July 24, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy volleyball team will open its 2013 season in a little more than five weeks time when the Midshipmen play host to the annual Kristen Dickmann Invitational Aug. 30-31 in the Wesley A. Brown Field House.
The two-day event features the Mids, UNC Wilmington, Illinois-Chicago and Elon competing against each other in a round-robin format. The teams will play one match apiece on Friday and two matches on Saturday. Navy's slate during the event has it facing UNC Wilmington Friday at 7 p.m., Illinois-Chicago Saturday at 11 a.m. and Elon Saturday at 6 p.m.
Navy will also compete in tournaments this fall at West Virginia (Sept. 6-7), where it will face Fordham, Norfolk State, Canisius and West Virginia, and Cincinnati (Sept. 13-14), where it is scheduled to compete against the host Bearcats as well as Northern Kentucky and Cleveland State. Additionally, the Mids will play host to Air Force on Sept. 11 prior to the start of the Patriot League season.
Navy will open its 16-match league campaign with a Sept. 21 contest at home against Lafayette. The first match for the Mids against new league member Loyola will be Oct. 16 in Baltimore. That match will close out an opening stretch of league play in which the Mids will be on the road for five of their first seven matches. Also included in that early season span is the annual Star Match at Army on Oct. 12.
The Mids will step out of Patriot League play for matches against Towson both at home (Oct. 22) and on the road (Nov. 5).
Only the top-four teams in the final Patriot League regular-season standings will advance to the league's championship weekend, which will be held Nov. 23-24 at the home of the No. 1 seed in the event.
There is no admission charge to attend any Navy home volleyball match.
Navy is coming off of a 2012 season in which it posted a 7-7 record in league play and finished in fifth place in the Patriot League. The seven league wins and the fifth-place showing were the highest for the Mids, respectively, since they tallied an 8-6 mark and placed fourth in the league in 2007.