Story courtesy: Chad Smith, UCA Athletics
The University of Central Arkansas volleyball team and Head Coach John Newberry announced the addition of the University of Arkansas to the 2020 schedule on Tuesday.
For the first time in program history, the Sugar Bears will face the Razorbacks in collegiate competition. UCA will host Arkansas on Saturday, September 12, in the Farris Center for the final match of the UCA invitational.
“The University of Arkansas is now open to playing its sister institutions in athletics competitions,” said UCA Athletic Director Dr. Brad Teague. “Our coaches have been working with their coaches on scheduling. Many of our teams will play at Fayetteville this coming year. However, our volleyball teams will play at UCA in a few months. It is exciting that our first contest with Arkansas will be on our campus.”
The UCA Invitational will feature matchups against Murray State, UTRGV, and Little Rock. All matches will be played in the Farris Center.
Thursday, September 10
UCA vs. Murray State – 6 p.m.
Friday, September 11
UCA vs. UTRGV – 10:30 a.m.
UCA vs. Little Rock – 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 12
UCA vs. Arkansas – 6 p.m.
From the Coach – Head Coach John Newberry
“We are excited to be making history here in the state of Arkansas. Due to travel restrictions from COVID-19, the UCA Invitational tournament was able to accommodate a change of schedule for the Razorback volleyball team. This is a huge shift in the right direction for collegiate sports here in the state. This will save time away from classes and costs of traveling as well as provide a larger fan base and great competition for our student-athletes. Having the opportunity to play Little Rock on a Friday night and Arkansas on Saturday night at UCA is no longer a distant thought. Thank you to the administrators, board of directors, and coaches for making this happen. We are looking forward to seeing fans safely enjoying a great sport at UCA.”