July 9, 2014
WASHINGTON – Head Coach Arlisa Williams and the Hoya volleyball program have announced Georgetown’s schedule for the upcoming 2014 season. The Blue & Gray, who will compete against five 2013 NCAA Tournament teams, will play 14 matches in non-conference play before opening their 18-match BIG EAST slate.
“I am very excited for our schedule this fall. With five teams in last year’s NCAA Tournament, three in the non-conference, I believe we have put together a challenging but competitive non-conference portion that will prepare us for BIG EAST Conference play.”
For the ninth-straight year, the Hoyas will open the season with at the D.C. Challenge. Georgetown will play at American University on the evening of Friday, Aug. 29. Last season, the Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The tournament will conclude on Saturday afternoon as the Hoyas will take on George Mason and Howard, with both matches being played at George Mason.
The following weekend, Georgetown will travel to the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Invitational Volleyball Tournament at Penn. The Blue & Gray will match up against Cleveland State on Friday afternoon as well as Colgate and the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday.
The first home match of the season will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9 when Liberty visits McDonough Arena for a 7 p.m. tilt.
Georgetown will head back out on the road for the Tiny Laster Memorial Classic, hosted by Hampton University the weekend of Sept. 13-14. The Hoyas will take on the Pirates, who earned a bid into the 2013 NCAA Tournament by winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship, and Presbyterian of the Big South Conference.
After a midweek match at George Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Blue & Gray will travel to the West Coast and Cal State Fullerton for the Fullerton Classic, Sept. 19-20. Over the course of the weekend, Georgetown will play the host Titans as well as UCLA and Yale, another 2013 NCAA Tournament participant.
The Hoyas will play three-consecutive home matches to open BIG EAST play, starting with a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 23 against Creighton. Last season, Creighton finished as the runners up in both the regular season and the BIG EAST Championship. The Bluejays earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the second round.
Georgetown will wrap up its homestand with weekend matches against Xavier and Butler on Sept. 26 and 28. Both the Musketeers and Bulldogs advanced to last season’s BIG EAST Championship.
Following their match with Butler, the Hoyas will go on the road for four-straight matches, starting with an 8 p.m. ET matchup at defending BIG EAST champion Marquette on Friday, Oct. 3. The Golden Eagles took the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round.
The Blue & Gray will travel from Milwaukee to Chicago for an 8 p.m. ET meeting against DePaul on Saturday, Oct. 4. The road trip will continue the following weekend when Georgetown plays matches at Villanova and Seton Hall on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. Both contests are set to start at 7 p.m.
The Hoyas return home to McDonough Arena for four matches, starting at noon on Oct. 17 against Providence. The Friars, who are playing their first season of volleyball in the BIG EAST since 2001, finished with a 12-20 record in 2013 playing in the America East Conference.
After Providence, St. John’s visits the Hilltop on Sunday, Oct. 19 for a 2 p.m. match. The homestand concludes when DePaul (Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m.) and Marquette (Sunday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m.) closes the season series with trips to McDonough Arena.
A five-match road trip commences with a 7 p.m. contest at Creighton on Saturday, Nov. 1. The next weekend sees the Hoyas visit Butler (Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.) and Xavier (Saturday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.). The Blue & Gray return to the East Coast to finish the road trip with matches at St. John’s (Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.) and Providence (Saturday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m.).
The regular season concludes with two home matches at McDonough Arena. Seton Hall makes the trip to the nation’s capital on Friday, Nov. 21 for an 8 p.m. match before Villanova closes out the season with a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday, Nov. 23.
The BIG EAST Tournament, featuring the top four teams at the conclusion of the regular season, will take place on the weekend of Nov. 28-29 at a site that is yet to be determined.