The 2016 MACU Volleyball team has released its schedule for 2016. First-year coach Kellie Kessler takes the reins with high hopes as she brings in five new players to join three returners from last season's 8-16 squad.
The Mustangs open play on Saturday September 3 with a tough draw, hosting a tri-match with USCAA rival Christendom and John Wesley (formerly Laurel University). Christendom looks to replace senior leader Bridget McMahon, who led the team in kills during the season, playing an instrumental role in the Lady Crusaders' USCAA power ranking of #8 in the nation. John Wesley University continues to build its young program and improve on last season's 4-15 mark.
Next MACU travels to Rocky Mount to face NC Wesleyan. Junior Tori Stewart led NCWC last season team in kills with 286. She added 275 digs, 52 blocks, and 38 service aces as the Bishops finished with a 9-19 mark.
The following Saturday the team hits the road for matches with Vance Granville and Rockingham. The Vanguards lose the top two players from last season's 10-14 campaign. Rockingham returns almost everyone from a 19-13 squad including top scorer Heather Barbour (3.18 kills/set, .394 hitting percentage).
On September 14, MACU returns to Chesson Gym to host Pitt Community College. Pitt continues to rebuild after losing the top two scorers from a 1-18 campaign.
Saturday September 17 will bring the third and final home tri-match to Elizabeth City. The Mustangs will be looking for their first-ever victory over Johnson University Florida. The Suns return all but three players from last year's 6-15 team, including senior Robin Lilley from nearby Plymouth, NC. Following that, MACU faces USCAA foe Washington Adventist, who continues to rebuild following a tough 0-15 season.
The MACU spikers then hit the road for a six-game stretch beginning with a September 23 conference game at Central Penn, led by outside hitters, junior Tytianna Mobley and sophomore Lauree Wiegand, and sophomore setter Morgan Brubaker.
The following day's tri-match takes the Mustangs to the nation's capital to face Trinity Washington, led by senior OH Shaundene Peart, and a first-ever meeting with Gwynedd Mercy.
Next the Herd travels south for back-to-back matches with the "Trinities." On Friday September 30, MACU takes on Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville, FL, then the next day faces Trinity College of Florida and faces a rematch with JUF.
The final home match of the season occurs Tuesday, October 4 as MACU hosts Trinity Washington. This will also be SENIOR NIGHT as MACU's own Sarah Bowles will suit up for her swan song in Chesson Gym!
Washington Adventist hosts the Mustangs for a rematch on Friday, October 7. The following afternoon, MACU visits Front Royal, VA for a tri-match with Christendom and Central Penn.
The Herd travels to Charlotte for the only meeting of the year with USCAA rival Johnson & Wales on Friday, October 21. The Wildcats reloaded after last year's 16-17 record with 11 new recruits. The Mustangs conclude their regular season the next day in High Point with rematches against John Wesley and JUF.