WVU Athletics has announced that the volleyball team’s first four home matches will take place inside the WVU Coliseum without spectators.
The athletic department announced this COVID-19 precaution in a statement Monday, saying the decision was made in conjunction with university, local and state officials. This gameday protocol will apply to the two-match home series against Kansas State on Oct. 1-2 and another home series against TCU Oct. 15-16. Only essential gameday personnel and families of players and staff members will be permitted to attend these games.
According to a release, the athletic department will determine fan capacity for future home series against Iowa State (Nov. 6-7) and Texas (Nov. 12-13) at a later time. All fan capacity decisions will be determined by local public health conditions.
West Virginia’s home opener against Kansas State on Thursday, Oct. 1, will air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET. The Mountaineers have won five of their last six matches against the Wildcats, including a series sweep last season. Friday’s match against K-State will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, starting at 6 p.m. ET.
The Mountaineers’ Oct. 15 contest against TCU will be broadcast live on ESPNU, while the remaining five home matches will be streamed live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The service is available via the ESPN App, ESPN.com or ESPNPlus.com for just $5.99 per month, or save over 30 percent with an ESPN+ Annual Plan at $49.99 per year. Current subscribers who signed up for a monthly plan at $4.99 per month will not lose their current price. You also can bundle ESPN+ with Disney+ and Hulu for $12.99 per month, and it can be canceled at any time.