SEWANEE, Tenn. - Announced by second-year head coach Nancy Mueller-Culver, the Sewanee volleyball team's 2019 schedule has been announced.
Sewanee will face four new opponents in the program's history since the 1991 season, and they will take on three ranked opponents based on last year's coaches poll by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
The Tigers will open the season with the Emory Invitational Aug. 30-31. Sewanee will face Guilford (N.C.), Johnson & Wales (R.I.), Piedmont (Ga.) and defending national champion Emory (Ga.).
The next weekend, Sept. 6-7, the Purple and Gold are in Bloomington, Ill. on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan for the Holiday Inn Express Classic I.
The three opponents the Tigers will face, Otterbein (Ohio), Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin (Ill.) will be the first time the teams square off with each other.
Additionally, Illinois Wesleyan finished 10th in the final AVCA poll and a regional finalist a year ago.
Sewanee will next host the Sewanee Invitational Sept. 13-14 inside Juhan Gymnasium. Centre, LaGrange (Ga.), Mississippi University for Women and Agnes Scott (Ga.) join Sewanee for the two-day event.
The conference opener for the Tigers will be apart of this weekend tournament, as they face the Colonels to start the Invitational.
The remainder of Sewanee's home schedule will include Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps (Oct. 5-6), Rhodes and Hendrix (Oct. 12-13) and Berry and Oglethorpe (Oct. 25-26).
The schedule concludes with road matches at Covenant (Ga.) (Oct. 30) and a tri-match at Emory & Henry (Va.) with Salem (Va.) (Nov. 3).
The 2019 SAA Tournament will occur on Nov. 8-10 at the highest seed.
The Tigers finished with a 20-8 record in 2018, recording the third-most wins in the program's history.
Head coach Nancy Mueller-Culver enters the 2019 campaign with a 194 career wins over 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Below are the all-time series records (since 1991):
|Guilford||Guilford leads, 1-0|
|Johnson & Wales (R.I.)||First Meeting|
|Piedmont||Piedmont leads, 11-3|
|Emory||Emory leads, 10-3|
|Illinois Wesleyan||First Meeting|
|Centre||Centre leads, 46-14|
|LaGrange||LaGrange leads, 6-3|
|MUW||Sewanee leads, 2-0|
|Agnes Scott||Sewanee leads, 9-0|
|Hendrix||Hendrix leads, 36-21|
|Rhodes||Rhodes leads, 39-15|
|Berry||Berry leads, 17-0|
|Oglethorpe||Oglethorpe leads, 30-25|
|Millsaps||Millsaps leads, 37-16|
|Birmingham-Southern||BSC leads, 24-1|
|Covenant||Covenant leads, 18-11|
|Salem||Sewanee leads, 1-0|
|Emory & Henry||E&H leads, 8-4|
The schedule for the team can be viewed below, subject to change.
2019 Volleyball Schedule
|Fri. 30||vs. Guilford @ Atlanta, Ga. (Emory)||Emory Invitational||W, 3-0||Final|
|vs. #8 Johnson & Wales (RI) @ Atlanta, Ga. (Emory)||Emory Invitational||L, 3-1||Final|
|Sat. 31||vs. Piedmont @ Atlanta, Ga. (Emory)||Emory Invitational||W, 3-0||Final|
|at #1 Emory||Emory Invitational||L, 3-1||Final|
|Fri. 6||vs. Otterbein @ Bloomington, Ill. (Illinois Wesleyan)||Holiday Inn Express Classic I||L, 3-0||Final|
|at #24 Ill. Wesleyan||Holiday Inn Express Classic I||W, 3-2||Final|
|Sat. 7||vs. Millikin @ Bloomington, Ill. (Illinois Wesleyan)||Holiday Inn Express Classic I||W, 3-1||Final|
|Fri. 13||vs. Centre *||Sewanee Invitational||W, 3-0||Final|
|vs. LaGrange||Sewanee Invitational||W, 3-0||Final|
|Sat. 14||vs. MUW||Sewanee Invitational||W, 3-0||Final|
|vs. Agnes Scott||Sewanee Invitational||W, 3-0||Final|
|Sat. 21||at Hendrix *||L, 3-0||Final|
|Sun. 22||at Rhodes *||W, 3-1||Final|
|Sat. 28||at #7 Berry *||L, 3-2||Final|
|Sun. 29||at Oglethorpe *||W, 3-1||Final|
|Sat. 5||vs. Millsaps *||W, 3-0||Final|
|Sun. 6||vs. Birmingham-Southern *||L, 3-1||Final|
|Tue. 8||at Centre *||W, 3-1||Final|
|Sat. 12||vs. Rhodes *||W, 3-1||Final|
|Sun. 13||vs. Hendrix *||L, 3-2||Final|
|Thu. 17||at MUW||W, 3-0||Final|
|Sat. 19||at Birmingham-Southern *||L, 3-0||Final|
|Sun. 20||at Millsaps *||W, 3-0||Final|
|Fri. 25||vs. #10 Berry *||L, 3-2||Final|
|Sat. 26||vs. Oglethorpe *||Senior Day||W, 3-0||Final|
|Wed. 30||at Covenant||W, 3-0||Final|
|Sun. 3||at Emory & Henry||W, 3-0||Final|
|vs. Salem @ Emory, Va. (Emory & Henry Tri-Match)||W, 3-0||Final|
|Fri. 8||vs. (5) Millsaps % @ Birmingham, Ala. (BSC)||SAA Conference Championship - Quarterfinals||W, 3-2||Final|
|Sat. 9||at (1) Birmingham-Southern %||SAA Conference Tournament - Semifinals||L, 3-0||Final|