WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball program and head coach Lynn Ray Boren has recently released the 2018 schedule. Boren is entering his 14th season as head coach and finished the 2017 season with a 18-16 record, 7-2 in conference as the team reached the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship match for the eighth time in school history but lost to Morrisville State College.
GU begins its season on Friday, Aug. 31, on the road at the annual Battlefield Classic in Gettysburg, Pa. The Bison have kicked off their schedule at the Battlefield Classic for the past nine seasons. GU will go up against Gettysburg College, Messiah College, McDaniel College and Penn St.-Altoona.
The Bison head to Virginia to face Eastern Mennonite University on Sept. 5 before heading back to Pennsylvania to participate in the York (Pa.) College Spartan Invitational (Sept. 7-8) where they will face New York University, Saint Vincent College, Elizabethtown College and Haverford College.
Gallaudet makes its home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 12, against St. Mary's College of Maryland at 7 p.m. GU will host College of Saint Elizabeth and Methodist University on Sept. 15 before heading up to Baltimore to face Notre Dame of Maryland University on Sept. 18.
The Bison will travel to New York to face NEAC foes SUNY Poly and SUNY Cobleskill on Sept. 22 before an away NEAC contest at Penn St.-Abington (Sept. 26).
The Bison will host the 12th annual Worthington Classic, an eight-team tournament on Sept. 28 and 29. Gallaudet will face Ramapo College of New Jersey and Dickinson College on Sept. 28 before going up against Marywood University on Sept. 29 along with a fourth match later in the day. The other participants in the tournament include Elmira College, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, Lycoming College and Marymount (Va.) University.
The month of October begins with the Bison on the road in Lancaster, Pa., to face three NEAC teams in Lancaster Bible College (Oct. 5), Wells College and Keuka College (Oct. 6). GU will make the short trip to Winchester, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, to face Shenandoah University. The Bison return home to host Goucher College (Oct. 11) along with Hood College and Penn College (Oct. 13). GU goes up against Marymount (Oct. 16) on the road before continuing its annual tri-meet with University of Scranton and Lebanon Valley College (Oct. 19) in Scranton, Pa.GU remains on the road to face Morrisville State College, the defending NEAC champions, and Cazenovia College (Oct. 20) in Morrisville, N.Y. Gallaudet then makes the cross-town trip to The Catholic University of America (Oct. 24) before coming back to the Field House to play against Penn St.-Berks (Oct. 26) on Homecoming Weekend/Senior Day.
The NEAC tournament quarterfinals will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The NEAC tournament continues with the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 3, followed by the championship on Sunday, Nov. 4. Gallaudet has hosted the NEAC championship tournament three times (2012, '13, '14) since joining the conference in 2010. The NCAA tournament will start the following week.
2018 Gallaudet Women's Volleyball Schedule Overview
- Season opener: Battlefield Classic at Gettysburg, Pa. (Fri., Aug. 31)
- Home opener: vs. St. Mary's (Md.) (Wed., Sept. 12)
- Conference opener: vs. St. Elizabeth (Sat., Sept. 15)
- Worthington Classic: Eight-team tournament (Sept. 28-29)
- Homecoming/Senior Day: vs. Penn St.-Berks (Fri., Oct. 26)
- NEAC Tournament: Oct. 30, Nov. 2-4