NEW ORLEANS – The schedule for the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament was announced by the league office on Sunday.
The single-elimination tournament runs Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 16-19 at First National Bank Arena on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball team (20-10, 13-3 Sun Belt) earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament, the highest seeding in program history, and received a bye into the quarterfinal round.
Louisiana will begin tournament play on Friday against the winner of the UTA-Appalachian State first round contest. First serve for the quarterfinal match is set for 5 p.m.
The quarterfinal winners advance to Saturday’s semifinal matches (Cajuns would play at 5 p.m.) with Saturday’s winners advancing to Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship match.
The Ragin’ Cajuns return to the SBC Tournament for the first time since 2014. It’s the 12th appearance overall in program history.
The eight teams traveling to Jonesboro are competing for the Sun Belt’s automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Women's Volleyball Tournament which begins with the first and second rounds Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
All matches in the SBC Tournament will be available for viewing on ESPN3. Fans can also follow along through live stats on the Sun Belt website.
The 2017 season was a record-breaking campaign for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The team established a new school record for the best conference start after beginning Sun Belt play 7-0, head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot became the program’s all-time winningest coach on Nov. 3, a new record for conference victories (13) was set and a 20-win season was recorded for just second time since 1990.
For more information on Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball, as well as all of Ragin' Cajuns Athletics, visit RaginCajuns.com. Fans can also follow along with the team on Facebook (/ULVolleyball), Twitter (@RaginCajunsVB) and Instagram (@RaginCajunsVB).
2017 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament Schedule
Thursday, November 16th (First Round)
M1 - 5:00 p.m. – No. 7 Appalachian State vs. No. 6 UTA
M2 - 7:30 p.m. – No. 8 Troy vs. No. 5 South Alabama
Friday, November 17th (Quarterfinals)
M3 - 5:00 p.m. – Winner M1 vs. No. 3 Louisiana
M4 - 7:30 p.m. – Winner M2 vs. No. 4 Arkansas State
Saturday, November 18th (Semifinals)
M5 - 5:00 p.m. – Winner M3 vs. No. 2 Texas State
M6 - 7:30 p.m. – Winner M4 vs. No. 1 Coastal Carolina
Sunday, November 19th (Championship)
M7 - 2:00 p.m. – Winner M5 vs. Winner M6