A March 22 home date with Ottawa University highlights the inaugural schedule of Missouri State’s beach volleyball team, and the Bears will play a total 17 matches with a 15-player roster during their first season, head coach Terri Del Conte announced Friday.
MSU’s first ever competition in the sport is a visit to Nebraska on March 2, and the Bears will spend spring break in southern California, playing a total of 11 matches against nine schools in five different cities in the Los Angeles area from March 12-17.
Missouri State hosts Ottawa (Kan.) on March 22 for its Betty & Bobby Allison Sand Volleyball Courts debut in a match-up between first-year programs. MSU will also play the Maroon and White intrasquad scrimmage at home on April 6. The Bears close the season April 13-14 in Columbia, S.C., where they will face Coastal Carolina, Charleston, Tulane, and the host Gamecocks.
The Bears will enter the 2018 season with a 15-player roster of student-athletes from a variety of backgrounds. Sam Brinkmann, Caroline Finnell, Julia Hanson, Mikaela Mosquera and Lynsey Wright have spent time with the indoor program but will play exclusively on the beach team.
Maddie Back, Aubrey Cheffey, Alyssa Doucette, Ashley Ophoven, Veronica Snelling and Sydney Wright will be on both the indoor and beach rosters at MSU. Taylor Fricano and Ivy Reynolds joined the program as graduate transfers from North Carolina and Lindenwood, respectively, while Sarah Demmer and Keylee Hawkins earned spots on the team through the tryout process.