The Scarlet Knights open tournament play in Philadelphia, PA, as they take on Towson, a 2004 NCAA tournament participant, Lehigh and host Temple. Rutgers will face the Tigers on Friday, Aug. 26, at 4:30 p.m., followed by matches against the Mountain Hawks at 10:00 a.m. and Owls at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Next up is the Maryland Invitational, where RU will face Texas-Arlington on the first day of competition on Friday, Sept. 2, at 5:00 p.m. Rutgers will follow with two matches on Saturday, Sept. 3, against Marshall (5:30 p.m.), which advanced to the finals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament last season, and host Maryland (11:00 a.m.).
The next stop on the 2005 campaign trail will included a visit to Las Vegas, NV, for the Scarlet Knights’ most challenging tournament of the season, the UNLV Volleyball Classic Sept. 9-10. In addition to facing host UNLV, Rutgers will also go up against Long Beach State and Illinois, both of which competed in the first round of last year’s NCAA Volleyball Tournament. RU will take on Long Beach State on Friday, Sept. 9, at 5:00 p.m. and end play at the tournament with two matches on the final day against UNLV at 11:00 a.m. and Illinois at 3:00 p.m.
For the final tournament of the season, the Scarlet Knights will return home to host the Rutgers Embassy Suites Classic Sept. 16-18. The three-day event will begin with a familiar match-up, as RU will take on Temple at 7:00 p.m. for the second time this season. It will mark the 56th contest between both teams, making it the longest continuous series in Scarlet Knight history. Rutgers will go up against UMBC at 12:30 p.m. and Fairfield at 5:30 p.m. on day two, followed by a tilt with Harvard at 1:00 p.m. in the tournament finale on Sept. 18.
The Scarlet Knights will hit the road, opening conference play with a pair of contests against West Virginia on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:00 p.m. and Pittsburgh on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2:00 p.m. Last season, Rutgers handed Pitt its first conference loss, as the Panthers eventually earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After its two-match road trip, RU will begin a five-opponent home stand, which will include matches against Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 p.m. and 2004 NCAA participant Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2:00 p.m. Rutgers will conclude with matches against the University of South Florida on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2:00 p.m., followed by Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2:00 p.m. and Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2:00 p.m.
Rutgers will embark on a three-match road trip, taking on Seton Hall on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:00 p.m., Syracuse on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:00 p.m. and Marquette on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m., before eventually returning to the College Avenue Gymnasium for the final two home matches of the season against Connecticut on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 p.m. and St. John’s on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2:00 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights will close out the regular season with two road matches against DePaul on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2:00 p.m. and 2004 conference champions Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:00 p.m. In addition to advancing to the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Irish have also won at least a share of the regular-season crown in nine of the 10 years they have been a member of the BIG EAST.
The BIG EAST Championship will be held on Nov. 18-20 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Temple Tournament (Philadelphia, PA)
Fri. Aug. 26 vs. Towson 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 27 vs. Lehigh 10:00 a.m.
Sat. Aug. 27 at Temple 7:00 p.m.
Maryland Invitational (College Park, MD)
Fri. Sept. 2 vs. Texas-Arlington 5:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 3 at Maryland 11:00 a.m.
Sat. Sept. 3 vs. Marshall 5:30 p.m.
UNLV Volleyball Classic (Las Vegas, NV)
Fri. Sept. 9 vs. Long Beach State 5:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 10 at UNLV 11:00 a.m.
Sat. Sept. 10 vs. Illinois 3:00 p.m.
Rutgers Embassy Suites Classic (New Brunswick, NJ)
Fri. Sept. 16 vs. Temple 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 17 vs. UMBC 12:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 17 vs. Fairfield 5:30 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 18 vs. Harvard 1:00 p.m.
Fri. Sept. 23 at West Virginia 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 25 at Pittsburgh 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 1 CINCINNATI 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 2 LOUISVILLE 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 8 SOUTH FLORIDA 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 9 GEORGETOWN 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 15 VILLANOVA 2:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 21 at Seton Hall 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 28 at Syracuse 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 30 at Marquette 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 5 CONNECTICUT 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 6 ST. JOHN’S 2:00 p.m.
Sat. Nov.12 at DePaul 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 13 at Notre Dame 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 18-20 BIG EAST Championships (Cincinnati)
Dec. 2-18 NCAA Tournament
Home matches in BOLD CAPS
* Denotes BIG EAST match