ESPN’s 2015 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Coverage

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ESPN’s 2015 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Coverage

  • More than 400 Games Available Across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ESPN3 and SEC Network
  • No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas, T-No. 4 Florida & Nebraska Highlight Slate of Ranked Teams

ESPN will offer its most robust NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball slate this season with more than 100 games televised across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network and 300+ games carried on ESPN3 and SEC Network +. ESPN will once again have coverage of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship with coverage details being announced at a later date.

After SEC Network televises No. 14 Florida State at No. 4 Florida on Sunday, Sept. 20, ESPNU and SEC Network will begin a 10-week Wednesday night volleyball slate on Sept. 23 that continues through Nov. 28.  In addition to the Wednesday night action, ESPNU and SEC Network will each televise games additional Sunday and other weekday games throughout the season.

ESPNU’s scheduled is highlighted by 16 ranked teams, including No. 1 Penn State at No. 22 Ohio State (Oct. 28) and No. 2 Stanford at No. 11 Oregon (Nov. 5) and at No. 7 Washington (Nov. 12).   Overall, 12 games will feature ranked teams including two additional head-to-head matchups of ranked teams:  No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 Arizona (Sept. 27), and No. 19 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin (Nov. 8 on ESPN2).

SEC Network’s schedule will see T-No. 4 Florida and No. 10 Kentucky each appearing nine times, including when the two ranked teams face off head-to-head on Sept. 27 and Oct. 18.  More details, including a full programming schedule for SEC Network, are available here.

Longhorn Network will televise all of No. 3 Texas’ remaining home games (13 games), including matches against T-No. 4 Nebraska (Friday, Sept. 4), T-No. 4 Florida (Saturday, Sept. 5), and No. 9 Colorado State (Sept. 13). In addition to the matchup vs. the Rams on Sept. 13, the schedule also features eight additional Big 12 matchups. A full schedule is available here.

ESPN3 and SECN Network + will also carry NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball games throughout the year, with those schedules available on WatchESPN app, and

All rankings are per American Volleyball Coaches Association (August. 31)

ESPN’s Volleyball Analysts

This season, Kevin Barnett, Laura Bush and Jenny Hazlewood join an already decorated roster of ESPN volleyball analysts:

  • Kevin Barnett: Member of the 2000 & 2004 Men’s National Team
  • Dain Blanton: Gold medalist in beach volleyball at 2000 Olympics
  • Laura Bush: Former Auburn Head Coach and Minnesota Associate Head Coach
  • Nell Fortner: Won a National Championship at Texas; a Texas Sports Hall of Famer
  • Jenny Hazlewood: Former Mississippi St. Head Coach
  • Jennifer Hoffman: All-American at Louisville
  • Karch Kiraly: Four-time gold medalist; only player to win gold in both beach and indoor volleyball, Current USA Women’s National Team Head Coach.
  • Holly McPeak: Bronze medalist in beach volleyball at 2004 Olympics
  • Maria Taylor: Three-time All-SEC at Georgia
  • Missy Whittemore: Three-time Academic All-American at Florida

ESPNU Volleyball Schedule:

Date         Time Matchup
Wed, Sept. 23 7 p.m. Miami at No. 14 Florida State
  9 p.m. Arkansas vs. LSU
Sun, Sept. 27 5 p.m. No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 Arizona
Tue, Sept. 29 9 p.m. LMU vs. No. 12 BYU
Wed, Sept. 30 7 p.m. Iowa State vs. Oklahoma
  9 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Auburn
Fri, Oct. 2 6 p.m. Duke vs. No. 7 North Carolina
Wed, Oct 7 7 p.m. No. 3 Texas vs. Baylor
  9 p.m. Tennessee vs. LSU
Thu, Oct. 8 11 p.m. No. 12 BYU vs. Pacific
Wed, Oct 14 6 p.m. Florida vs. Tennessee
Wed, Oct 21 7 p.m. No. 3 Texas at Kansas State
  9 p.m. Georgia vs. Auburn
Sun, Oct. 25 1 p.m. No. 6 Illinois vs. Purdue*
Wed, Oct. 28 5 p.m. No. 1 Penn State at No. 22 Ohio State
  7 p.m. Kansas vs. Iowa State
  9 p.m. Ole Miss vs. Georgia
Wed, Nov. 4 6 p.m. Missouri vs. Texas A&M
Thu, Nov. 5 11 p.m. No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 11 Oregon
Sun, Nov. 8 1 p.m. No. 19 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin*
Wed, Nov. 11 6 p.m. Tennessee vs. South Carolina
Thu, Nov. 12 11 p.m. No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 7 Washington
Wed, Nov. 18 6 p.m.  Missouri vs. Arkansas
Sun, Nov. 22 9:30 p.m. MEAC Women’s Volleyball Championship**
Wed, Nov. 25 9 p.m. Auburn vs. Tennessee

**Live on ESPN3 on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Noon.


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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