Jingqiao Li will hope to keep the nation's longest home winning streak alive this season.

Aug. 12, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - University of Maryland Eastern Shore head volleyball coach Millicent Van Norden has released the 2013 schedule. The two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion team is set to compete in four in-season tournaments before playing a full MEAC schedule of 12 regular season matches.

The Hawks will defend the longest home-winning streak in Division I this season having won their last 30 matches at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center dating back to 2009. UMES will play six home matches this season, with the home opener and first MEAC match on Friday, September 27th at 7 p.m. against Delaware State.

The season for UMES will begin in Peoria, Illinois with the CEFCU Classic at Bradley University. The Hawks take on UT-Martin on Friday, August 30th at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The next day, the team faces tournament host Bradley at 1:30 p.m. followed by Western Illinois at 6 p.m.

Next weekend, the Hawks fly north to Fairfield, Connecticut to compete in the SHU Hampton Inn Invitational. UMES faces Manhattan at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 6th before a Saturday doubleheader, playing tournament host Sacred Heart at noon and American at 3 p.m.

The proceeding weekend, the team heads to a MEAC rival to play in the Spartan Invite in Norfolk, Virginia. After playing UNC Charlotte on Friday, September 13th, the Hawks will play a pair of MEAC teams, Bethune-Cookman at 11 a.m. and tournament host Norfolk State at 6 p.m., on Saturday, September 14th.

UMES wraps up non-conference play with one more in-season tournament, the Blue and White Classic, the following weekend in Buffalo, New York. On Friday, September 20th, UMES will take on Ohio State, an NCAA Tournament that was ranked #22 last season, at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Hawks face tournament host Buffalo at 1:30 p.m. and Valparaiso at 4:30 p.m. to finish the invitational.

The Maroon and Gray will begin MEAC play on September 27th with a home match against Delaware State at 7 p.m. The next Friday, October 4th, the squad hosts Howard at 7 p.m.



UMES will play the next six conference matches on the road. The team heads to Baltimore for the first two matches, facing Coppin State at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 6th, followed by a 7 p.m. contest against Morgan State on Friday, October 11th. Next the team will head across the Bay Bridge-Tunnel to battle Hampton on Sunday, October 13th at 3 p.m. and then takes on Norfolk State on October 18th at 7 p.m. for the Spartans Homecoming.

After a 3 p.m. road match on Sunday, October 20th against Delaware State, the Hawks wrap up the week with a 7 p.m. match against Howard in Washington D.C. on Friday, October 25th.

The squad heads back to the Hytche for a couple of matches against its Baltimore rivals. UMES looks to spook Morgan State on Halloween night at 7 p.m., following with a 3 p.m. match versus Coppin State on Sunday, November 3rd.

Following a match Norfolk State at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 8th on the road, UMES will finish MEAC play with Senior Day against Hampton in Princess Anne on Sunday, November 10th at 3 p.m.

The two-time defending champion will look to earn a third-straight conference title at the MEAC Tournament in Baltimore, scheduled for November 15th through the 17th at Coppin State University.

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