MIAMI — Seven of the first eight matches during the 2017 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College volleyball season will be played in the Glen Wolfe Student Activity Center, according to Lady Norse head coach Eric Iverson.
Seven sophomores are expected to be among more than 20 prospects to report for preseason workouts set to begin Aug. 10.
Only two Oklahoma two-year institutions have volleyball programs.
NEO competes in NJCAA Division II while Seminole State College plays at the Division I level.
Last year the Lady Norse posted an 8-8 season record, but lacked the total number of regular season matches to be eligible to compete in the Region 14, District O postseason playoffs.
The Lady Norse open the season at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the SAC against Neosho County Community College of Chanute, Kansas.
A member of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, the Panthers finished 6-3 in the league and 21-12 overall.
Remaining on their home court, the Lady Norse entertains the Cottey College Comets of Nevada, Missouri, at 6 p.m. on Aug. 29. Last season the Comets posted an 11-15 season after losing to East Central College in Union, Missouri, 3-0, in the opening round of the District O Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.
Another KJCCC member school, Independence (Kansas) Community College, comes to Miami for a 6:30 p.m. match on Sept. 1 in the SAC. The Pirates finished 2-7 in conference action and 9-23 overall last year.
NEO plays host in the SAC to the Labette Community College Cardinals of Parsons, Kansas, at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. the Cardinals also compiled a 2-7 KJCCC record and a 13-23 season mark.
Metropolitan Community College-Longview of Lee Summit, Missouri, squares off against the Lady Norse at noon on Sept. 16, in the Student Activity Center.
The Lakers won the District 0 Tournament and placed ninth in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Tournament at Charleston, West Virginia. MCC-Longview finished 25-15 on the season.
The Lady Norse play their first road match at 6 p.m., Sept. 18 in Nellis Hall on the campus of Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College.
Ranked No. 6 in the final national poll last year, the Lady Ravens won the KJCCC title with an 8-1 record while also winning the District M playoffs. Coffeyville finished seventh in the national tournament with a 38-4 overall record.
Back-to-back matches against teams from Missouri will be played in the Student Activity Center. Tipoff times for both matches have yet to be established.
St. Louis Community College visits the SAC on Sept. 22 before East Central Missouri comes to Miami on Sept. 23.
The St. Louis Archers finished 5-23 on the season while the East Central Falcons were 20-14.
Later in the day on Sept. 23 and on Sept. 24, the Lady Norse travel to Chanute, Kansas, for the two-day Neosho County Community College Invitational Tournament.