BOZEMAN — Sixth-year head coach Daniel Jones released Montana State’s volleyball schedule for 2022, which includes a game against rival Montana at Worthington Arena for the first time since the 2004 season. also includes two home tournaments.
“Looking at this upcoming non-conference season, we’ve found a really good balance between home and away competition with the right teams coming in at the right time,” Jones said. “The support of Athletic Director Leon Costello and the entire Athletic Department has given us the opportunity to host two non-conference tournaments. The impact this will have on our student-athletes, being able to attend in class and getting into the school rhythm and competing early on, is invaluable.
Led by associate head coach Cole Aiazzi, the annual Cat-Griz game will be played at Worthington Arena on Sept. 30 as the Bobcats look to break their own attendance record of 6,378 fans set in 2002 as MSU made its farewell to head coach Dave Gantt. . The turnout mark is also the highest in state history as well as Big Sky conference action.
“The Big Sky Conference schedule takes on a new look this year with Southern Utah leaving, giving us two freestanding games against the Griz,” Jones commented. “I’m thrilled to approach these two weeks with a singular focus and determination to bring the Main Line trophy back to Bozeman.”
Montana State opens its 2022 season by hosting the Bobcat Classic, August 26-27, against San Francisco, the Grand Canyon and St. Thomas. The following week, the Bobcats travel to the Bryant Tournament in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where they will face the Bulldogs, as well as Harvard and Boston College. MSU is participating in the North Dakota Tournament, Sept. 8-9, in Grand Forks. The Bobcats will face the Fighting Hawks, as well as Fordham and Coppin State.
“We have a very good opening weekend with a good Grand Canyon team coming from Arizona, a strong West Coast Conference team in San Francisco and a bit of an unknown in St. Thomas from Minnesota,” said Jones. .
MSU closes out its non-conference roster by hosting the Bobcat Invitational, Sept. 15-17, at Shroyer Gym. Washington, Boise State and North Texas will participate in the tournament. The Bobcats played all three schools last fall, beating BSU 3-1 and North Texas 3-2, before dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 7-ranked Washington in Seattle on Sept. 16.
“This past weekend is full of heavy hitters with two NCAA tournament teams including perennial national powerhouse Washington and defending Mountain West Conference champions Boise State,” Jones said. “We played very well against both last year so I’m sure they’ll come in with a point to prove, just as we will.”
Montana State opens its Big Sky conference season by hosting Eastern Washington on September 22. The Big Sky will play a 16-game schedule, with the Bobcats facing Idaho and Northern Arizona just once. The Big Sky tournament will be held Nov. 23-26 on the campus of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.
Volleyball season tickets, including tickets for Cat-Griz, go on sale Monday, May 16. Cat-Griz tickets will all be $5 general admission. Tickets can be renewed and purchased at msubobcats.com/tickets or by calling the box office at 406-994-CATS.
2022 Montana State Volleyball Schedule
6 at MSU Billings (exhibition) Billings 5 p.m.
26 San Francisco BOZEMAN 10 a.m.
26 Grand Canyon BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
27 Saint-Thomas BOZEMAN 1 p.m.
2 vs. Boston College Smithfield, RI 2 p.m.
3 v, Harvard Smithfield, RI 8 a.m.
3 at Bryant Smithfield, RI 11 a.m.
8 at North Dakota Grand Forks, ND 6 p.m.
9 vs. Fordham Grand Forks, ND 10 a.m.
10 vs. Coppin State Grand Forks, ND 9 a.m.
15 Boise State BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
16 Washington BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
17 North Texas BOZEMAN 1 p.m.
22 East Washington * BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
24 North Colorado * Greeley, CO 7 p.m.
30 Montana* BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
6 at Portland State * Portland, OR 8 p.m.
8 at Sacramento State * Sacramento, CA 2 p.m.
13 Northern Colorado* BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
15 Northern Arizona* BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
20 Idaho State * BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
22 Weber State* BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
27 in Idaho * Moscow, ID 7 p.m.
29 at Eastern Washington * Cheney, WA 7 p.m.
3 Sacramento State* BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
5 Portland State* BOZEMAN 7 p.m.
11 at Montana * Missoula 7 p.m.
17 at Weber State * Ogden, UT 6 p.m.
19 at Idaho State * Pocatello, ID 7 p.m.
23 Big Sky Tournament – Quarterfinals Ogden, UT TBD
25 Big Sky Tournament – Semi-Finals Ogden, UT TBD
26 Big Sky Tournament – Ogden Championship, UT TBD
*=Big Sky Game; All times listed are Mountain Time; Dates and times subject to change