Saturday, June 07, 2014
Following up on the most successful season in school history, the Mount men’s volleyball 2015 schedule will feature 11 matches against teams who were ranked in the top-15 of the country at some point last season.
“We will get tested every weekend next season and there won’t be an easy win on the schedule,” said second-year Head Coach Ryan Lengerich, who led the team to a 16-11 record last season. “I know the student-athletes wouldn’t want it any other way. They came to the Mount to play the best competition possible, and they will get a chance to do that.”
The Lions open the season Jan. 17 against Division II opponent Limestone College at Oak Hills High School.
“Limestone is a great program, and we are excited to be able to take what we know will be an entertaining match into the community,’’ Lengerich said. “Oak Hills High School has graciously agreed to showcase the match in their gym and we are excited for the opportunity to play there.”
The following week the Lions will host Medaille College, Marymount University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Lakeland College in the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament. Medaille, from Buffalo, N.Y., finished last year ranked 11th in the country, according the AVCA coaches poll. The Lions will open February play at Thiel College in Pennsylvania where they will take on Nazareth, Elmira and Thiel. Nazareth finished the season ranked 13th while Elmira finished 10th.
Conference season starts February 6-7 and continues with two matches every weekend until the regular season ends March 29 at home against MSOE. The Lions will join the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) this coming season, after three seasons competing in the Continental Volleyball Conference, which split following the 2014 campaign.
The MCVL will consist of former CVC teams: the Mount, MSOE, Lakeland, Dominican University, Carthage College and Fontbonne University. The conference added new programs in Benedictine University and Loras College.
“The conference season is going to be a grind,” Lengerich said. “You know Carthage, Lakeland and Dominican are going to be loaded. MSOE and Fontbonne continue to recruit well and the two new programs have great young coaches who will have their teams competing at a high level immediately.”
During Spring Break week, Kean University from New Jersey will travel to the Mount for a double header on March 9. Kean finished ninth in the country last season after winning a game in the national tournament.
The schedule features 26 matches with 15 to be played on the Lions’ home court in the Harrington Center.
“Everything came together perfectly,” Lengerich said. “Our home fans will see some incredible volleyball, and we will be challenged every week. We will face teams this program has never seen in the past. I can’t wait to get started.”