LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Volleyball Head Coach Garvey Pierre released the program's 2017 schedule. The 29-match schedule begins on Friday, August 25 at the Syracuse Tournament.
"Siena Volleyball has a very challenging schedule and I'm happy to be able to play those teams to get ready for our conference schedule," said Pierre.
Just like last season, the Saints begin their 2017 campaign playing in road tournaments. Tournament host Syracuse is hosting five teams for a two-day tournament. Siena will take on the Orange on Friday, August 25, a team they took one set from last season. On Saturday, August 26, Siena will then take on a new opponent in Grand Canyon. Siena will close out their time at the Syracuse Tournament facing Colgate who fell in the Patriot League Championship match last season. Siena has not played the Raiders since 2012.
The Saints remain on the road as they face non-conference foe, Rutgers, in a midweek contest on August 30. The Saints and Scarlet Knights are 2-2 when facing each other and have not seen the court together since 2012. Then in another non-conference midweek contest, Siena will take on Binghamton on September 5. The Bearcats defeated Siena last season 3-1 in the Saints home opener.
The Saints will take off to Pennsylvania for the Penn-LaSalle Tournament from Friday, September 8 until Saturday, September 9. Siena faces off against Robert Morris on September 8 at LaSalle. The Saints have not faced Robert Morris since 2007. They will then head to tournament host, UPenn and take on the Quakers at 7 p.m. It has been 18 years since the Saints and UPenn have faced each other. On Saturday, September 8, Siena will take on LaSalle for the first time since 2002 at 11:30 a.m.
Siena will then travel to Durham, New Hampshire for the New Hampshire Tournament. The Saints will take on UNH who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season following a 21-match winning season. They ultimately fell to #1 seeded Nebraska in the Tournament. The Saints and Wildcats faced off last season with the Wildcats coming out on top with a 3-2 win. Siena will play UNH on Friday, September 15. To finish up their time at the tournament, Siena will face Dartmouth who they have not played since 2001, and URI who is a new opponent for the Green and Gold.
After their 11-match road trip, the Saints return to the Alumni Recreation Center and host MAAC foe Marist in the league and home opener. Siena and Marist split decisions last year with each team winning on their home court. The Red Foxes earned the #2 seed in the MAAC Tournament last season for the second straight year and return MAAC Rookie of the Year Megan Fergus. Siena will host Marist on September 19 and will travel to Poughkeepsie, New York on October. 20.
Siena will then head back on the road for the Western New York trip to take on Canisius (Sept. 23) and Niagara (Sept. 24). The Golden Griffs missed the MAAC Tournament last season. Siena won both matchups against Canisius. The Saints also beat Niagara in both matchups last year. The Purple Eagles return Rylee Hunt who was named MAAC Co-Libero of the Year last season.
Siena will stay on the road and take on Quinnipiac on September 27. The Bobcats finished with 21 wins in a season where they advanced to the MAAC Semifinals and Championship match for the first time in program history. The Bobcats defeated Siena twice during the regular season. Siena will play host to Quinnipiac on October 14.
Returning back home to the Capital District on Saturday, September 30, the Saints will host Iona. The Gaels missed the MAAC Tournament last year, but split with the Saints during the regular season with each winning on their respective home courts. Iona will have the opportunity to host the Saints on November 12 for the regular season finale.
On October 1, Siena will host Manhattan who missed the MAAC Tournament last season. The Saints beat the Jaspers in both matchups of the regular season. Siena will get to take on Manhattan on the road on Saturday, November 11.
Reigning MAAC Champions and Tournament host, Fairfield will make a visit to Loudonville on October 15. The Stags went a perfect 18-0 in league play last season before taking their fourth MAAC title in the last five years. Fairfield had a 22-match winning streak last season which was the longest in the nation during the 2016 year. The Stags also return MAAC Player of the Year Skyler Day to their lineup. Siena will have the chance to play on the tournament floor on November 8.
Siena has their longest homestand of the season as they host Saint Peter's (Oct. 28), Rider (Oct. 29), Niagara (Nov. 4) and Canisius (Nov. 5). Siena swept Saint Peter's in both matches last season. The Peacocks will host Siena on October 8. Rider will have the chance to host Siena before the homestand when they play in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on October 7. Rider fell to the Saints in the First Round of the MAAC Tournament last year, but took both matches during the regular season. The Broncs return Veronica Koval, MAAC Setter of the Year and Hailey Riede Rider's first All-MAAC First Team selection.
The MAAC Championship begins with the First Round on November 17 in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Semi Finals take place on November 18, with the Championship match taking place on November 19.
Siena has put together four 20-match winning seasons under head coach Pierre and has won 10 or more conference matches in nine of the last 10 years. They return eight as they look to take home their tenth MAAC Championship.