullins recently announced her team's 2012 schedule. The schedule includes four regular season tournaments, 14 Big South Conference contests and nine total home matches at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.
"We put together a great schedule this season," Coach Mullins explained. "In general we are staying a lot closer to the area for our matches. This will be good for both our team and our fans. We felt with a youthful team this year it was better to stay closer to home and play some early season tournament where we could have some success and build confidence. As always we are excited about the conference schedule this year. Often times the early season tournaments are a time to set rotations and develop a younger team, but by the time we start playing Big South opponents we should have a lot of that established."
The Camels start the season on the road and travel to Greenville, N.C. to participate in a tournament hosted by East Carolina from Aug. 24-25. CU is slated to start off taking on the host Pirates on the first day of the tournament. Campbell is also scheduled to play contests against UNC Charlotte and Bethune-Cookman on the second and final day of the tournament.
CU stays in state next and takes on regional rival UNC Wilmington on Aug. 28.
The next weekend brings the second tournament of the season with the Camels slated to play against Georgetown, William & Mary plus Manhattan College from Sept. 1-2 in Williamsburg, Va.
The Camels briefly get out of tournament play to take on another North Carolina based school with a match against North Carolina Central in Durham on Sept. 4.
The third tournament of the season is hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh from Sept 7-8. The Camels are slated to take on Central Michigan the first day, the host school on the second day and Western Carolina in the second game of day two.
CU will play a single non-conference game on the road next with a trip to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on South Carolina State on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
A trip to Wake Forest, N.C. follows with the Camels battling against Appalachian State, Wake Forest and Toledo from Sept. 14-15.
The Camels comes home for the first time and opens Big South Conference play with a match against High Point on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center. CU continues the homestand and hosts North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T in a pair of matches on Sept. 22 at noon and 3 p.m., respectfully.
The longest home stretch of the season continues the next weekend with two more conference opponents visiting the Creek. The Camels host Charleston Southern on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and Coastal Carolina on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
Campbell keeps playing Big South opponents with a trip to Virginia to take on Liberty on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Radford on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.
The next weekend finds the Camels in South Carolina with contests against league opponents Presbyterian College on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Winthrop on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
The Camels have one last road match against High Point on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. before returning home to host four straight Big South Conference opponents in Gardner-Webb on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., UNC Asheville on Oct .27 at 2 p.m., Radford on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Liberty on Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.
CU then closes out the regular season with pair of matches in the state of South Carolina. The Camels are at Coastal Carolina on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. and Charleston Southern on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
The Big South Conference Tournament is slated to be held in the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va. on Nov. 15, 16 and 18.