WORCESTER, Mass. - Assumption second-year head volleyball coach Elyse Rowland is pleased to release the program's 2017 schedule, featuring a number of tough non-conference opponents to prepare the team for NE10 action.
"I'm really looking forward to our two tournaments to open the year," said Rowland. "The Christian Brothers Tournament will be great for us to compete against teams from a complete different region than what we typically see. I think the competition is going to be very tough so it should kick us into high gear early to get us prepared for another year of intense conference play. Additionally, I'm feeling really good about the conference this year. The returners have been working so hard both on and off the court, and I know the freshmen who are coming in will help us as well. It's definitely not going to be easy which is what I love about the NE10. I'm excited to see us compete this year."
The Hounds will begin their season by competing in the Christian Brother Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. They will face off Christian Brothers and Arkansas on Sept. 1 and Tiffin and Newman on Sept. 2. This will be their first season competing in the tournament.
The Hounds will spend Sept. 8 and 9 in Manchester, New Hampshire playing four matches, including one against host Saint Anselm. Assumption faces Nyack on the opening day, along with the Hawks, while squaring off against Florida Tech and Edinboro a day later.
Dominican is the first home opponent for the Hounds as they face off on Sept. 11. A week later they kick off NE10 play on Sept. 19 at defending Conference Champion, New Haven. They round out the month of September with two NE10 road contests against Saint Michael's and Adelphi.
To begin the month of October, Assumption will host Southern Connecticut State at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3. The Hounds will then travel to Le Moyne, Bentley, and Pace before hosting a pair of home games. Assumption will take on Merrimack on Oct. 21 and Stonehill on Oct. 24.
The Hounds close out their regular-season with two NE10 home games. They will be host Saint Anselm on Nov. 4 for senior day and then square off against American International on Nov. 7.