"We have a tough non-conference schedule that has us playing different teams with different styles," stated Torbett, the 2009 Big South Conference Coach of the Year. "We're going to be on the road a great deal, especially in the first half of the year. I believe that will make us battle-tested and prepare us for the rigors of the Big South Conference."
Asheville opens the 2010 season with three tournaments in the first three weekends of the year. The Bulldogs will compete in the James Madison Invitational in the opening weekend (Aug. 27-28) of the season. Asheville takes on Davidson, James Madison and Stetson in the tournament.
The next weekend (Sept. 3-4) has the Bulldogs traveling to the South Alabama Invitational in Mobile. Asheville will play four matches in the tourney with matches against Alabama State and South Alabama the first day and then matches vs. Alabama A&M and Southeastern Louisiana the next day.
Torbett's club goes to the ETSU Invitational (Sept. 10-11) the following weekend. The Bulldogs battle Southern Conference foe UNC Greensboro on Sept. 10 with matches vs. Austin Peay and ETSU on Sept. 11.
On Sept. 18, Asheville heads to Western Carolina for a tri-match with North Carolina A&T and the Catamounts.
After playing their first 12 matches on the road, the Bulldogs finally get a chance to play at home with a brief two-game homestand. Asheville begins defense of its Big South Conference regular-season championship against Gardner-Webb on Sept. 21 and then takes on tournament champion Coastal Carolina on Sept. 25.
The Bulldogs are back on the road at Mercer (Sept. 28) before playing their next five matches on the road, all Big South Conference opponents. Asheville starts the road trip at Radford (Oct. 1) and ends it at Winthrop (Oct. 9).
The Bulldogs are then at home for seven of their next eight matches. Asheville hosts perennial league power Liberty (Oct. 16) before heading to Coastal Carolina (Oct. 23) the next weekend. The six-match homestand starts with Mercer (Oct. 26) and ends with the final home match of the season vs. Charleston Southern (Nov. 6).
Torbett's club finishes the regular season with road contests at Gardner-Webb (Nov. 9) and Liberty (Nov. 13).Asheville finished with a 25-10 overall record last season, the third best mark in school history. The Bulldogs set a school record for BSC wins as they went 13-3 and won their fifth regular-season title.