EUREKA, Ill. – Third-year Eureka College volleyball head coach Becca LaKosh has finalized the Red Devils' 2018 schedule, according to a Friday morning announcement. A season-opening tournament in Wisconsin, nine home matches in the month of October and the traditional 18-match St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference slate highlight EC's 28-match schedule that will begin on Friday, Aug. 31.
Eureka will open the season at the Buc Blast Tournament hosted by Beloit on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The Red Devils' season opener is a 5 p.m. matchup with Alma (Mich.). EC will also play Olivet (Mich.) at 9 p.m. Friday before closing out the two-day event with Saturday matches against host Beloit (1 p.m.) and Rockford (3 p.m.).
The home opener is also the SLIAC opener when defending league champion Westminster comes to Christine Bonati Bollwinkle Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 5 for a 7 p.m. match. A Sept. 11 non-conference match against Knox is Eureka's only other September home match, as Eureka will play 14 of its first 16 matches away from home.
Nine of the final 12 matches in October are at home, starting with an Oct. 3 bout with Blackburn.
Of the 18 league matches, eight will be at home, six will be on the road and four will be at neutral sites. The neutral-site meetings include Spalding in Greenville, Ill. on Sept. 8, MacMurray in Carlinville, Ill. on Sept. 15 and Westminster and Fontbonne in Jacksonville, Ill. on Sept. 22.
The home non-conference schedule features meetings with Lincoln Christian (Oct. 13) and Monmouth (Oct. 16). The Red Devils' non-conference road schedule includes trips to in-state foes Monmouth (Sept. 4), Benedictine (Sept. 26) and Lincoln Christian (Oct. 25).
Senior Day is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. against MacMurray.