WASHINGTON — For the first time since 2012, the American University volleyball team will not raise a banner on opening day, but head coach Barry Goldberg is poised to rebuild a championship squad in 2019 with a tough slate ahead.
"Our team is getting ready to play top competition in 2019," Goldberg said. "We have many new players joining us and the leaders will have to step forward with the great opportunities coming soon. There are several NCAA Championship caliber teams on the schedule, and everything is coming into place for an exciting season."
The 14-game home schedule will feature high-quality opponents from the American (Temple), SEC (Ole Miss) and Big Ten (Rutgers) conferences.
The D.C. Challenge will be played at George Washington to start the season on August 30. American will face Howard later in the day and then finish the opening weekend on Aug. 31 against Hartford.
American welcomes Winthrop, Ohio University and Temple to the American Volleyball Classic September 6-7.
A highlighted road appearance to Cameron Indoor Stadium — the site of American's only NCAA Second Round victory in 2013 over Duke — will pit the Eagles against the Blue Devils, Georgia, and Northwestern.
The Eagles will conclude their robust non-league slate with home games against Rutgers (Sept. 20) and Ole Miss (Sept. 21).
Patriot League play will open up Sept. 27 at Colgate, and the PL home opener is October 4 against Lehigh. AU will look to avenge last season's PL Championship loss to Navy on Oct. 12. Senior Day is on November 16 against Lafayette.
A new addition to the Patriot League Tournament this year is a quarterfinal match on Nov. 19. The semifinal and championship games will be played at the site of the top-seed the weekend of Nov. 23-24.
For the latest on American University Volleyball, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Volleyball.
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