WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek unveiled the 2013 volleyball schedule on Wednesday, a 28-match slate that features 11 home matches, 10 away contests and seven neutral-site matchups.

The schedule will feature 14 non-conference matches and 14 Colonial Athletic Association contests for Bambenek and her squad. Among the highlights are five contests against Tar Heel state programs and contests against NCAA Tournament teams College of Charleston and Hofstra.

“The anticipation is high for our upcoming season and I believe we have the right players and the right mindset to take on a challenging schedule,” said Bambenek, who is entering her fifth season. “We will have talent and leaders in each class, and we believe the entire team is ready and eager for the upcoming season”

The Seahawks will open the season on the road, beginning the campaign Aug. 30-31 at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational in Annapolis, Md., before traveling to Miami for Florida International’s tournament Sept. 6-7.

UNCW makes its home debut Sept. 13 when it faces state foes North Carolina A&T and UNC Asheville in the first day of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball Classic. The three-day event at Hanover Hall also includes matches against Mercer and Western Carolina.

The Seahawks return to the road to renew acquaintances with longtime rival Campbell on Sept. 18 before closing out tournament play with a Sept. 20-21 date at the Winthrop Tournament.

“Our non-conference schedule will give us the opportunity to establish ourselves against some regional rivals, but I’m also excited to test our talents against some out of region teams - Illinois-Chicago, Alabama, and Houston Baptist, who all finished in the top 150 RPI rankings”

UNCW opens league play Sept. 27 at defending tournament champion Hofstra and wraps up league play Nov. 10 at 2012 regular season victor Towson. The CAA schedule is a round-robin format that will see the Seahawks play all seven league opponents in home-and-home matchups.

“The CAA has always been a very competitive league and the 2013 season should be no exception,” said Bambenek. “The College of Charleston is a great addition to our conference after advancing to the second round of NCAA Tournament last season and finishing with a 45 RPI. I look forward to the future battles between our teams this fall and in the years to come.”