CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Tar Heels have finalized their 2013 schedule, which features 15 home matches at Carmichael Arena, including the annual Carolina Classic tournament in September, UNC volleyball head coach Joe Sagula announced this week.
"I really like our schedule this fall, and I think it provides a good balance of challenges with us seeing some different opponents this year," Sagula said. "We will play a number of really strong RPI teams, such as Illinois, Dayton and Notre Dame, as well as strong ACC matchups and some new opponents this year as well. Overall it's the kind of schedule that will help prepare our young team, as 11 of our 18 players will be freshmen and sophomores."
"It was great to work out combined scheduling with Duke in bringing in two strong Big 10 teams, Indiana and Illinois. One unique thing for our schedule is that we open the year playing Notre Dame at MTSU, but that contest won't be considered an ACC match. We will play Notre Dame again though in our opening ACC weekend."
View the complete 2013 Carolina volleyball schedule here.
UNC will open on the road Aug. 30-31, at Middle Tennessee State's Blue Raider Bash, facing the host team as well as Notre Dame and San Francisco. From there, Carolina heads to the Ohio Invitational Sept. 6-7, squaring off with Dayton, Ohio and Cincinnati in Athens, Ohio.
North Carolina opens at home when the Tar Heel host George Washington, James Madison and Albany for the annual Carolina Classic, Sept. 13-14. The following week, UNC hosts Big 10 opponents Illinois and Indiana on Sept. 20 and 21, before opening ACC play with NC State and Notre Dame on Sept. 25 and 27.
The Tar Heels then head north to make their first visit to Syracuse on Oct. 4 and then heading to Boston College on Oct. 6. UNC returns home to face ACC rival Duke on Oct. 11 as well as Wake Forest on Oct. 12.
The team will face Virginia (Oct. 18) and Virginia Tech (Oct. 19) on the road again, then hosts Maryland and ACC newcomer Pittsburgh on Oct. 25 and 27, before heading down to Florida to play FSU (Nov. 1) and Miami (Nov. 3).
Carolina will then have two more home weekends of ACC play, hosting Georgia Tech and Clemson Nov. 8 and 10, and then rematches with Virginia Tech and Virginia on Nov. 15 and 16. The Tar Heels then close out their 2013 regular season schedule on the road, facing NC State on Nov. 20 and Maryland Nov. 24, and finishing at Wake Forest on Nov. 27 and Duke Nov. 29.
UNC closed out the 2012 campaign with a 26-6 overall mark, finishing third in the ACC with a 16-4 conference record after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The 2013 NCAA volleyball finals will be held at the University of Washington, with regional sites at Kentucky, Nebraska, Illinois and USC following first and second rounds at campus sites.
Stay tuned to GoHeels.com for more information on the 2013 Tar Heels.