DURHAM, N.H. – Head Coach Jill Hirschinger of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2012 season.
New Hampshire will kick off the 2012 campaign on Friday, Aug. 24 at the Villanova Classic. UNH will take on the host lineup as well as Maryland and Robert Morris in the two-day invite on the campus of Villanova University. The Wildcats then open up home action on Tuesday, Aug. 28 when they welcome Northeastern to Lundholm Gymnasium for a single non-conference match.
From there, UNH heads back out on the road (Aug. 31- Sept. 1) to take part in the Rutgers Invitational with Iona and Rhode Island before returning home to take on top-level competition at the annual Holly Young Invitational.
New Hampshire opens the Holly Young Invite with Patriot League opponent Holy Cross (Sept. 7 – 7 p.m.) before facing Central Connecticut State (Sept. 8 – 12:30 p.m.) and William & Mary (Sept. 8 – 7 p.m.).
The 'Cats will then travel to Smithfield, R.I. for a non-conference matchup at Bryant on Tuesday, Sept. 11, followed by a trip to Washington D.C. for the George Washington Invitational. UNH will face off against the host Colonials as well as Princeton and BYU over the weekend (Sept. 14-15).
The Wildcats then kick off a three-match homestand when they take on Harvard on Tuesday, Sept. 18. New Hampshire opens America East Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 22 when it hosts Providence at 2:00 p.m. before wrapping up non-conference action against intrastate rival Dartmouth on Sept. 23.
After two straight road matches to round out September, the 'Cats host Stony Brook on Friday, Oct. 5 for the first of six matches in the month of October. UNH ends the regular season with three matches in November, capped off with a home tilt against reigning conference champion Albany on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The Wildcats will look to earn a spot in the four-team America East tournament slated for Nov. 16-17 at the site of the highest seed.
Overall, UNH will play seven teams in the top half of the RPI, including four in the top 100 (BYU – 57, Northeastern – 76, Albany – 85, Villanova – 100, George Washington – 116, Princeton – 155, Dartmouth – 160). The Wildcats have won three America East Tournament titles (1998, 2002, 2003) and earned three NCAA appearances in school history, all of which have come under Coach Hirschinger.