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The excitement generated by the debut of the ACC Network began simply enough. The conference finally had their own television coverage. That broadened as the realization that the availability of conference football and basketball games would expand. With two baseball teams in the College World Series it picked up further momentum. Now, the conference has released a coverage schedule for women’s sports that boosts coverage 90 percent. That’s no small change. It’s also a great sign for other women’s sports and how they’ll be covered in the coming year.
A total of sixty-two regular season and conference tournament women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games will be aired on the new ACC Network.
It’s not as if there isn’t an audience and a growing demand for coverage either. In addition to Florida State, the reigning NCAA Women’s Soccer Champions, the ACC has a total of 26 titles in the sport.
In field hockey, the conference owns 19 NCAA titles including North Carolina’s in 2018. That kind of history builds a strong fan base and draws the attention of recruits.
And, last year the ACC continues to see growth in volleyball with 5 teams receiving bids to the NCAA Volleyball Championship. Exposure on the ACC Network will make many a coaches efforts in signing up star players that much easier.
One huge draw and certainly generating plenty of national attention is women’s basketball. With two top rated ACC teams last year in Notre Dame and Louisville plus NC State, Syracuse, Miami and Florida State finishing in the Top 25 there’s plenty of reason to watch this season.
That won’t be the only sports that finds it’s way to the screen. Softball has picked up significantly in viewership so you should expect to catch plenty of games next spring.
Are you using your smartphone or computer calendar to help save you time? Here’s something you’ll like. Volleyball and women’s soccer will both have dedicated nights of coverage. You can enter Wednesdays if you want to see more volleyball. Thursday with bonus matches on Sunday will be set aside for women’s soccer broadcasts. As for field hockey you can pencil in Friday and Sunday.
How about ACC Championship action? The ACC Network plans on airing the preliminaries and final of the ACC Field Hockey Championship. As for the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, you’ll see the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Field Hockey Schedule
|Sun, Sept. 8||1 p.m.||Penn at North Carolina|
|Sun, Sept. 8||10:30 a.m.||Princeton vs Wake Forest (@ Chapel Hill)|
|Sun, Sept. 15||3 p.m.||William & Mary at North Carolina|
|Fri, Sept. 20||4 p.m.||Virginia at Syracuse|
|Fri, Oct. 4||4 p.m.||Duke at North Carolina|
|Fri, Oct. 18||4 p.m.||Duke at Virginia|
|Mon, Oct. 28||6 p.m.||Liberty at Virginia|
|Thu, Nov. 7||Noon||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Thu, Nov. 7||2:30 p.m.||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Thu, Nov. 7||5 p.m.||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Fri, Nov. 8||Noon||ACC Championship Semifinal|
|Sun, Nov. 10||11 a.m.||ACC Championship Final|
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Women’s Soccer Schedule
|Sun, Aug. 25||2 p.m.||Wisconsin at Florida State|
|Sun, Aug. 25||7 p.m.||Colgate at Syracuse|
|Wed, Aug. 28||5 p.m.||Santa Clara at Wake Forest|
|Wed, Aug. 28||7 p.m.||Georgetown at Duke|
|Sun, Sept. 1||2 p.m.||West Virginia at Virginia|
|Thu, Sept. 5||7 p.m.||Georgetown at Virginia|
|Thu, Sept. 12||7 p.m.||Colorado at Florida State|
|Sun, Sept. 15||1 p.m.||Furman at NC State|
|Sun, Sept. 15||6 p.m.||South Carolina at Clemson|
|Thu, Sept. 19||7 p.m.||Boston College at Florida State|
|Sun, Sept. 22||1 p.m.||NC State at Duke|
|Thu, Sept. 26||7 p.m.||NC State at North Carolina|
|Sun, Sept. 29||2 p.m.||Duke at Virginia|
|Sun, Sept. 29||7 p.m.||Pittsburgh at Miami|
|Thu, Oct. 3||7 p.m.||Wake Forest at Louisville|
|Sun, Oct. 6||2 p.m.||Duke at Virginia Tech|
|Thu, Oct. 10||7 p.m.||North Carolina at Duke|
|Sun, Oct. 13||1 p.m.||Virginia at Florida State|
|Sun, Oct. 13||5 p.m.||Virginia Tech at NC State|
|Thu, Oct. 17||7 p.m.||North Carolina at Boston College|
|Sun, Oct. 20||2 p.m.||Notre Dame at Virginia|
|Thu, Oct. 24||7 p.m.||Florida State at North Carolina|
|Sun, Oct. 27||1 p.m.||Florida State at Wake Forest|
|Thu, Oct. 31||8 p.m.||Duke at Florida State|
|Sun, Nov. 3||1 p.m.||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Sun, Nov. 3||3 p.m.||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Sun, Nov. 3||5 p.m.||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Sun, Nov. 3||7 p.m.||ACC Championship Quarterfinal|
|Fri, Nov. 8||2:30 p.m.||ACC Championship Semifinal|
|Fri, Nov. 8||5 p.m.||ACC Championship Semifinal|
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|Wed, Sept. 4||7 p.m.||Valparaiso at Notre Dame|
|Wed, Sept. 18||7 p.m.||Michigan at Notre Dame|
|Wed, Sept. 25||6:30 p.m.||Pittsburgh at Virginia|
|Sun, Sept. 29||Noon||Boston College at Georgia Tech|
|Sun, Sept. 29||4 p.m.||Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh|
|Wed, Oct. 2||7 p.m.||North Carolina at NC State|
|Sun, Oct. 6||Noon||Pittsburgh at Florida State|
|Wed, Oct. 9||7 p.m.||Georgia Tech at Clemson|
|Sun, Oct. 13||3 p.m.||Notre Dame at Duke|
|Wed, Oct. 16||7 p.m.||Louisville at Notre Dame|
|Sun, Oct. 20||Noon||Syracuse at Florida State|
|Wed, Oct. 23||7 p.m.||Wake Forest at Duke|
|Sun, Oct. 27||3 p.m.||Pittsburgh at Louisville|
|Wed, Oct. 30||TBD||Miami at Florida State|
|Friday, Nov. 15||6 p.m.||NC State at Miami|
|Sun, Nov. 17||1 p.m.||Syracuse at Notre Dame|
|Friday, Nov. 22||TBD||Florida State at Pittsburgh|
|Sun, Nov. 24||1 p.m.||Duke at Florida State|
|Wed, Nov. 27||TBD||Louisville at Pittsburgh|
|Sun, Dec. 1||1 p.m.||Clemson at Syracuse|
Remember, the new ACC Network has a launch date of August 22. So, if your cable provider isn’t on board yet, pester the hell out of them!