Highlighted by the Merrimack Invitational at Hammel Court in mid-September, the Merrimack College Athletic Department and sixth-year head coach TJ Hajjar are pleased to announce the 2016 schedule for the women’s volleyball program.
The Warriors will play in nearly 30 matches, 29 to be exact, this fall including an appearance in three tournaments to begin the year. Merrimack begins the season Sept. 3-4 in Clarion, Pa. for the Tony Banner Memorial Tournament to play three matches. The following weekend sees the Warriors travel their farthest distance during the year, visiting South Carolina for four matches at the USC Aiken Invitational.
Beginning on Sept. 16 at 10 a.m., the Warriors will host 11 matches as part of the Merrimack Invitational. Nebraska-Kearney, an NCAA Tournament participant last year, two Northeast-10 foes in Bentley and American International as well as East Stroudsburg comprise the tournament field which will take place over two days at Hammel Court. The Navy and Gold play in five matches over the two-day tournament.
The Warriors will play a pair of non-conference singles games over the first three weeks of the season as well, including their home opener against Southern New Hampshire (Sept. 6). The Navy and Gold also travel to Saint Anselm (Sept. 15) before playing in the Merrimack Invite.
NE-10 play commences on Sept. 24 at Saint Michael’s, followed by a league date with Bentley (Sept. 27). Those two matches begin a stretch of six of nine contests away from campus for the Warriors. The three home matches during that stretch feature Southern Connecticut (Oct. 1), New Haven (Oct. 8) and Franklin Pierce (Oct. 18).
The end of October finds the Warriors playing three straight matches at home and three matches over a five-day span. Pace arrives on campus first on Friday, Oct. 28, followed by a duel with Adelphi, the defending conference champions. Merrimack meets Saint Anselm (Nov. 1) for the second time in 2016 to round out the home stand.
Merrimack then heads to upstate New York to face Le Moyne (Nov. 4) and Saint Rose (Nov. 5), before returning to Hammel Court for the home finale against Assumption (Nov. 12).
Eight teams advance to the NE-10 Championship, which begins with the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The highest seed remaining following the quarterfinals hosts the semifinals (Nov. 18) and finals (Nov. 19) at one site.