SAN DIEGO – San Diego State Volleyball Head Coach Brent Hilliard announced the team’s much-anticipated schedule for the 2022 campaign, which will see the Aztecs play 30 games this fall, highlighted by 18 encounters with Mountain West and 12 extra-conference affairs.
Overall, SDSU’s attractive but challenging roster includes eight opponents who qualified for postseason competition last year, while eight other opponents finished with a winning record, collectively posting a 150-88 (.631) mark in 2021.
After a street show at UC Irvine, the Aztecs are opening their regular-season schedule in earnest with the first of two home tournaments, hosting California (Aug. 26), Army West Point (Aug. 27) and UC San Diego (Aug. 27). ) at the San Diego State Invitational.
The Aztecs’ encounter with the Cadets marks the first meeting between the two programs, while their clash with the Golden Bears will be their first since 2012. Additionally, the tournament finals will represent San Diego State’s first game against the Tritons as a Division I enemy.
The Scarlet and Black will then travel up the coast to Malibu, California for the ASICS Classic the following week, where they will face Baylor (September 2), hosts Pepperdine (September 3) and UC Santa Barbara (September 3). will compete. 3) one after the other.
The Bears advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last fall while the Waves were first-round contestants. Also, the Aztecs are aiming for their fourth consecutive victory over the Gauchos since 2015.
Following this, San Diego State returns to the friendly confines of Peterson Gym for its second home tournament, welcoming Maryland (September 9), Arizona (September 9) and Sacramento State (September 10) for the Aztec Classic.
SDSU split their previous two encounters against the Terrapins, earning a four-set win in 1990 before dropping a narrow five-set decision in the 1998 Wildcats while the Hornets invaded Peterson Gym for the first time in program history after they 1994 with a triumph in five sets in the state capital.
San Diego State continues its drawn-out home fight with two clashes against perennial NCAA tournament contenders at UCLA (September 15, home) and San Diego (September 17, road) in the SDSU/USD three-team challenge . The Aztecs will host the Bruins for the second straight year while their annual showdown with the bullfighters moves to USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Aztecs will then host their first two Mountain West matches the following week when they face off against San Jose (September 22) and Nevada (September 24) states.
With 18 conference games in an unbalanced schedule, San Diego State will face every MW school both home and away except New Mexico (October 20-away) and Air Force (October 22-home).
The Aztecs will then embark on the longest road swing on their league roster, traveling to Fresno State (September 27), UNLV (October 1), Utah State (October 7) and Boise State (October 8), respectively.
Similarly, the same four teams will make up SDSU’s longest homestand on their Mountain West tally the following month when the Broncos (Nov. 3), Aggies (Nov. 5), Bulldogs (Nov. 7), and Rebels (Nov. 10) are visiting. America’s Finest City” in seven days.
The Aztecs scored two of their biggest conference wins on the road last season, against Boise State and UNLV, and defeated eventual MW Tournament champion Broncos before chronicling a five-set thriller over the Rebels, who went on to capture the NIVC tournament crown.
The fall also features home and away games against Wyoming and defending regular-season champions, league co-champions Colorado State. The Scarlet and Black hosts the Cowgirls (Oct. 13) and Rams (Oct. 15) before heading into the Rockies front range for reverse rematches shortly thereafter on Oct. 27 and 29.
SDSU is wrapping up its regular-season schedule on the road, facing off against the same two teams it started conference play with — Nevada (Nov. 17) and San Jose State (Nov. 19).
The Mountain West Championship will be played November 23-25 at CSU’s Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado, with the top six teams in the league vying for the league’s automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. The MW Championship ran from 1999 to 2007 and was revived for one season in 2011. The tournament was scheduled to resume in fall 2020 but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With Coach Hilliard entering his third season at the controls, San Diego State will benefit from the arrival of eight talented newcomers, including AVCA High School All-Americans Madison Corf and Kat Cooperalong with Division I transmissions Elly Schrader and Kayla Rivera. Former prep stars are also represented in this group Cara Brown, McKenna Douglas and Ellie Geoghegan.
Additionally, the Aztecs welcome nine letter winners from last year’s roster, including a starter trio in the outside hitter Heipua Tautua’amiddle blocker Julia Haynie and setter Noa Mueller.