Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The College of Mount St. Joseph men’s volleyball team will play 27 matches, including 16 at home, based on the 2014 schedule released today by first-year Head Coach Ryan Lengerich.
“Included in the core mission of the men’s volleyball program is promoting the sport throughout the region, and there is no better way to do that than to compete at home and give the community the chance to see these talented student-athletes in person,” Lengerich said.
The schedule features 27 matches with 21 to be played against NCAA Division III opponents. The Mount will also face two NCAA Division II schools and four NAIA programs.
The Mount will open the season against Division II Lees-McRae College at a five-team home tournament to take place in the Harrington Center. The Mount will also host the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) crossover in February, in which teams from the eastern division will meet teams in the western division. Each school will play three matches over a two-day span.
“The crossover event will give volleyball fans in the area a chance to see top-quality competition between schools from St. Louis to Washington D.C.,” Lengerich added. “It is setting up to be a great event.”
The addition of three schools to the CVC means there will be six schools in the eastern division, and six in the western division including the Mount for 2014. Each school will play one match at home and one away against each of the other five opponents. During the conference season, the Mount will play its matches on Friday and Saturday.
“The conference did an excellent job ensuring each team a home and road match against the other teams in their division,’’ said Lengerich. “Having the Mount play on Friday and Saturday is good for fans as well as for the student-athletes who will miss the least amount of class time possible. I could not be more thrilled with the way the 2014 schedule came together and I am looking forward to the competition starting in January.”