WINTER PARK, Fla. -
Head Coach Mika Robinson has announced the 2019 schedule for the women's volleyball team. They will play 30 games in September, October, and November before prepping for the postseason. The schedule includes two tournaments, two showcase games during the Gulf South/Sunshine State crossover, and 20 conference matchups.
The Tars will kick off the season with a four-game tournament held at Flagler College, just up the road in St. Augustine. Their first foe on September 6th will be Southern Wesleyan, immediately followed by a matchup with Shorter College. The next day, Rollins will take on the Newberry Wolves, and then the host Flagler Saints.
The season will continue the next weekend with another four-game tournament, hosted by Bentley University in in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Tars will hope to have good luck on Friday the 13th when they play Molloy and Bentley, followed by a pair of games against East Stroudsburg and Caldwell on September 14th.
Starting the year with four doubleheaders is a daunting task, but Coach Robinson thinks her athletes are up for the challenge.
"We have a young team, but plenty of talent at each position," remarked Robinson. "Our goal in every match is to play better than we did in the last one. We will be looking for continued improvement during the first two weekends."
The Tars will start conference play on September 17th when they travel to Melbourne to take on the Florida Tech Panthers, their ninth straight game on the road to begin the season. Coach Robinson sees the early road schedule as a positive for her team.
"One of the great things about being on the road so much early in the season is that it teaches us how to perform outside of our comfort zone. It also allows for a great deal of time together, and time to bond with each other."
The Alfond Sports Center will host its first match of the season on September 20th when the Embry-Riddle Eagles travel to Winter Park. September will close out with two more road matchups at Nova Southeastern and Lynn.
On October 3rd, the Tars will have their second home game, this time against the Eckerd Tritons. The promo for the evening is Colorful and Courageous. The night will focus on raising awareness for pediatric cancer research. Fans are encouraged to bring colored pencils, crayons, and coloring books to be donated and distributed to local pediatric cancer patients.
After three more conference games, Rollins will prep for a pair of games during the Gulf South/Sunshine State Conference crossover. Matchups will be determined closer to the October 18 & 19 dates based on standings in each respective conference.
Another pair of road conference matchups against Tampa and Saint Leo will take place before the Tars' next home game on October 29th against Florida Tech. This will be the Dig Pink Game, which supports breast cancer awareness. Last year, Rollins was one of only eleven DII schools to achieve their fundraising goal through the Dig Pink initiative.
"Dig Pink is always an important game for our program because of the impact it can have on our community," said Robinson. "Most of us have family or friends who have been impacted by breast cancer, so it is one way we can use our platform to help fight the disease."
November is a busy month for the Tars, with eight conference matchups to end the season. Five of those will be at home, including Nova Southeastern on the 2nd, Barry on the 14th, Palm Beach Atlantic on the 16th, Saint Leo on the 21st, and Tampa on the 23rd.
The NCAA South Regional will begin on December 5th, followed by the NCAA National Championship on December 12th.
Coach Robinson is excited for the new season and hopes that the Tars will receive plenty of support from the Rollins fans.
"I can't wait to see everyone watch the Tars in action this fall. This group is going to be fun to watch with some great offense, big blocks and terrific floor defense. We will be young, but we are very talented and will play with a lot of energy."