SEATTLE – (June 2) A road-heavy non-conference slate will quickly prepare the 2017 Seattle University volleyball squad for Western Athletic Conference place as the full schedule was revealed Friday.

"Our 2017 schedule will provide our young team with the opportunity for growth and solid wins," said fifth-year Head Coach James Finley.

The Redhawks open with their annual Red & White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19 in the Connolly Complex, before hitting the road to officially open the season on Aug. 25-26 at the Cal Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. Seattle U will face Loyola-Chicago, UC Irvine and host Cal over the two days.

Then come the lone home matches of the non-conference season in the SU/UW Tournament. The Redhawks will host Cal Poly on Sept. 1 and Santa Clara on Sept. 2, while also making a quick trip up to Washington to face the Huskies, also on Sept. 2.

The remainder of the non-conference slate sends the Redahwks back on the road where they will take part in a tournament at Northern Kentucky (Sept. 8-9) – facing Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Sacramento State – and a tournament at Southern Illinois (Sept. 15-16) - facing Montana, host SIUE and UC Irvine. Seattle U will also play at Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Ky., between the two tournaments.

"The staff believes we have the talent and culture to compete with success at the level of competition this schedule brings," Finley said. "This schedule will produce many exciting matches and prepare this years team for success in the tough WAC schedule."

WAC play begins at home on Saturday, Sept. 23 against Utah Valley. Remaining home matches include New Mexico State on Oct. 5, UTRGV on Oct. 7, Grand Canyon on Oct. 26, CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 28, Chicago State on Nov. 9 and UMKC on Nov. 11.

The home-and-home conference schedule totals 14 total matches. The top six teams in the league standings will compete in the WAC Tournament, hosted by UTRGV Nov. 16-18. The tournament winner will earn the league's automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Grand Canyon is also now eligible for the postseason beginning this fall.

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