2019 Volleyball Schedule Released - Exhibition Friday Aug 23rd at 3pm (Before Cage Rage)

The 31-match slate features four matches with opponents that appeared in the 2018 NCAA Tournament as well as seven matches against teams that surpassed the 20-win mark a year ago. Houston will also face 13 teams that cracked the top 100 RPI in 2018.

For the first time in American Athletic Conference history, the league will host a conference tournament with the winner receiving the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The three-day event will be held at the site of the champion from the previous year and will take place in Orlando in its inaugural season.

Those looking to watch the Cougars in action in 2019 are now advised to park in the Stadium Garage on Holman Street as well as Lot 16B on the southeast corner of Elgin and Cullen in front of Moore’s School of Music. Fans can park in both areas for $5, which will be open two hours before first serve. On days where other events are occurring on campus, $5 parking lots will still be available at locations to be determined later.

To enter the Fertitta Center, doors will only be open at the Holman Street entrances, where fans can purchase single-game tickets for as low as $5. Fans can buy tickets in advance now by either clicking here or calling (713) GO-COOGS.

Along with the list of prohibited items, also new to Houston Volleyball fans in 2019 is a Clear Bag Policy, which is being incorporated to help provide a safer environment for the public and to expedite fan entry into the Fertitta Center. The UH Clear Bag Policy strictly limits the size and types of bags that are permitted into the Fertitta Center.

Items such as backpacks, large bags and diaper bags are not permitted. Fans are strongly encouraged to not bring any bags. However, the following will be permitted:

*Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
*One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
A small clutch purse no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" with or without a handle or strap. These small clutches are subject to search.
** An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at the entrance by arena personnel.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Admission to Friday’s exhibition is free of charge.
  • Houston returns 12 players from its 2018 squad.
  • Comprised of eight freshmen and two transfers, the Cougars have 10 new faces on the 2019 team.
  • Sophomore libero Torrie Frederick comes to Houston after leading Clemson last season in digs (350) and digs per set (2.71)

The University of Houston Volleyball team hosted Rice inside the Fertitta Center on Friday afternoon for a five-set exhibition contest, where the Owls came out on top 4-1 (18-25, 14-25, 25-19, 17-25, 15-13). Prior to the match, both sides agreed on playing five sets regardless of the outcome of the previous sets.

Friday’s match also marked the first time volleyball was played in the former Hofheinz Pavilion since 2006. Fans were also able to see in person how the Fertitta Center was transformed into a volleyball-centric arena, as the Cougars played on Taraflex flooring, which sits on top of the basketball court.

Up next, Houston will open up its 2019 campaign on Friday, Aug. 30 when the Cougars host Arizona State, LSU, Texas A&M Corpus Christi and UT Arlington for the annual Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. Tickets to the two-day event are available now and be purchased for as low as $5 by clicking here or calling (713) GO-COOGS.