Panthers set to begin new era under Joan Forge
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University women's volleyball team will begin a new era under first-year head coach Joan Forge when the Panthers kick off the 2018 season in late August. Forge revealed the upcoming schedule earlier today.
The Panthers, coming off a 19-win campaign and 21-straight Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament appearances, will play a 30-match schedule which includes eight LEC contests.
PSU opens the season at the Best Western Plus – Ground Round Cardinal Classic hosted by Plattsburgh State over Labor Day weekend. Plymouth will face Sage (4:00 p.m.) and Utica (6:00 p.m.) on Aug. 31, before meeting Mt. Saint Mary (11:00 a.m.) and SUNY Canton (1:00 p.m.) on Sept. 1. Last fall the Panthers went 2-2 at the season-opening tournament.
Plymouth State opens the home slate with a non-conference match against St. Joseph's of Maine on Sept. 4 (6:00 p.m.), in advance of the fifth annual Granite State Challenge. PSU will square off against Elmira (6:00 p.m.) and New England College (8:00 p.m.) at NEC on Sept. 7, before wrapping up the tournament with matches against Rivier (12:00 p.m.) and Rochester Institute of Technology (4:00 p.m.) at Keene State on Sept. 8.
The Panthers welcome Middlebury to Foley Gymnasium on Sept. 11 (6:00 p.m.) leading up to a string of eight straight games on the road to wrap up September. PSU opens the LEC schedule on Sept. 15 at Western Connecticut State (12:00 p.m.) where it also faces Lehman (2:00 p.m.), then travels to Amherst on Sept. 19 (7:00 p.m.). PSU visits Rhode Island College for another league contest on Sept. 22 (12:00 p.m.), where the team will also battle Trinity (2:00 p.m.).
Plymouth State visits rival Keene State on Sept. 25 (7:00 p.m.) for another conference matchup, then closes the month with a pair of contests at Smith on Sept. 29. The Panthers open the day against Wheaton (2:00 p.m.), before wrapping up with the host Pioneers at 4:00 p.m.
PSU welcomes conference foe Southern Maine to town for its Dig Pink game on Oct. 2 (6:00 p.m.), then visits Endicott for a tri-match on Oct. 6. The Panthers face the Gulls at 11:00 a.m. before squaring off against Babson in the afternoon (1:00 p.m.).
UMass Boston comes to town on Oct. 10 (6:00 p.m.). The Beacons have knocked the Panthers out of the LEC Tournament each of the last two years on the way to eight LEC championships in nine years.
PSU hits the road for a tri-match at Wellesley on Oct. 13 (1:00 p.m.), which also includes a contest against Geneseo (11:00 a.m.), then heads back into league action on Oct. 19 at Eastern Connecticut State (6:00 p.m.).
The Panthers play a pair of matches on Oct. 20 as part of the annual Hall of Fame Tournament hosted by Amherst and Smith. Plymouth's opponents and match times for the tournament have yet to be announced.
Plymouth State hosts Castleton for the first LEC meeting between the two schools on Oct. 23 (6:00 p.m.), before visiting in-state rival Colby-Sawyer on Oct. 25 (7:00 p.m.). PSU wraps up the regular season with a Senior Day match against UMass Dartmouth on Oct. 27 (12:00 p.m.).
The top six finishers in the regular season will advance to the LEC Tournament with first round action on Oct. 30. The top two seeds earn byes to the semifinals, with the third and fourth seeds hosting the opening round. The top overall seed will host the Final Four, with semifinals set for Nov. 2 and the championship game slated for Nov. 3.
Refer to athletics.plymouth.edu for the most current information regarding all 24 of Plymouth State's athletic programs, as schedules are subject to change.
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