The CAA volleyball conference schedule looks quite a bit different than
last season's as new teams join the eight squads in the league, in
hope's of claiming the Colonial Athletic Association championship crown.
The preseason coaches poll shows that the newcomer College of
Charleston has everybody's attention and respect as they were chosen
almost unanimously to finish first at the end of the season.
Next was Northeastern, followed by the Delaware Blue Hens, Hofstra,
James Madison, Towson, William and Mary and UNCW.
Stay tuned..the preseason action begins on August 30...
The Cougars, who received 7 out of eight first place votes and were
picked to finish first in the CAA in the preseason poll, migrated from the
Southern Conference where they maintained a permanent first place
position either in the tournament playoffs or at the end of the regular
Wow! The Cougars opened the season with a resounding attack on their
prey at the Georgia Tech Invitational on August 30 - 31.
Showing they were well prepared for their first road trip the Cougars
devoured Chattanooga 3-2 in their season open match and just kept on
the hunt in their next game against Flordia A&M with a 3-0 sweep
followed by another 3-0 upset against the favored Georgia Tech.
Maintaining their confidence against Charleston Southern, they swept
their opponents on their own home volleyball court, the TD Arena, on
Tuesday September 3.
The weekend of September 6 - 7 finds the Cougars hosting their
own tournament the C of C Invitational where Indiana, South Carolina
State and Coastal Carolina join the Cougars for a two-day tournament.
A trip to California on September 13 is planned for the Cougars where
they will take on West Coast teams at the Long Beach State
Tournament where they test their fortune against Seattle, Long Beach
State and Loyola Marymount.
The second tournament hosted at home by the Cougars, the C of C
Classic will once again be held in the TD Arena on September 20 - 21,
this time with guest teams from Alabama A7M, UNC Asheville, SMU and
The first CAA volleyball conference match will be on September
27 against Northeastern.
The Knights, picked second in the CAA volleyball conference preseason
coaches poll open the season 1-3 after attending the Dayton
Invitational where they lost in five sets to Missouri State, four sets to
Dayton and five sets to Tulsa on August 30 - 31.
On their home volleyball court, the Cabot Center, the Huskies gained
their confidence and a notch in the winner's column by beating New
Hampshire on Tuesday September 3.
Continuing their very tough preseason schedule Northeastern heads to
the University of Connecticut Invitational to face Pittsburgh, the host
Connecticut and Albany on September 6 - 7.
A west coast trip is next, for the Huskies who travel to the Aztec
Invitational to face the San Francisco Dons, SMU and the host the
Aztecs of SDSU on September 13 - 14.
Three home matches in the Cabot Center are scheduled against three
non conference teams starting with Boston College on September 20,
Harvard on September 21 and St. John's on September 22 before
Northeastern starts their CAA volleyball conference schedule against
College of Charleston on September 27.
Picked 3rd in the preseason coaches poll, the Blue Hens travelled to the
West Coast for the Pepperdine Asics Classic where they were swept
by Pepperdine, Wisconsin and Iona on August 30 -31.
Coach Kinney will take her team to the Loyola (MD) Radisson
Cross Keys Greyhound Challenge next on September 6 - 7 to face
UMBC, La Salle and host Loyola.
A midweek match against Penn on September 10 is scheduled before the
Blue Hens host their own tournament, the Delaware Invitational on
September 13 -14 in the Bob Carpenter Center with visiting teams
from Sacred Heart, Furman, Delaware and Rutgers will come to do
One more trip to Villanova is on the calendar for September 17 before
the Blue Hens fly to South Carolina for the Clemson Classic on
September 20 -21 to face Towson, Alabama and the host the Clemson
The Blue Hens travel to Towson for their first CAA volleyball conference
match on September 27.
The Pride were picked to finish 4th in the CAA volleyball conference
preseason coaches poll and by the way they opened the season at their
own Hofstra Asics Invitational its apparent that the Pride intend to
exceed those expectations.
The Pride will take their 4-0 record to the Harvard Invitational on
September 7 where they face Harvard and College of Holy Cross before
they go up against Fordham on September 10.
The Pride will host their own tournament in the Physical Education
Center on September 13 - 14, the Hofstra Invitational with teams
from Central Michigan, USC Upstate, and Princeton.
