WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Coming off one of the best seasons in program history, UNCW Head Volleyball Coach Amy Bambenek has announced a 2014 schedule that includes 31 contests - 14 home matches, 10 road contests and seven neutral-site tests.

The Seahawks will face a challenging schedule that features four teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament as well as four squads that ranked in the top-75 of the final Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Also included on the schedule are matches with state foes Campbell, UNC Charlotte, Davidson, Colonial Athletic Association newcomer Elon, High Point and NC State.

 “This is certainly an ambitious schedule that will test our team in many ways, but I know they will be eager to step up to the challenge of a competitive schedule,” said Bambenek. “The strength of our preseason tournaments will indeed give us a platform to help prepare the team for conference play, and the CAA will once again be a battle to earn a top-six bid into the conference championship.

“Knowing the path that lies ahead this fall has always given our players great motivation to improve and stay dedicated over the summer months so we are 100 percent prepared to play fast and at a high level.”

For the second time in three seasons, the Seahawks open the regular season at home as they entertain Coastal Carolina, Eastern Washington, Fairfield and NC State in the UNCW Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Classic on Aug. 29-31. The Seahawks will play all four teams during the three-day event, squaring off against Coastal Carolina and NCAA Tournament qualifier Fairfield on Aug. 29, NC State on Aug. 30 and Eastern Washington on Aug. 31.

September begins with a trip to Greenville for the East Carolina Tournament on Sept. 5-6, where the Seahawks face Morgan State, Norfolk State and Tennessee Tech at the two-day event.

The Seahawks take a break from tournament play when they host longtime rival Campbell on Sept. 10 in Hanover Hall. The two teams have met in 10 of the last 11 seasons and this year’s installment in the series will be the 35th meeting overall.

UNCW returns to the road when Bambenek’s club takes part in Davidson’s Wildcat Classic on Sept. 12-13. It will be a Tar Heel State affair as the Seahawks square off against the host Wildcats, UNC Charlotte and High Point.

Tournament play comes to a close for the Seahawks the following weekend in the Hokie Invitational on Sept. 20-21 in Blacksburg, Va. In addition to the host Hokies, UNCW will face Marshall and 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Radford.

CAA play gets underway the final weekend of September with home matchups against Northeastern (Sept. 26) and Hofstra (Sept. 28) and concludes the second weekend of November with road dates against Towson (Nov. 14) and Delaware (Nov. 15). The CAA schedule will once again be a round robin format that sees the Seahawks play all eight league opponents in home-and-home matchups.

UNCW takes one break from league play for its final non-conference contest on Oct. 8 against 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Hampton.

The top six teams in the CAA standings will advance to the 2014 CAA Volleyball Championships, scheduled for Nov. 22-24 at the home of the regular season champion.