September 6, 2013 has been a day in the making since 1981. On that night, Columbus State University volleyball program will return from over a 30-year hiatus as the Lady Cougars begin a 30-match schedule under first year head coach Casey Cornett.
"I am elated to finally announce the schedule," said Cornett. "I have been anticipating our first match for a quite a while now and I'm excited to see how the girls will react playing together as a team."
"This schedule is full of quality opponents to help us prepare for conference play. We need to take each match one at a time for us to have a rewarding season," added Cornett.
The 2013 schedule features 13 home matches inside the Lumpkin Center including a season opening invitational. Also, 18 Peach Belt Conference matches await CSU.
On September 6 and 7, Columbus State will host the first CSU-Hughston Clinic Invitational with Shaw, Fort Valley State and Limestone making the trek to Columbus. On September 6, the Lady Cougars will begin their season against Shaw at 7 p.m. Te following day, CSU will face off against Limestone at 12:30 p.m. and then Fort Valley at 7 p.m.
After a road match against Fort Valley on September 11, PBC play begins with the Lady Cougars taking on Georgia Regents University Augusta on September 13 in Augusta.
Just a day later, CSU will square off against another first year program traveling to Milledgeville to take on Georgia College. The Lady Cougars will also play West Georgia in Milledgeville on September 14.
The long road trip continues for Columbus State as the Lady Cougars head to Montevallo for a match against the Falcons on September 17 before heading to Saint Leo, FL for a weekend tournament. While in Florida, CSU will take on South Dakota Mines and Cedarville on September 20 and Saint Leo and Molloy on September 21.
For the next month, Columbus State will play eight of 11 matches at the friendly confines of the Lumpkin Center beginning with matches against Armstrong Atlantic State University (Sept. 27) and Flagler (Sept. 28). After a road trip to South Carolina to face off against USC Aiken (Oct. 4) and Lander (Oct. 5), the Lady Cougars return home for matches against Fort Valley (Oct. 9), Francis Marion (Oct. 11) and UNC Pembroke (Oct. 12)
After a one day trip to Albany State on October 16, the stretch will conclude with matches against Georgia College (Oct.18), GRU Augusta (Oct. 19) and Montevallo (Oct. 22).
The Lady Cougars will begin a tough three-match road trip with a non-conference contest against Shorter on October 29 before matches against Flagler and Armstrong on November 1 and 2, respectively.
The final two home matches of the year for Columbus State will come a week later with Lander and USC Aiken coming to town on November 8 and 9.
To wrap up the season, the Lady Cougars will travel to UNC Pembroke on November 15 and Francis Marion on November 16.