The UTEP volleyball program announced its schedule for the 2011 campaign as released by head coach Ken Murphy on Tuesday.
UTEP will play a 33-match slate that features 14 home contests. Included on the docket is four NCAA tournament teams from a year ago – Portland State, Niagara, American and defending C-USA champion Tulsa.
The Miners open 2011 as host to the UTEP Invitational on Aug. 26. UTEP will then travel to Ithaca, N.Y. (Sept. 2-3), Beaumont, Texas (Sept. 9-10) and play a single match at I-10 rival NM State on Sept. 13 before opening league action at UCF on Sept. 16 as part of the Town Place Suites/UCF Challenge.
The Orange and Blue return home after a three-week hiatus to face Tulsa on Sept. 23.
Conference USA introduced a new league format in 2010, adding four games to its usual 16 and eliminated the conference tournament. Tulsa was the league’s regular season champion, earning the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.