Volleyball Set To Take On Challenging Slate in 2019

Volleyball Set To Take On Challenging Slate in 2019

BOSTON, Mass.—UMass Boston Volleyball is set to face a challenging schedule this fall, as the Beacons look to reclaim their spot atop the Little East Conference. 

The Beacons will take part in one tournament and three tri-matches, including an early-season trip to Minnesota. 

Head coach Michael Houlihan's squad will kick off their season on Friday August 31, when they take on a familiar face and a Boston rival. The Beacons will open the season at Noon against New England College and second-year head coach Kirsten Morrison. Morrison played for four seasons as a Beacon and then served as an assistant coach with the program, before leaving to take over the Pilgrims last summer. UMass Boston will close out the tri-match with a matchup against local rival Emerson College at 4 p.m. 

After a week off from matches, UMass Boston will take on four quality opponents at the Augsburg University Invitational. All four teams the Beacons will meet on Friday September 6 and Saturday September 7 made the 2018 NCAA Tournament, including the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Friday September 6 at 6 p.m.) who reached the National Semifinals last season. The trip will also be a homecoming for senior hitter Emilia Czapiewska (Saint Paul, Minn.) who grew up in Minnesota. 

The Beacons will kick-off their conference slate on Friday September 20 at 6 p.m., when they host Castleton University for only their second-ever Little East Conference meeting.   

UMass Boston will close out the month with six more matches, including a key three-match, road weekend on Friday September 27 and 28. UMass Boston will take on defending LEC Regular Season and Tournament Champions Eastern Connecticut State University on the 27th (7 p.m.) and then take on 2018 NCAA Tournament Participant Kean University (1 p.m.) and host Trinity College (Conn) on the 28th

UMass Boston will play the rest of their conference schedule in October with six LEC matches (three home and three road). The biggest non-conference match of the second half of the season comes on Saturday October 12, when UMass Boston travels to NCAA Tournament participant Springfield College at 1 p.m. 

The Beacons will wrap up their regular season on November 2 at 1 p.m., when they host Brandeis University for their Senior Day match. 

In total, UMass Boston will take on seven teams that played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament during their 2019 campaign. 


2019 Volleyball Schedule

Overall 12-19
Pct. .387
Conf. 5-3
Pct. .625
Streak Lost 1
Home 9-1
Away 3-11
Neutral 0-7
Matches 31
Kills per set 9.65
Hitting % .141
Assists per set 8.94
Blocks per set 1.58
Service Aces per set 2.57
Digs per set 14.88
* Conference
% Post season