Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon volleyball team has released its 2018 schedule. The Hornets will play 21 regular season matches, including seven North Atlantic Conference contests and seven home matches in Stannard Gymnasium. Head coach Sean Fisher returns for his 13th season to lead the Hornets.
The complete 2018 schedule can be found HERE.
Lyndon opens its season on September 1st with a tri-match at former NAC member New England College. The Hornets will face both the host Pilgrims and Fitchburg State University. NEC is moving to the New England Collegiate Conference this season, while Fitchburg State competes in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Hornets will then play in the Vermont Volleyball Classic at Southern Vermont College on September 2nd and 3rd. Northern Vermont University-Johnson and Norwich University will join the Hornets and the host Mountaineers. Each team will play two pool matches on Sunday and another on Monday. The top two teams will then play for the Classic championship, with the other two squads meeting in a consolation match.
A quad match at Castleton University on September 8th will be next on the slate. There the Hornets will face another MASCAC school, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and NECC member Bay Path University. Bay Path is coming off of a 9-14 season, while MCLA went 11-18 a year ago and qualified for the MASCAC Tournament.
The Hornets open the home campaign on Wednesday, September 12th, when they host NVU-Johnson. The Hornets and Badgers will square off at least five times this season, with the added importance of accumulating points for the innaugural Northern Vermont University President's Challenge Cup, to be awarded to the campus that demonstrates athletic superiority over the 2018-2019 academic year. The Hornets swept the Badgers, 3-0, in both of their 2017 matches.
Lyndon will then travel to Green Mountain College on Sunday, September 16th, for a pair of non-conference matchups. They will face the host Eagles, who are making the transition from Division III and the NAC to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn, members of the Skyline Conference. The Hornets and Eagles met in a NAC match last season, with the Eagles coming away with a hard fought 3-1 win.
The Hornets will return to the court at NVU-Johnson on September 24th, then host fellow Vermont State Colleges NVU-Johnson and Castleton in a tri-match on September 30th. The Spartans have departed the NAC and are joining the Little East Conference this season.
Lyndon will host a NAC quad match on October 13th. The Hornets and NVU-Johnson will both face Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University. The Mariners and Eagles finished 1-2 in the NAC regular season standings a year ago. MMA then went on to capture the conference championship and earn a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Following a home non-conference match with Norwich on October 17th, the Hornets will travel to Johnson for a quad match on October 20th. They will face NAC newcomer University of Maine at Presque Isle in a conference matchup, then take on NAIA member University of Maine at Fort Kent in a non-conference contest.
Green Mountain will come to Stannard Gymnasium on October 24th for the final home match of the season.
The regular season will come to a close on Saturday, October 27th, when the Hornets travel to another NAC newcomer, SUNY Canton, for a NAC tri-match. Lyndon will face the host Roos, then have their fifth meeting of the season with Johnson. Canton will be in their first season of NAC play, after capturing the championship of the American Collegiate Athletic Association in 2017.
The top four finishers in the NAC conference standings will qualify for the conference championship tournament. Semi-finals will be played on November 2nd, with the championship match on November 3rd. The tournament will be held on the home court of the regular season champion.
Lyndon will be looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the Hornets finish with a 2-17 overall record. The Hornets finished seventh in the NAC with a 1-6 conference mark.