Looks like a solid preseason schedule for the Miners in 2011. NMSU on the road, Baylor and Mississippi State will all be big matches. Ken's done a great job of scheduling games against three teams that were NCAA tourney qualifiers last year.
After the demise of the Sun Bowl tournament two years ago, UTEP will again host a season-opening tourney the weekend of Augusta 27. Portland State (NCAA tournament qualifiers in 2010), UT Arlington (who whupped the Miners during last year's preseason), Nicholls State and Southern University are on the schedule.
The Miners head to the Empire State the weekend of September 3 to participate in Cornell's tournament. Competition will include Niagara (NCAA tournament qualifiers in 2010), Delaware State, and American University (NCAA tournament qualifiers in 2010).
Beaumont, Texas will be the Miners stop the weekend of September 10. Lamar will host UTEP, Baylor and Mississippi State.
The I-10 rivalry game is on September 13 in Las Cruces. The Aggies dodged playing the Miners twice this spring. Clever little gamesmanship by coach Juggernaut. OH, Stephanie Ziegler, was hobbled with leg injuries, go-to hitters Giddens and Woods were out of eligibility and OH Rocio Gutierrez is now enrolled at UTEP.
The spring season finishes in Orlando the weekend of September 16-17. On Friday night, the Miners will play UCF in the CUSA opener and the winner will play the winner of the Florida International/Jacksonville U. match on Saturday.