AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta University and head coach, Sharon Quarles, are excited to announce the 2018 volleyball schedule that will kick off with three consecutive tournaments.
"We are definitely looking forward to hosting two major tournaments early in the season at home," Quarles said. "It will provide a great opportunity for the university and the community at large to see the 2018 Jaguars in action. You should expect to see a lot of volleyball throughout those two weekends of play, with strong competition and a great game environment."
The 2018 Jaguar Rumble is the first tournament of the season and is hosted by Augusta at Christenberry Fieldhouse Aug. 25-26. The Jaguars open the tournament and the season on Saturday, Aug. 25 against Albany State at 12:00 p.m., followed by a match at 7:30 p.m. against Mount Olive. AU's last match of the tournament will be on Sunday, August 26 at 2:30 p.m. against Montevallo. The Jaguars also host three neutral matches in the tournament, with Lander, Mount Olive, and Montevallo.
For the fifth straight season, Augusta travels to the Queens Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, where AU will play four non-conference contests. On Friday, the Jaguars take on Anderson and Winston Salem and play against Wingate and Barton to conclude the tournament on Saturday.
Augusta returns home for its last tournament of the season, the 2018 Augusta / USC Aiken Invitational – co-hosted by the Jaguars and the Pacers, Sept. 7-8 at Christenberry Fieldhouse and the USCA Convocation Center. The Jags have one match against Catawba (7:00 p.m.) on Friday and faceoff against Carson-Newman (2:00 p.m.) and West Alabama (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday. Neutral site matches also take place at each location
"The schedule will provide substantial opportunities for fans to come out and enjoy an evening of volleyball. We will have 18 players on the roster this year. Four of which are seniors and are expected to help lead the way as we move through the schedule approaching tournament time and post season aspirations which includes regionals and NCAA's," Quarles said. "They are very athletic and capable of doing some great and fun things together. They are focused on achieving nothing less than their goals."
After returning from two matches in Tigerville, S.C., the Jaguars will be back in Christenberry to host two matches. The Jags play Clark Atlanta on Sept. 18 at (7:00 p.m.) and have their first Peach Belt Conference match on Sept. 21 against the Flagler Saints (7:00 p.m.)
Augusta has three Peach Belt road matches at Georgia College, UNC Pembroke, and Francis Marion on Sept. 25, 28, and 29, before three straight home games. The Jags take on Emmanuel for a non-conference match on Oct. 2 (7:00 p.m.) and host PBC meetings against Lander on Oct. 5 (7:00 p.m.) and USC Aiken on Oct. 6 (2:00 p.m.).
On Oct. 16, Augusta hosts a match against Georgia College (7:00 p.m.) and then travels to St. Augustine, Fla. to play Flagler. The Jags close out their regular-season schedule with three consecutive home matches - hosting Francis Marion on Oct. 26, UNC Pembroke Oct. 27, and Queens Oct. 30. Two PBC road contests at USC Aiken (Nov. 2) and Lander (Nov. 3) conclude the regular-season.
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