STAUNTON, VA – The Mary Baldwin University athletic department has released the 2018 fall schedules.
Both cross country and volleyball will begin the season on Friday, August 31.
The cross country team opens the season at nearby Bridgewater College. The Fighting Squirrels will ease into the racing season on the flat 4K course located on Bridgewater’s campus.
On September 8, Mary Baldwin will host the school’s second 5K home meet at the Murphy-Deming College of Health Sciences in Fishersville. The following weekend the team travels to the Addidas Cross Country Challenge then battles other USA South teams at the USA South Preview Race at Maryville College to round out the September schedule.
In October, the cross country team will compete at CNU and Gettysburg before returning to Maryville, Tennessee for the USA South Championship on October 26. Qualifiers will then travel to the Southeast Regionals on November 10 in Rome, GA.
When asked about the 2018 schedule, head coach Heather Ely said, “I like our schedule this year. We will race on a variety of course lengths throughout the season which helps to keep racing "fresh" for the runners. We're hosting a home meet for the first time in 4 years. And it will be interesting to see the course at Maryville College, where the USA South Championships are being held this year. Competing there twice will help prepare the team for the conference championships.”
Volleyball will travel to Harrisonburg for the Route 42 Classic at Eastern Mennonite University on August 31 and September 1. The Fighting Squirrels open against Catholic at 3:00pm then take on Bryn Mawr at 7:00pm. They will return on Saturday to battle Delaware Valley at noon then finish competition against USA South opponent NC Wesleyan College at 2:00pm.
Volleyball will continue on the road for much of September competing at the Maroon Classic at Roanoke College and several non-conference matches at Ferrum, Hollins and Bridgewater.
USA South Conference play will begin on September 18 at Greensboro College then continue on September 22 at William Peace University.
Volleyball’s home opener is September 26 at 7:00pm against Averett University.
The fall schedule also includes men’s and women’s soccer club teams. In preparation for competing at the varsity level in 2019, the soccer teams will compete with a variety of club and varsity teams this fall.
The men’s team opens at home on Saturday, September 1 with two games. At 10:00am, the Fighting Squirrels will play James Madison’s club team then battle the club team at Longwood University at 2:00pm.
September will be a busy month with play against club teams from The University of Virginia and Radford along with conference rival Pfeiffer University. The team ends the month at the Hokie Classic on September 29-30. The schedule continues with games against Christopher Newport and the University of Mary Washington later in the fall.
Men’s head coach Robert Rose said, “I'm excited about the schedule we've put together. We're fortunate to have some of the best club soccer programs in the country right in our back-yard, and I'm excited that we've assembled a full schedule against the majority of them. This season promises to provide a good benchmark for our new program as we look towards our first varsity season, in 2019."
The women’s soccer team opens play on Sunday, August 26 at noon at Randolph College then on to Greensboro College on Saturday, September 8 for a 1:00pm start.
On Tuesday, September 11, the Fighting Squirrels will battle William Peace University at 3:00pm then at Eastern Mennonite University for a 7:00pm start on Thursday. The team takes on Averett University on September 25 then competes in the Hokie Classic Tournament at Virginia Tech on September 28 and 29.
The women’s soccer team will return home in October for games against William and Mary (Gold) and The University of Mary Washington then finish the season in November with the University of Lynchburg at home and William and Mary (Gold) on November 10 at Williamsburg.
New head coach Amanda Evans said, “We are very excited about the competitive season that we’re going to have. We have games with a variety of schools and some very high level teams that will help us measure where we want the program to go in the future.”
It’s an exciting fall at Mary Baldwin with new coaches and teams beginning new traditions while other programs build on the success of the past. To connect with the Fighting Squirrels, go to http://www.marybaldwinathletics.com/landing/index for the latest information throughout the year.