2012 Manhattan College Volleyball Schedule Released
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan College volleyball team's 2012 schedule was unveiled today by fourth-year Head Coach Mark Jones. The challenging 31-match slate includes three preseason tournaments, as well as the traditional 18-contest double round robin Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) schedule. The Jaspers will host 10 matches at Draddy Gymnasium, where they went 8-2 last season.
Manhattan begins the season in Philadelphia at the La Salle Invitational. The Jaspers take on Loyola Chicago and Bucknell on Aug. 25 before ending the tournament against the host Explorers the following day. Manhattan then heads to Williamsburg, Va., for the William & Mary Tournament. After squaring off with William & Mary on Aug. 31, the Jaspers face Georgetown and Campbell on Sept. 1. The Jaspers' final preseason tournament is the Harvard Invitational on Sept. 7-8, where Manhattan will play Providence and Division I newcomer Northern Kentucky in addition to the Crimson.
The Jaspers pay a visit to St. Francis (NY) on Sept. 12, then start their MAAC schedule with road matches against Iona (Sept. 15) and Fairfield (Sept. 16). Manhattan's home opener against Lafayette on Sept. 19 is the first of six consecutive matches at Draddy Gymnasium. The Jaspers also take on Marist (Sept. 22), Siena (Sept. 23), Rider (Sept. 26), Niagara (Sept. 29), Canisius (Sept. 30) during the homestand.
After wrapping up the season series against Rider with a trip to Lawrenceville on Oct. 6, the Jaspers have back-to-back matches against Loyola (Oct. 7 in Baltimore, Oct. 10 at Draddy Gymnasium) before visiting Saint Peter's on Oct. 13. The following weekend, Manhattan welcomes Iona (Oct. 20) and Fairfield (Oct. 21) to Riverdale.
Manhattan plays the first of six straight road matches with a non-conference tilt at Army on Oct. 24. The Jaspers then embark upon consecutive MAAC weekends in Upstate New York. Manhattan makes the Siena-Marist trip on Oct. 27-28, and opens November with its annual trek to Buffalo. The Jaspers visit Canisius on Nov. 3 and three-time defending MAAC champion Niagara a day later.
The Jaspers' final road match of the season, a Nov. 7 date at Fairleigh Dickinson, is also their last non-conference tilt. Manhattan then concludes the regular season by hosting Saint Peter's on Nov. 10.This year's MAAC Tournament will be held at Fairfield's Alumni Hall on Nov. 17-18. The top four teams in the final MAAC standings will qualify for the event.