Volleyball announces 2018 schedule

Lynchburg volleyball players celebrate a point. Logo: Lynchburg volleyball.

Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg athletics and head volleyball coach Elizabeth Ellinger are excited to announce the Hornets' 2018 volleyball schedule.

Lynchburg will start the season on the road, however, with a busy weekend of tournament action at Eastern Mennonite University's Route 42 Classic in Harrisonburg, Va. The season will begin Friday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m. against Catholic, with the year's second contest directly after against Salem. The Hornets will face off with Marymount and North Carolina Wesleyan the following day.

The team will christen the new floor inside Turner Gymnasium Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against Averett, the first of nine home matches on the 2018 docket.

Lynchburg will return to tournament play the following weekend, Sept. 7-8, with a trip to the Volunteer State for the Maryville College Invitational in Maryville, Tenn. That schedule includes dates with Rhodes, Salem, host Maryville, and Covenant, an NCAA tournament qualifier a year ago.

After away dates with Mary Washington (Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.) and Southern Virginia (Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.), the Hornets will roll into Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Parents and Alumni Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 15, with matches against league newcomer Ferrum at 11 a.m. and crosstown rival Randolph at 3 p.m. Ferrum's addition to the league brings with it a new format for some weekend matches in which teams will play a tri-match format, so the Panthers and WildCats will square off at 1 p.m. inside Turner Gymnasium in the middle match of the tripleheader.

The weekend slate kicks off a five-match homestand for Lynchburg to finish out September, as Bridgewater (Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.), Roanoke (Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.), and Eastern Mennonite (Saturday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m.) will all visit Lakeside Drive.

Three home dates remain in October, but just one, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. vs. defending ODAC champion Randolph-Macon, is a home affair. Lynchburg will also entertain Mary Baldwin (Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.) and Southern Virginia (Friday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.) in non-conference matches. The latter contest against the Knights will serve as Senior Night.

Road dates of note include tri-matches with perennial ODAC power Washington and Lee and NCAA qualifier Stevenson Saturday, Oct. 6 in Lexington, Va., and NCAA qualifier Christopher Newport and Catholic in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Lynchburg looks to build on a 17-8 record a season ago, the program's eighth winning season in the past nine. The Hornets have reached the ODAC semifinals each of the past two seasons.

Follow this link to view the full 2018 Lynchburg volleyball schedule.