BOSTON, Mass. – The UMass Boston volleyball team announced their 2014 schedule this afternoon, and will once again feature some of the top teams in all of Division III volleyball. The Beacons fresh off of their third trip to the NCAA National Championship, will look to repeat this fall.
The season will officially begin on August 30 when they compete in the Haverford College Invitational in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The Beacons hunt for a sixth straight Little East Conference title will begin on September 23 when they host Rhode Island College.
This season, the Beacons will host a pair of tournaments in the Clark Athletic Center Gym. The first two-day tournament will start on September 12. The Beacons will face a very difficult group of teams as they take on Salisbury University (Md.), Williams College, Middlebury College, and Whitman College (Wash.). Their annual Beacons Invitational will once again be played in October and will feature Trine University (Ind.), Emerson College, Roger Williams University, and Colby-Sawyer College.
Following the Endicott College Invitational, the Beacons will travel to Salve Regina University for a 7 p.m. non-conference match on September 17. Following the home and LEC opener against the Anchorwomen, the Beacons will travel to Keene, New Hampshire to take on the Owls. In a rematch of last year's championship that match will feature a showdown between reigning Co-Offensive Players of the Year, Julia Murphy (Canton, Mass.) and Keene's Angela Silveri.
The Beacons will close out the month of September with another huge test as they travel up Route 93 to take on Tufts University. They will then kick-off October with a rematch of last year's NCAA Regional First Round game as they travel to Wellesley College for a 7 p.m. non-conference match.
On October 7, UMass will host the Huskies of Southern Maine in a LEC tilt, just three days before their Beacons Invitational. Bowdoin College will travel the Clark Athletic Center Gym, for the first time ever on October 14. The Beacons will then play three straight Little East matches, two of which will be played in Boston.
They will then close out the regular season with a trip to Atlanta, Georgia to take part in the Emory University Invitational. It will be the second time in the last three years that UMass Boston has competed in the two-day tournament. While in Atlanta, they will face Washington and Lee University, the fifth-ranked Eagles of Emory, and Berry College.