YORK, PA – The York College volleyball squad heads into the 2013 season looking to improve on a campaign that saw the Spartans struggle with a very young team. The Spartans had five freshmen earn significant minutes while York also had two sophomores that were on the floor frequently for head coach Sue DuMars.
The schedule will be different this year, as the Capital Athletic Conference has added Christopher Newport, PSU Harrisburg and Southern Virginia to form a ten-team league. That also cuts down on tournament play during the weekend, as York will play in just three tournaments during the year. Conference play will move from just mid-week games to mid-week and weekend games in October and November this year.
DuMars' squad opens the season on August 30-31 at the Moravian College Tournament in Bethlehem, PA.
The Spartans make a quick trip to McDaniel on September 4 before heading to the Lebanon Valley College Tournament on September 6 and 7. The Spartans conclude their season opening road trip with a September 11 venture to Gettysburg.
York opens their home slate on Wednesday, September 18 when they host former CAC foe Hood College. The Spartans head back to the road for a weekend trip to Elizabethtown for the Blue Jay Classic on September 20 and 21.
York then begins a stretch where they will play seven of their next ten at Wolf Gymnasium. York opens the run by hosting the eight-team York College Spartan Invite on September 27 and 28. After a trip to Mary Washington on October 2, the Spartans return home to host Southern Virginia and Dickinson on Saturday, October 5.
An October 8 trip to Wesley is followed by an October 10 date with McDaniel and an October 17 match against St. Mary's. The Spartans head to Marymount on Saturday, October 19 to face the Saints before coming home to face Frostburg State.
The Spartans head to Christopher Newport on October 26 to face the Captains and Washington & Lee. The final road game of the year comes on October 31 when the Spartans head up route 83 to face the Lions from PSU Harrisburg.
York closes out the home campaign on November 2 when they host Salisbury and Franklin & Marshall.
DuMars is excited for her squad to get on the floor.
"We have a different schedule from past years as we have all of our conference play in October and November with weeknight matches and Saturday matches, so we won't be playing any tournaments after September," says DuMars "We start pretty hard on the road, with tournaments at Moravian, LVC and E-town and don't have a home match until September 18. Our home tournament is looking strong again with Stevenson, Carnegie Mellon and Moravian all coming along with FDU, Rowan and PS-Abington. Obviously CNU is a tough addition and we are on the rode with them in late October."
The Capital Athletic Conference tournament kicks off with first round action on November 5 followed by the semifinals on November 7. The conference championship game will be held on November 9.