(Editors note: Montana State University Press Release)
BOZEMAN -- The Montana State volleyball program, in conjunction with the Big Sky Conference, has announced its 2021 league schedule, approved by the President’s Council earlier this week.
The schedule features 11 teams playing 16 Big Sky matches over a nine-week period, beginning on Jan. 24 and concluding on March 22. Each team will have one open week of play.
The Bobcats, under the direction of fourth-year head coach, will open its 2021 campaign at Northern Colorado in Greeley on Jan. 24 and finish the season on March 22 at Weber State.
“I want to thank President Cruzado, Leon Costello and Camie Bechtold, and all of the Athletic Directors and Presidents in the conference for putting this schedule together,” Jones said. “The amount of work that has gone in to making this season a reality must not be overlooked.
“The challenges we face are not over, but today is an exciting day,” Jones added. “We, the team and staff alike, are excited to see who, where and when we will be playing. We’ve been working extremely hard to prepare for the moment we get to compete, and this announcement today helps fuel the fire to keep at the work- January 24 cannot come soon enough.”
Every team will play four opponents at home and four opponents on the road. The Sunday-Monday schedule reduces time away from campus as each team will face its eight league opponents in back-to-back matches on consecutive days at the same site.
The top eight teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will advance to the Big Sky Conference Tournament hosted by Northern Colorado from March 31-April 2. The tournament champion will earn the Big Sky’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Northern Colorado is the defending conference champion.
The NCAA Selection Show will be held on Sunday, April 4. There will be a 48-team bracket, with 32 automatic qualifiers and 16 at-large selections. The final site of the NCAA tournament is scheduled for April 23-25.
Each member institution will determine arena capacities in accordance with local and/or state health ordinances and government officials.
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2021 Montana State Volleyball Schedule
(Dates are subject to change)
Jan 24 at Northern Colorado
Jan. 25 at Northern Colorado
Feb. 7 Northern Arizona
Feb. 8 Northern Arizona
Feb. 14 at Montana
Feb. 15 at Montana
Feb. 21 Idaho State
Feb. 22 Idaho State
Feb. 28 Portland State
March 1 Portland State
March 7 at Idaho
March 8 at Idaho
March 14 Southern Utah
March 15 Southern Utah
March 21 at Weber State
March 22 at Weber State
March 31- April 2 at Big Sky Tournament