Story courtesy: University of St. Thomas Athletics
The Celts of the University of St. Thomas are scheduled to play 11 home volleyball matches during the 2020 season, according to the schedule released by the team Wednesday.
UST will host two weekend-long events at home during the season, including the opening weekend of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play during the school’s Alumni Weekend on Sept. 25 and 26.
The Celts begin season two of their transition into the NCAA’s Division III and the SCAC. SCAC teams play 16 of their 18 conference matches over four two-day events throughout September and October; UST is hosting one such event for the first time.
“We are excited to see the growth of the program in the SCAC and NCAA as we mark the University’s second season in the league,” head coach Keanne Burt said. “We have a heavy road schedule but are thankfully hosting opening weekend of the SCAC.”
The Celts are scheduled to open the season at home Sept. 1, when they host Howard Payne from the American Southwest Conference at 6 p.m. Their next home matches will be during a weekend home event on Sept. 11 and 12, when the Celts face SCAC opponent Schreiner, and ASC foes Sul Ross State and Concordia Texas.
Seven of the Celts’ first 10 matches are against teams from the ASC, which is also a Division III conference with most of its membership in Texas. They will face three such opponents on Sept. 4 and 5 when they play four matches at Texas Lutheran in Seguin, Texas.
“I am excited about some of the matchups with against strong programs from the ASC,” Burt said. “Not having an off season the girls are eager to play. We are hoping for a strong start in preseason leading in to hosting SCAC opening weekend.”
The Celts will host two matches on Friday, Oct. 9, when Centenary College and Louisiana College visit the Jerabeck Center. They will conclude the season Nov. 2, when they host NAIA opponent Dillard.
UST will also play one road match within 50 miles from home, when they visit NCAA Division I Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, Sept. 15.