POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The Pearl River volleyball fans can now mark up their calendars — the Wildcats have a schedule.
PRCC announced the team's finalized schedule Thursday.
As the first Mississippi JUCO program a year ago, PRCC relied heavily on out-of-state schools to fill out its schedule. While the Wildcats will still have to visit schools in Florida and Alabama, their travel has been simplified in 2021.
Two other MACCC members, Itawamba and Northwest, have joined the volleyball ranks, debuting their programs this season. The trio of Mississippi schools will meet multiple times this season.
The Wildcats will clash with their in-state foes early in the schedule. PRCC opens its season at home Jan. 23 against Northwest and Coastal Alabama-East. After hosting Itawamba on Jan. 28, PRCC travels to Pensacola State College on Jan. 29 to play St. John's River State College and Lake-Sumter State College.
The Wildcats visit Coastal Alabama South on Feb. 2 and then host Bevill State on Feb. 6.
PRCC then visits William Carey to play ICC and the host Crusaders on Feb. 8 before turning around to host Northwest on Feb. 11 and Pensacola State College on Feb. 16.
The Wildcats visit Lawson State on Feb. 19 and then visit ICC to play Snead State and Spartanburg Methodist on Feb. 20. PRCC caps its four-match road trip Feb. 23 at Gadsden State.
March is a road-heavy schedule to close out the season with only three matches inside Shivers Gymnasium.
PRCC opens the month against Coastal Alabama-South at home on March 3 and then visits Northwest on March 5 and PSC on March 9. Following a home tilt against Judson College on March 12, PRCC goes back on the road for five contests.
PRCC plays Wallace State-Hanceville and host Bevill State on March 16, visits Coastal Alabama-East to play the host and PSC on March 20 and then treks to Itawamba on March 23. PRCC will close out its 2020-21 schedule at home March 26 against Lawson State.
If Pearl River earns at least a .500 record against Alabama Community College Conference foes, the Wildcats will earn a play-in match against the ACCC's fifth seed on March 31. The winner of that competition advances to the ACCC Tournament.
HOW TO WATCH
PRCC currently plans to stream all home events for the 2020-21 school year. To tune in, visit PRCCMedia.com.
For times and updates throughout the season, check PRCCAthletics.com.