By (Ehsan Kassim)

After winning 20 matches in three out of its last four seasons, the Alabama volleyball team will look to extend the best stretch in its history into 2017.

The team’s schedule, announced on Wednesday, features the Crimson Tide hosting 15 matches in the Foster Auditorium.

The Crimson Tide will open its season in the Mortar Board Premier Tournament, hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. There they will face Cleveland State and Oral Roberts on Friday and then the host Purdue on Aug. 26.

Alabama will open its home schedule on Sept. 8-9, with a pair of Friday matches against Tennessee State and Hofstra and a Saturday match against Furman, in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash.

The Crimson-White Tournament will happen on Sept. 15-16, with Alabama playing Southern and Murray State on Friday and Troy on Saturday.

Alabama will face five in-state opponents in 2017, with Troy (Sept. 16) being the lone home match. Alabama will travel to South Alabama (Sept. 1), Samford (Sept. 12), Alabama State (Oct. 12) and Auburn (Nov. 1) for its four in-state road games.

Alabama and Auburn are only scheduled to face off once against each other in the regular season.

The Crimson Tide will host Georgia to start its SEC play. The Crimson Tide went 9-9 in SEC play last season.

Alabama will have a streak of four consecutive matches on the road beginning from Oct. 6 against Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide won six of its final seven matches in 2016 and has a favorable chance to repeat a strong close, with five of the final seven matches of the regular season at home. That includes a three-game stretch beginning against Georgia Sunday, Nov. 5.

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Source:: The Crimson White Sports