Panthers Prepare For Ambitious Volleyball Schedule

By  //  July 27, 2012

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In Georgia To Open Season

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech volleyball coach Amy O’Brien announced the Panthers’ fall schedule Thursday and on paper it promises to be a season filled with quality opponents and an ambitious slate of games.

Florida Tech's volleyball team unveiled a 29-game schedule for the upcoming 2012 season on Thursday. (Image courtesy Florida Tech)

The new schedule includes 29 games, 10 which will be played on campus at the Clemente Center.

“To start off the season, we have two away tournaments, one in Valdosta, Ga. and the second in Huntsville, Ala.,” O’Brien said. “I think both tournaments are going to prepare us for conference play.

“We have five consecutive home games in the middle of our season and then play three more at home before playing the last five on the road,” O’Brien said. “It’s going to be important for us to get our fans behind us. This team is only going to progress and get better as the season unfolds.”

O’Brien and the Panthers will make their debut at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Azalea Classic in Valdosta, Ga. Aug. 31 to Sept. 1.

In their opening match in Georgia, they will play Albany State.

Amy O'Brien is the head volleyball coach for the Florida Tech Panthers. (Image courtesy Florida Tech)

After the Panthers compete in the Country Inn and Suites Volleyball Tournament in Huntsville, Ala. the following week, Florida tech will open its home slate Sept. 11 against Webber International.

St. Thomas will travel to Melbourne to kick off a five-game homestand which launches the Panthers’ longest of the season styarting Oct. 3.

Florida Tech will recognize its seniors on Senior Day Oct. 27 against Nova Southeastern and then  conclude its home schedule Nov. 3 against Barry at Palm Bay High School.

They close out the regular season Nov. 16 at Lynn.

Nine Panthers are set to return from last year’s team. The players scheduled to return include Caitlyn Ballweber, who was ninth in the Sunshine State Conference with 2.76 kills per set in 2011 and Alexis Mastela, who was fourth with 9.17 assists per set.

The Florida Tech 2012 Volleyball Schedule: