BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a historic 2018 campaign that included a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship and the first NCAA Tournament quarterfinal berth in school history, Babson College head women's volleyball coach Eric Neely released his program's 2019 schedule on Tuesday morning.
The Beavers are set for a challenging 2019 slate that includes seven matches against fellow NCAA Tournament participants, and will face 11 programs in all that won at least 20 matches last fall.
The Green and White will open the year at home for the first time since 2012 when it welcomes Manhattanville, Maine-Presque Isle and Suffolk to Staake Gymnasium on August 30-31. Babson hosts Geneseo to kick off the MIT Invitational on September 13 before traveling to Cambridge for tests against Bowdoin, which it defeated in last year's NCAA Babson Park Regional final, and RIT on September 14.
The Beavers begin NEWMAC play at home against WPI on October 17 and will travel to Simmons on September 19 before returning home to host Clark and Kean in a tri-match on September 21. Babson follows up a trip to Emerson on September 24 with a visit from UMass Dartmouth a night later before closing out the month with a tri-match at Smith on the 28th.
The Green and White starts October with five straight home matches as it welcomes Coast Guard and Vassar to Staake Gymnasium on the 5th, will host MIT on the 8th, and is set to face Brandeis and Endicott in another tri-match on the 12th. Babson travels to Wheaton on October 15 before taking part in the New England Challenge for the fifth year in a row. The event features a home match against Williams on October 18 and contests against Tufts and Middlebury at MIT on October 19.
The Beavers travel to defending NEWMAC regular season champion Springfield on October 22, which is followed by three straight home matches to close out the month. Babson hosts Wentworth and Bridgewater State in a tri-match on October 26, and will welcome local rival Wellesley to the friendly confines of Staake Gymnasium on October 29.
The Green and White hosts Hunter in its home finale on November 1 before concluding the regular season with matches against Mount Holyoke and Sage in South Hadley, Mass., on November 2.
The seven-team NEWMAC Tournament kicks off with three quarterfinals matches on November 5, while the league semifinals will be played at the two highest seeds on November 7. The conference championship match will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on November 9.