As snow hits the ground and sharp freezing temperatures continue, beach volleyball season nears for Missouri State. Last week the beach volleyball team released its schedule for the season.
To start their second ever season, Bears will head down to Fort Worth, Texas, to play in the Horned Frogs Challenge on March 1-2.
In the tournament, they face Grand Canyon University, Georgia State, Tulane and Texas Christian University.
All these programs, other than Georgia State, have three or more years of experience.
Georgia State is beginning its first season this spring.
The Bears then heads back to California where they played most of their games last year.
The Bears face some opponents they’ve seen before. Missouri State has rematches set against Long Beach, Vanguard, Irvine Valley College and Loyola Marymount.
Last year, the Bears beat Vanguard and Irvine Valley College but lost to Long Beach and Loyola Marymount. Both Long Beach and Loyola Marymount were ranked.
After California, the Bears return home to host their first ever tournament: the MSU Beach Invitational. Ottawa, Park University and Missouri Baptist were invited to the tournament.
The tournament will be held March 22-23.
Missouri State faced Ottawa before and it’s the only team the Bears are familiar with in the tournament. Last year, Ottawa was Missouri State’s only home game, and the Bears won all 10 sets.
With the tournament over, Missouri State will play its final home match on March 27 with a rematch against Park.
The Bears then head back on the road going to Monroe, Louisiana. Missouri State competes against the University of New Orleans, Houston Baptist and Louisiana Monroe.
Houston Baptist is the only team last year to have a winning record at 17-15.
The Bears then finish the season just like last year by heading to Columbia, South Carolina. Missouri State will have rematches against College of Charleston, South Carolina and Tulane.
Though MSU will competes against University of North Carolina Wilmington who they’ve never played before.
Last year the Bears ended the year on a four-game losing streak, losing every game in South Carolina.
In all, Missouri State is set to play 24 games this year, compared to 17 last year.