NOTRE DAME, Ind. — After a 6-1 fall campaign, the thirteenth-ranked Notre Dame volleyball team is set to return to action with a 12-game spring slate that was announced Tuesday (Feb. 16) by head coach Mike Johnson.
“More than anything, we are grateful to be able to play,” said Johnson. “This is an unorthodox season in an unprecedented time and we are thankful for the extraordinary work of so many in bringing us to this point. I look forward to honoring their efforts with our play. This team is excited to get back on the court!”
The Irish return to action this Thursday, February 18 with a home match against Valparaiso before 11 consecutive contests against ACC opponents.
The ACC’s spring schedule will consist of five three-team pods competing at one site each weekend. Notre Dame hosts pods on two of the five weekends of the season on March 5-7 and March 26-28.
The entirety of the 2021 Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, which will include 48 teams, is currently slated to be played at CHI Health Center Arena and Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska, from April 13-24. The scheduled dates for competition are subject to change, but for now, the schedule would be the following:
First-round matches would occur April 13, followed by second-round matches April 14. The regional semifinals would be held April 17, followed by the regional finals April 19.
The two national semifinal matches would be April 22, and the national championship match is scheduled for April 24.
See Notre Dame’s complete spring schedule below.
2021 Notre Dame Volleyball Spring Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 18 – vs. Valparaiso (1 p.m. ET)
Saturday, Feb. 27 – at Louisville (4 p.m. ET)
Friday, March 5 – vs. NC State (7 p.m. ET)
Sunday, March 7 – vs. Miami FL (1:30 p.m. ET)
Friday, March 12 – at Florida State (5 p.m. ET)
Saturday, March 13 – vs. Virginia Tech (3 p.m. ET – Tallahassee, FL)
Saturday, March 20 – vs. Wake Forest (3 p.m. ET – Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Sunday, March 21 – at North Carolina (1 p.m. ET)
Friday, March 26 – vs. Clemson (7 p.m. ET)
Sunday, March 28 – vs. Virginia (1 p.m. ET)
Thursday, April 1 – at Georgia Tech (6 p.m. ET)
Friday, April 2 – vs. Duke (4 p.m. ET – Atlanta, GA)
Notre Dame is currently tabbed #13 in the AVCA Coaches Poll after going 6-1 in seven ACC contests last Fall. The Irish are looking for their third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four seasons.