MJ Engstrom Releases 2014 Volleyball Schedule

ALBANY, N.Y. – Head coach MJ Engstrom has announced the 2014 volleyball schedule, including four in-season tournaments and a full-conference slate.

Engstrom’s team will play four matches against 2013 NCAA opponents and will travel across the country for competition.  UAlbany returns its three all-conference players, the AE Defensive Specialist of the Year and AE Rookie of the Year in its campaign.

The team begins the season in the First State with the University of Delaware Invitational from August 29-30.  The season starts with the tournament host Delaware on Friday, August 29th at 7 p.m.  Then on Saturday, the team plays Rhode Island at 11 a.m. and Loyola at 4:30 p.m.

UAlbany competes in perhaps the strongest tournament of its season the following weekend.  The squad will play in the Yale Tournament, taking on Boston College on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.  On Saturday, UAlbany takes on a pair of 2013 NCAA opponents with Ivy League champion Yale at 1 p.m., then Minnesota, ranked 10th in the final volleyball coaches poll and the alma mater of Engstrom, at 5 p.m.

The next weekend, the Great Danes fly across the country for the Northern Arizona Tournament.  The team kicks off the invitational with a match against UC Riverside at 11 a.m. ET (9 a.m. MT) on Friday, September 12th, followed by a contest against Grand Canyon at 5:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. MT).  It finishes with the tournament host Northern Arizona at 2 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. MT).

The final invitational sees UAlbany look to be the top team in New York, playing in the Syracuse Tournament against three in-state opponents.  The Purple and Gold takes on tournament host Syracuse on Saturday, September 20th.  The next day, UAlbany goes against Cornell at 10 a.m. and Colgate at 3 p.m.

UAlbany kicks off America East play on Friday, September 26th, hosting in-state rival Binghamton at 7 p.m.

The next two games will be on the road as the squad plays UMass Lowell on Friday, October 3rd at 7 p.m., then reigning-America East champion New Hampshire on Sunday, October 5th at 1 p.m.

The Great Danes begin a three-match homestand on Friday, October 10th against Stony Brook at 7 p.m.  Hartford comes into Albany on Sunday, October 12th at 2 p.m., then UMBC enters the Capital District on Friday, October 17th at 7 p.m.

Following an away match at Binghamton on Friday, October 24th at 7 p.m., UAlbany plays its final two home regular season matches of the season, playing New Hampshire on Friday, October 31st at 7 p.m. and UMass Lowell on Sunday, November 2nd at 2 p.m.

The team completes conference play with a trio of road matches, taking on Hartford on Friday, November 7th at 7 p.m., Stony Brook on Sunday, November 9th at 2 p.m. and UMBC on Sunday, November 16th at 2 p.m.

UAlbany will look to host the America East Tournament, which will go to the America East regular season champion.  Tentative dates are November 21st-22nd.

2014 UAlbany Volleyball Schedule (all times ET)

August    
29 (Fri) @ Delaware (Univ. of Delaware Invitational) 7 p.m.
30 (Sat) Rhode Island (Univ. of Delaware Invitational) 11 a.m.
30 (Sat) Loyola (Univ. of Delaware Invitational) 4:30 p.m.
September    
5 (Fri) Boston College (Yale Tournament)  5 p.m. 
6 (Sat) @ Yale (Yale Tournament) 1 p.m.
6 (Sat) Minnesota (Yale Tournament) 5 p.m.
12 (Fri) UC Riverside (Northern Arizona Tournament) 11 a.m.
12 (Fri) Grand Canyon (Northern Arizona Tournament) 5:30 p.m.
13 (Sat) @ Northern Arizona (Northern Arizona Tournament) 2 p.m.
20 (Sat) @ Syracuse (Syracuse Tournament) TBA
21 (Sun) Cornell (Syracuse Tournament)  10 a.m. 
21 (Sun) Colgate (Syracuse Tournament) 3 p.m.
26 (Fri) Binghamton* 7 p.m.
October    
3 (Fri) @ UMass Lowell* 7 p.m.
5 (Sun) @ New Hampshire* 1 p.m.
10 (Fri) Stony Brook* 7 p.m. 
12 (Sun) Hartford*  2 p.m. 
17 (Fri) UMBC*  7 p.m. 
24 (Fri) @ Binghamton*  7 p.m. 
31 (Fri) New Hampshire*  7 p.m. 
November    
2 (Sun) UMass Lowell* 2 p.m.
7 (Fri) @ Hartford* 7 p.m.
9 (Sun) @ Stony Brook* 2 p.m.
16 (Sun) @ UMBC* 2 p.m.
21 (Fri) America East Semifinals (@ TBA) TBA
22 (Sat) America East Finals (@ TBA) TBA