ESPN’s 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regular Season Schedule Boasts Extended Coverage

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ESPN’s 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regular Season Schedule Boasts Extended Coverage

ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of the 2016 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball regular season, televising more than 30 games and nine conferences on ESPNU and ESPN2. Matchups on SEC Network, Longhorn Network, ACC Network Extra and ESPN3 will also allow viewers to watch over 450 women’s volleyball matches, the most in ESPN’s history.

This year’s schedule boasts 20 ranked teams, including defending champion and No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Minnesota. Coverage, which includes regular Wednesday night matchups, will begin Wednesday, Sept. 21, on ESPNU when Oklahoma visits No. 5 Kansas.

SEC Network will televise more than 30 matchups, with additional coverage of 13 matchups on SEC Network +. A complete schedule and details is available here.

With 13 home games televised on Longhorn Network, the Texas women’s volleyball team will face their first home-opponent Lipscomb on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Additionally, the new ACC Network Extra will provide expanded streaming coverage of ACC action, with more than 130 games available via WatchESPN and the ESPN app. A complete schedule is available here.

ESPN Volleyball Commentators

This year’s volleyball coverage will include new play-by-play announcer Courtney Lyle, who previously called games on SEC Network + for the University of Tennessee. Analysts include:

  • Kevin Barnett: Member of the 2000 and 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 as a student at Texas and 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 and 2016 bronze medalist
  • 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

2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Regular Season Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Event Network
Wed, Sept. 21 7 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 5 Kansas ESPNU
  9 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri ESPNU
Sun, Sept. 25 1 p.m. Ole Miss at Missouri ESPNU
  3 p.m. Auburn at No. 16 Texas A&M ESPNU
  5 p.m. TCU at Iowa State ESPNU
Tue, Sept. 27 10 p.m. San Diego at No. 21 Loyola Marymount ESPNU
Wed, Sept. 28 7 p.m. No. 2 Texas at Oklahoma ESPNU
  9 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina ESPNU
Sun, Oct. 2 1:30 p.m. No. 3 Minnesota at No. 20 Purdue ESPN2
Wed, Oct. 5 7 p.m. TCU at Baylor ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 16 Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPNU
Fri, Oct. 7 11 p.m. No. t-7 Washington at Oregon ESPNU
Sun, Oct. 9 1 p.m. No. 15 Ohio State at Michigan ESPN2
  3 p.m. No. 20 Purdue at No. 1 Nebraska ESPN2
Wed, Oct 12 7 p.m. Kansas State at No. 5 Kansas ESPNU
  9 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama ESPNU
Sun, Oct. 16 2 p.m. South Carolina at LSU ESPNU
Wed, Oct. 19 7 p.m. Baylor at Iowa State ESPNU
  9 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss ESPNU
Sun, Oct. 23 1 p.m. Syracuse at No. 19 North Carolina ESPNU
  3 p.m. Tennessee at Mississippi State ESPNU
  5 p.m. No. 11 Stanford at No. t-7 USC ESPNU
Wed, Oct. 26 7 p.m. Kansas State at Iowa State ESPNU
  9 p.m. Missouri at No. 16 Texas A&M ESPNU
Fri, Oct 28 6 p.m. No. 17 Florida State at No. 23 Louisville ESPNU
  11 p.m. No. 6 Hawaii at UC Riverside ESPNU
Wed, Nov. 2 7 p.m. No. 2 Texas at TCU ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 10 Florida at Georgia ESPNU
Wed, Nov. 9 6 p.m. Auburn at Alabama ESPNU
Thu, Nov. 10 10:30 p.m. No. t-7 USC at No. 11 Stanford ESPNU
Wed, Nov. 16 6 p.m. No. 16 Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPNU
Sun, Nov. 20 Noon MEAC Volleyball Championship ESPNU
  4 p.m. SWAC Volleyball Championship* ESPN3
Tue, Nov. 22 11 p.m. No. 13 BYU at No. 21 Loyola Marymount ESPNU

*tape delay; will air Sun, Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU

Longhorn Network Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game
Thu, Sept. 1 1 p.m. Lipscomb vs. Texas
8 p.m. UTSA vs. Texas
Fri, Sept. 2 11 a.m. Miami vs. UTSA
1:30 p.m. Lipscomb vs. Army
8:30 p.m. Army vs. Texas
10:30 p.m. Miami vs. Lipscomb
Sat, Sept. 3 5 p.m. Miami vs. Texas
7:30 p.m. UTSA vs. Army
Wed, Sept. 14 8 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Texas
Sun, Sept. 18 1 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Texas
Sat, Sept. 24 8 p.m. Kansas vs. Texas
Sat, Oct. 8 8 p.m. Iowa State vs. Texas
Wed, Oct. 26 8 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Texas
Wed, Nov. 9 8 p.m. Baylor vs. Texas
Wed, Nov. 16 8 p.m. Texas Tech vs. Texas
Sat, Nov. 19 8 p.m. Kansas State vs. Texas
Sat, Nov. 26 2 p.m. West Virginia vs. Texas

SEC Network Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game
Wed, Sept. 14 8 p.m. Baylor at LSU
Wed, Sept. 21 8 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky
Fri, Sept. 23 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Alabama
Sun, Sept. 25  1 p.m. Florida at Alabama
Wed, Sept. 28 8 p.m. Kentucky at Florida
Fri, Sept. 30 7 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas
Sun, Oct. 2 noon Tennessee at Florida
  2 p.m. Missouri at LSU
  4 p.m. Alabama at Mississippi State
  6 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
Wed, Oct. 5 8 p.m. LSU at Ole Miss
Fri, Oct. 7 7 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina
Sun, Oct. 9 noon Florida at South Carolina
  2 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky
  4 p.m. Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Wed, Oct. 12 8 p.m. Georgia at Auburn
Sun, Oct. 16 1 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn
  5 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M
Wed, Oct. 19 8 p.m. LSU at Missouri
Sun, Oct. 23 noon Georgia at Florida
  2 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri
Wed, Oct. 26 8 p.m. Mississippi State at Arkansas
Fri, Oct. 28 7 p.m. Tennessee at Alabama
Sun, Oct. 30 noon LSU at Florida
  2 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas
  4 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina
Thu, Nov. 3 7 p.m. Alabama at Texas A&M
Sun, Nov. 6 noon Missouri at Kentucky
2 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama
8 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas
Sun, Nov. 13 2 p.m. Wildcard
4 p.m. Wildcard
8 p.m. Ole Miss at Mississippi State
Sun, Nov. 20 2 p.m. Wildcard
4 p.m. Wildcard
Wed, Nov. 23 8 p.m. Auburn at Florida

All preseason rankings are per the American Volleyball Coaches Association (August 10)


Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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