A September 17 match against LIU Brooklyn is planned before the Pride
head to the Temple Invitational on September 20 - 21 to confront
Brown, Delaware State and Temple.
UNC Wilmington is the first CAA volleyball conference match for the
Pride on September 27.
James Madison was picked to finish 5th in the preseason coaches poll.
The Jefferson Cup was the first tournament for the Dukes on august 30
where they lost to Montana in five sets and Virginia in four sets before
they beat Marshall in five.
They host their own JMU Classic in the Sinclair Gymnasium on
September 6 - 7 with Wyoming, CSU Bakersfield and Presbyterian
coming to do battle.
A midweek encounter against Radford is next on September 10 before
the Dukes head to the Carolina Classic to try and beat up on Albany,
George Washington and hosts North Carolina on September 13 -14.
On September 20 - 21 host their second tournament in Sinclair
Gymnasium with teams visiting from Wake Forest, Campbell and
William & Mary is the first CAA volleyball conference opponent for the
Dukes on September 27.
Picked to finish 6th in the preseason coaches poll, the first stop on the
Tigers calendar was the Hokie Classic on August 30 - 31 where they
finished with three losses and one win.
The Tigers dropped matches to Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Pacific
before pulling out a win against St. Francis (PA).
On September 3 they beat Coppin State in four sets on their first home
match on their own volleyball court the SECU Arena.
The Tigers will test their 2-3 record at the NC State Tournament on
Sept 6 - 7 where they are scheduled to confront Binghamton,
Appalachian State and host North Carolina State.
A trip to Baltimore is next on September 10 to face UMBC before they
continue onto Albuquerque for the New Mexico Tournament where
they meet up with Northern Arizona, Abilene Christian and host New
A trip to Dover is next for a midweek encounter against Delaware State
before the Tigers hit the trail for the Mizzou Classic to battle against
Southeast Missouri, Missouri, Middle Tennessee State and Samford on
September 20 - 21.
The Tigers will try to consume the Blue Hens of Delaware on Sept 27 in
the first CAA volleyball conference match of the season.
Although they were picked by the CAA volleyball conference coaches to
finish 7th, the Tribe opened the season with a clear statement that
they intend to ignore all forecasts in their regards.
Hosting their own Tribe Invitational on August 30 - 31, W&M
proceeded to upset visiting San Jose State in four sets, before falling to
Campbell in five and Northern Arizona in three.
A West Coast trip to the Fullerton Invitational is next where the Pride
will duke it out with Gardner-Webb, Wake Forest, Kent State and Cal
State Fullerton on September 6 - 7.
The second road trip will be to the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg,
Virginia to test their skills against Duquesne, Lipscomb and Virginia Tech
on September 13 -14.
Norfolk State comes to Williamsburg to face in Tribe on their home court
the Kaplan Arena at William and Mary Hall on September 17, before
William & Mary take to the road again to attend the Jefferson Cup where
they will meet Columbia, Seton Hall and Virginia across the net on
September 20 - 21.
One last non conference match is scheduled against Hampton before
the Tribe travel to Harrisonburg Virginia to confront James Madison for
their first CAA volleyball conference match on September 24.
Although the Seahawks were pick to finish last in 8th at the end of the
season they clearly intend to prove something to themselves and the
nonbelievers as they showed up and showed out at the Kristen
Dieckmann Invitational on August 30 - 31 as they proceeded to
knockout Navy, 3 - 1, Elon in three sets and UIC in four sets as they
walked away with the tournament championship title.
A trip to test their 3-0 record will take the Seahawks to Miami for the
FIU Tournament to encounter Houston Baptist, Alabama and host FIU
on September 6 - 7.
The Seahawks have invited North Carolina A&T, mercer, Western
Carolina and UNC Asheville to participate in their own Hilton Garden Inn
Mayfaire UNCW Volleyball classic on September 13 -15 in Hanover Hall.
A trip to North Carolina to face Campbell is next on September 18 before
UNCW continues on the Winthrop Invitational on September 20 - 21 to
try their luck against The Citadel, Winthrop and Bethune-Cookman.
The Seahawks face Hofstra in their first conference game on September
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