- More than 100 Games Available Across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network, and Longhorn Network
- 1 Penn State, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas, T-No. 4 Florida & Nebraska Highlight Slate of Ranked Teams
ESPN will offer its most robust NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball slate this season with more than 100 games televised across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network. ESPN will once again have coverage of the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship with coverage details being announced at a later date.
After SEC Network televises No. 14 Florida State at No. 4 Florida on Sunday, Sept. 20, ESPNU and SEC Network will begin a 10-week Wednesday night volleyball slate on Sept. 23 that continues through Nov. 28. In addition to the Wednesday night action, ESPNU and SEC Network will each televise games additional Sunday and other weekday games throughout the season.
ESPNU’s scheduled is highlighted by 16 ranked teams, including No. 1 Penn State at No. 22 Ohio State (Oct. 28) and No. 2 Stanford at No. 11 Oregon (Nov. 5) and at No. 7 Washington (Nov. 12). Overall, 12 games will feature ranked teams including two additional head-to-head matchups of ranked teams: No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 Arizona (Sept. 27), and No. 19 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin (Nov. 8 on ESPN2).
SEC Network’s schedule will see T-No. 4 Florida and No. 10 Kentucky each appearing nine times, including when the two ranked teams face off head-to-head on Sept. 27 and Oct. 18. More details, including a full programming schedule for SEC Network, are available here.
Longhorn Network will televise all of No. 3 Texas’ remaining home games (13 games), including matches against T-No. 4 Nebraska (Friday, Sept. 4), T-No. 4 Florida (Saturday, Sept. 5), and No. 9 Colorado State (Sept. 13). In addition to the matchup vs. the Rams on Sept. 13, the schedule also features eight additional Big 12 matchups. A full schedule is available here.
All rankings are per American Volleyball Coaches Association (August. 31)
ESPN’s Volleyball Analysts
This season, Kevin Barnett, Laura Bush and Jenny Hazlewood join an already decorated roster of ESPN volleyball analysts:
- Kevin Barnett: Member of the 2000 & 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 at Texas; 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.
- 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
ESPNU Volleyball Schedule:
|Wed, Sept. 23||7 p.m.||Miami at No. 14 Florida State|
|9 p.m.||Arkansas vs. LSU|
|Sun, Sept. 27||5 p.m.||No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 Arizona|
|Tue, Sept. 29||9 p.m.||LMU vs. No. 12 BYU|
|Wed, Sept. 30||7 p.m.||Iowa State vs. Oklahoma|
|9 p.m.||Texas A&M vs. Auburn|
|Fri, Oct. 2||6 p.m.||Duke vs. No. 7 North Carolina|
|Wed, Oct 7||7 p.m.||No. 3 Texas vs. Baylor|
|9 p.m.||Tennessee vs. LSU|
|Thu, Oct. 8||11 p.m.||No. 12 BYU vs. Pacific|
|Wed, Oct 14||6 p.m.||Florida vs. Tennessee|
|Wed, Oct 21||7 p.m.||No. 3 Texas at Kansas State|
|9 p.m.||Georgia vs. Auburn|
|Sun, Oct. 25||1 p.m.||No. 6 Illinois vs. Purdue*|
|Wed, Oct. 28||5 p.m.||No. 1 Penn State at No. 22 Ohio State|
|7 p.m.||Kansas vs. Iowa State|
|9 p.m.||Ole Miss vs. Georgia|
|Wed, Nov. 4||6 p.m.||Missouri vs. Texas A&M|
|Thu, Nov. 5||11 p.m.||No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 11 Oregon|
|Sun, Nov. 8||1 p.m.||No. 19 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin*|
|Wed, Nov. 11||6 p.m.||Tennessee vs. South Carolina|
|Thu, Nov. 12||11 p.m.||No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 7 Washington|
|Wed, Nov. 18||6 p.m.||Missouri vs. Arkansas|
|Sun, Nov. 22||9:30 p.m.||MEAC Women’s Volleyball Championship**|
|Wed, Nov. 25||9 p.m.||Auburn vs. Tennessee|
**Live on ESPN3 on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Noon.