Featuring eight home matches as part of its first Division I season as members of the Northeast Conference, the Merrimack College women’s volleyball program announced its 2019 schedule on Thursday afternoon.
Under the direction of third-year head coach Jeff Costa, the Warriors immediately jump into a full DI regular-season schedule that includes 16 conference matches as the program plays each of its NEC foes twice, once at home and once on the road. The Warriors play nine out-of-conference matches as well, including notable opponents from the Big East and Ivy League as well as a pair of contest against their now-former Northeast-10 Conference brethren.
Merrimack’s season opener will occur on Wednesday, Sept. 4, against Providence College at the Friars’ Alumni Hall. The team’s home opener is currently set for Tuesday, Oct. 1, against Bryant University.
- The entirety of Merrimack’s opening month will either be true road matches or contests at neutral sites. The Warriors compete in a tri-match at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday, Sept. 7, before competing in the Lafayette Invitational the following weekend (Sept. 13-14), taking on the host Leopards in addition to matches against Siena and Delaware State.
- Merrimack’s first-ever NEC match occurs at Robert Morris and at Saint Francis University (Sept. 27-28). Those matches start a streak of 11 straight conference tilts, which features home matches against Bryant (Oct. 1), Central Connecticut (Oct. 4) as part of Homecoming Weekend, Saint Francis Brooklyn (Oct. 12), Robert Morris (Oct. 17) and Saint Francis U. (Oct. 25). The squad closes the month with a Halloween match at the University of Hartford
- Merrimack closes the season with six matches in November. Five of those are NEC dates, with the team’s non-conference finale at Dartmouth (Nov. 13) sprinkled in. Merrimack will be home to face Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 8) and Long Island University (Nov. 9) as well as hosting Sacred Heart (Nov. 15) for its final home match
- Defending NEC champion Bryant headlines Merrimack’s conference opponents. The Warriors and Bulldogs collide twice in a span of 11 days in October as Merrimack will test its meddle against the defending league champs. Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut and Long Island University round out the quarter of team’s that advanced to the NEC Tournament
- Non-conference opposition for the Warriors include representatives from the Big East (Providence), Patriot League (Holy Cross, Lafayette), the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), America East (Hartford) and Ivy League (Darmouth)
- Merrimack will reunite with two of its former NE10 conference-mates as well. The Warriors have won seven of their last eight matches over Saint Michael’s dating back to 2013-14 while SNHU is another familiar opponent. The Warriors and Penmen have faced off six times over the last three seasons