MSU Volleyball v. Idaho State (copy) (copy)

Montana State's Allyssa Rizzo returns a volley last season against Idaho State in Shroyer Gym.

Montana State will open this season's road schedule at the University of Arkansas Razorback Invitational on Aug. 30-31 in Fayetteville.

MSU, which is coming off back-to-back double-digit winning seasons, will play in three nonconference tournaments all away to start the season. MSU will open at Arkansas against the Razorbacks, Arkansas Little Rock and Northwestern State.

The Bobcats will participate in the Loyola University Chicago Rambler Challenge Sept. 6-7. MSU will face Loyola, Western Michigan and Loyola Maryland. The Bobcats will complete non-league tournament action at Montana on Sept. 13-14 against UTEP and Cal State Bakersfield.

“With the completion of the schedule, the 2019 season is one step closer,” MSU third-year head coach Daniel Jones said. “Our nonconference slate provides a great blend of challenges that will stretch us and help us to prepare for the Big Sky Conference schedule. We’re always very deliberate as we choose our nonconference opponents. A key part of the process is finding early season tests that will help give us a sense of our capabilities and develop toughness and perspective early in the year.”

MSU will play nine Big Sky road matches beginning at rival Montana on Sept. 24 in Missoula.

2019 Montana State Volleyball Schedule:

Aug. 20 Carroll College (exhibition)

Aug. 30-31 at University of Arkansas Tournament

Sept. 6-7 at Loyola University Chicago Rambler Challenge

Sept. 13-14 at University of Montana Invitational

Sept. 17 Seattle U

Sept. 24 at Montana*

Sept. 28 at Northern Colorado*

Oct. 3 Idaho*

Oct. 5 Eastern Washington*

Oct. 10 at Northern Arizona*

Oct. 12 at Southern Utah*

Oct. 17 Weber State*

Oct. 19 Idaho State*

Oct. 24 at Portland State*

Oct. 26 Sacramento State*

Oct. 29 Montana*

Oct. 31 Northern Colorado*

Nov. 7 at Eastern Washington*

Nov. 9 at Idaho*

Nov. 14 Southern Utah*

Nov. 16 Northern Arizona*

Nov. 21 at Idaho State*

Nov. 23 at Weber State*

Nov. 28-30 Big Sky Conference Tournament – Sacramento, Calif.

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.