NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State Head Coach Allie Matters has announced the 2022 schedule ahead of her first season at the helm of the Redbird volleyball program. The Redbirds will play 29 regular season matches ahead of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in late November.
The back-to-back-to-back MVC Tournament Champions will face six teams who competed in the NCAA Tournament in 2021, including new Missouri Valley foe UIC.
Following the Red & White Scrimmage (Aug. 19) and an exhibition match at DePaul (Aug. 20) to begin the year, the Redbirds will head to Cincinnati, Ohio for the UC Tournament (Aug. 26-27) where they will face 2021 NCAA Tournament teams Florida State and Dayton as well as host team, Cincinnati.
Illinois State will then host the Redbird Classic (Sept. 2-3) featuring Oral Roberts, Green Bay and 2021 NCAA Tournament team, Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) before heading to their final tournament of the year in Memphis, Tennessee. At the Beale Street Challenge (Sept. 9-10), ISU will face Oakland, Queens University of Charlotte and Memphis.
The ‘Birds wrap up the non-conference slate in Milwaukee where they will play NCAA Tournament teams, Illinois (Sept. 17) and Marquette (Sept. 18). Missouri Valley Conference play will feature 18 matches, including matches against new Valley members, UIC, Murray State and Belmont.
The MVC Tournament (Nov. 20-23) location will be announced by the conference office at a later date.
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