JERSEY CITY, NJ – Saint Peter's women's volleyball first year head coach Amable Martinez has released the team's 30-contests 2017 schedule. The slate is highlighted by 12 home-games at the Yanitelli Center and appearances in three tournaments during the regular season.
"I am extremely excited to get started on my first season at the helm of Saint Peter's women's volleyball," explained Martinez. "We have filled our non-conference schedule with competition that will give the team great experiences. We look forward to getting the volleyball program going in the right direction and making progress towards our goals."
The Peacocks open the 2017 season just across the New Jersey State line in Pennsylvania for two tournaments. First, the Peacocks start things off at the Crosstown Tournament hosted by Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The squad opens its slate against tournament host Lehigh on Friday, August 25 for an afternoon meeting before an affair with Lafayette in the evening. The Mountain Hawks hold an 11-4 advantage over the Peacocks, while the team has gone an even 9-9 against the Leopards. Saint Peter's has played in the Crosstown Tournament since 2008, winning six total tournament matches throughout the time frame. Only one day later on Saturday, August 26, the team will travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to play in the Bucknell Invitational. The unit will lead off the invitational against NJIT for the first out of three-season contest with the New Jersey foe, and will close out the invitational against host Bucknell on Sunday, August 27. The Peacocks have dropped three straight to Highlanders and trail NJIT 3-10 in the all-time series, while the Bison lead the Peacocks by a 5-0 margin all-time.
Following the trip to neighboring Pennsylvania, the Peacocks will make their 2017 debut at the Yanitelli Center on Wednesday, August 30, when the squad welcomes Fairleigh Dickinson to Jersey City. The program holds a commanding 21-10 series lead over the Knights since their first meeting back in 1995.
After the home-opener, Saint Peter's will head across the Hudson River to Brooklyn, New York to compete in the Terrier Invitational from September 1-2. The Peacocks face host school, St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday, September 1 for the 16th meeting all-time, with the Peacocks posting a 10-5 lead over the Terriers. On Saturday, September 2, the unit will play Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in the morning and close out the tournament in prime time against Massachusetts (UMass). Saint Peter's has only met UMES three times before and hold the 2-1 edge, while the meeting with UMass will be the first between the two programs ever.
The Peacocks will stay in New York City, but will make their way to the borough of the Bronx, for a match-up with Fordham on September 5. The Rams have taken the last three meetings from the Peacocks and lead the Jersey City team 10-7 overall.
After being away from the Yanitelli Center for eight out of the first nine matches, the squad begins a four-game home stand from September 12-20, beginning with the second season meeting with St. Francis Brooklyn in less than two weeks. The Peacocks then open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play at home for the third consecutive season when the team welcomes Niagara on Saturday the 16th and Canisius on Sunday the 17th. The Peacocks lead the all-time series with the Purple Eagles, 19-16 and trail the Golden Griffins in their all-time match-ups, 8-27. The team will conclude the four-game home stand with a mid-week date versus Iona on Wednesday, September 20. The Peacocks trail the Gaels 19-26 in the annual meetings.
The team will then head up to Connecticut for a MAAC weekend series with Quinnipiac and two-time defending MAAC champion, Fairfield. The squad meets Quinnipiac in Hamden for the 11th all-time contest on September 23, looking to break a 5-5 tied record with the Bobcats. Then on September 24, the team will make their way to Fairfield for the 43rd all-time meeting with the Stags. The Peacocks trail the Stags, who have won four out of the last five MAAC crowns, 5-37 in the all-time series.
The women's volleyball team returns to Jersey City for the second season show down with NJIT on Wednesday September 27 and meet hOURglass Rival, Rider on Saturday, September 30. The Broncs have won the last 15 matches, knotting the all-time series record at 20-20 with the Peacocks.
The Peacocks take a full week break before returning to their home-court on October 7 for a Saturday contest with Marist. The Red Foxes lead the series with the Peacocks, 20-14. The following day on October 8, the team welcomes Siena to Jersey City. The Peacocks have dropped 28 of the 37 meetings with the Saints and look to knock off Siena for the first time since 2004.
Concluding the contest against Siena, the Saint Peter's crew heads on the road for the remainder of October, putting together a seven-game road stretch. They begin in New York City at Manhattan on the14th and at Iona on the 15th. The Jaspers have taken the last 14 games in the series, giving Manhattan a 33-12 tilt. The team travels west next, to Western New York to meet Canisius on the 21st and Niagara on the 22nd to close out the season series with both Buffalo area teams. On Tuesday, the 24th, the Peacocks close out their non-conference slate and three-game season series with NJIT. The squad ends the month of October in the New York capital region at Siena on the 28th and makes their way down I-87 to Poughkeepsie to meet Marist on the 29th.
The Peacocks return home for three out of the final four regular season matches, starting with playing host to Manhattan on Wednesday, November 1 in the late afternoon. Saint Peter's then welcomes Fairfield to Jersey City on Saturday, November 4 and Quinnipiac on Sunday, November 5.
The regular season ends in Lawrenceville, New Jersey at hOURglass Rival Rider on Saturday, November 11.
The 2017 MAAC Volleyball Championship will be held from November 17-19 at George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall on the campus of Fairfield University. The top six teams at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the tournament with the top two seeds earning first round byes.
To follow women's volleyball action all season long, visit saintpeterspeacocks.com and follow the action on all social media sites using the handle @SPUAthletics.