June 23, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - Three road tournaments and an always challenging Horizon League slate highlight the Butler volleyball team's 2008 schedule, which was released on Monday (June 23). The Bulldogs will travel to Texas, Georgia and New York to open the year before battling the nine league foes leading up to the 2008 Horizon League Championship in Cleveland.
The Bulldogs kick off the season in El Paso, Texas, at the Sun Bowl Volleyball Invitational (Aug. 29-30), where they will square off with UTEP, Oral Roberts and New Jersey Tech. Butler then returns home to host Marian in the home opener on Sept. 3 before heading to Atlanta when it faces Austin Peay, Loyola (Md.) and host Kennesaw State at Owls Fest from Sept. 5-6.
After another stop home to host Indiana State on Sept. 9, Butler closes out its regular season tournament play when it takes part in the University at Buffalo Ramada Invitational (Sept. 12-13), where it will battle Maryland-Eastern Shore, Maine and the host Bulls. The Bulldogs return to Hinkle Fieldhouse once more for the team's final non-league match of the year against cross-town rival IUPUI on Sept. 16.
The Horizon League schedule gets underway on Sept. 19 as the Bulldogs welcome Valparaiso to Indianapolis. After a brief two-match road trip, Butler will play six of its next eight bouts at home, including an Oct. 4 battle with reigning league tournament champion Cleveland State.
The season winds down as the Bulldogs hit a four-match road swing before closing out the year at Hinkle Fieldhouse with a Nov. 14 match against conference-rival Wright State.
The Horizon League Championship runs from Nov. 20-23 at Woodling Gymnasium on the campus of Cleveland State.
"We are excited to pick up a regional match at UTEP on the first weekend of play, and I think our non-league schedule will be a great opportunity for our young players to get strong competition early," Clark said. "We will be road tested early, and it will certainly prepare us for the long stretches on the road in the Horizon League this season."
Butler returns all but one of its starters from a 2007 team that went 14-15 and 7-9 in league play.