NORFOLK, Va. – The 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) volleyball season begins this weekend with 11 MEAC teams competing in 40 non-conference matches.

The defending MEAC Tournament Champion Hampton Lady Pirates will begin the season at the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Va., on Friday, August 28 against Fairleigh Dickinson. Hampton was picked to finish third in the northern division as the Lady Pirates posted an 11-1 conference mark and a 21-11 overall record last season.

Howard, selected as the preseason favorite in the northern division, opens its season on Friday at the D.C. Volleyball Challenge. The Lady Bison, who finished last season with a 20-11 overall mark and an 11-1 MEAC record, will face host American on Friday, followed by matches against George Mason and Georgetown on Saturday.

Florida A&M begins its season on Friday at the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla. The southern division preseason favorite will meet Kansas State to open the season. The Lady Rattlers take on host Miami and Illinois State on Saturday. Last year, FAMU recorded a 9-1 conference mark and a 13-15 overall record.

Additional season openers include: Bethune-Cookman (Florida Atlantic Invitational), Coppin State (Towson Invitational), Delaware State (Towson Invitational), Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES Maroon and Gray Invitational), Morgan State (Maryland Invitational), Norfolk State (Tribe Invitational), North Carolina Central (Gamecock Invitational) and Savannah State (Kennesaw State Invitational).

North Carolina A&T State and South Carolina State will open the season the follow week. The Aggies open play on Sept. 1 at home against Campbell, while the Lady Bulldogs will travel to High Point, N.C., to play in the High Point University Classic Sept. 4.

Conference play begins on Friday, Sept. 25 with 12 teams in action. The 2015 MEAC Volleyball Championship is slated for Nov. 20-22 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md.



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