With 15 matches against teams who participated in the NCAA tournament last season, and six matches scheduled for broadcast, coach Fran Flory announced the 2014 schedule Thursday.

With a strong core of returning players, and the 13th-best incoming freshman class in the country, according to Prep Volleyball, the Tigers will look to make a run at their eighth postseason appearance in the past 10 seasons.

The schedule includes three non-conference tournaments before jumping into an 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule in late September.

“We are very excited about the opportunities that this schedule presents,” Flory said. “It is certainly very challenging, right from the start and our team looks forward to those challenges.”

Track and field

TWO 800 METER RUNNERS SIGN: The LSU track & field program has signed a pair of emerging 800-meter runners in Keterra Harris and Jack Wilkes as the Tigers and Lady Tigers continue to add to their Class of 2014.

Harris is a five-time state champion during her prep career at St. Mary’s Academy in Marrero, while Wilkes is a three-time state champion in his own right at Airline in Bossier City.

Harris ended her prep career at St. Mary’s Academy by being named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet in Class 2A after winning state titles in the 400 meters and 800 meters.

Like Harris, Wilkes owns a best of 1 minute, 52.15 seconds in the 800-meter run.

Soccer

ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL DEFENDER JOINS TO TOP 10 RECRUITING CLASS: LSU announced the signing of England international defender Ella Williams as its seventh signee for the Class of 2014.

Williams is a product of England’s youth national team system with experience as an international central defender at the Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.