Volleyball Set for a Season of Travel

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Lynn University's volleyball team released its 2012 schedule with many games away from the friendly confines of the de Hoernle Center because of the presidential debate. Lynn's schedule consists of 12 home matches but only seven will be played on the Blue & White's home court.

"We have a tough road ahead of us," head volleyball coach Lynze Roos said. "I am confident that we've scheduled the strongest possible field to make a run toward the postseason."

The Fighting Knights open their season on Aug. 31, against Texas A&M International at 11 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in the 5th Annual Sharks Volleyball Classic hosted by Nova Southeastern. Lynn then takes on Wheeling Jesuit, Merrimack and Wayne State in the Nova Tournament before hosting Assumption in their home opener on Sept. 7, at 9 a.m. in the Courtyard Boca Raton Invitational.

"The Nova Tournament will test us early, as we will face some quality teams from around the country," said Roos. "We will have to be sharp early and work hard for each set. Our home tournament will be our last chance before the debate to gather some wins before heading on the road until late October.  We have strong teams again this year, and we are excited to host them in Boca Raton."

The rigors of Sunshine State Conference play begins on Sept. 14, when Lynn returns to Nova for a 7 p.m. conference opener. After NSU, the volleyball team takes a week off and travels to Lakeland, Fla. on Sept. 21, to face Florida Southern then Saint Leo on Sept. 22.

In a midweek contest, Lynn travels to Miami Shores to face Barry before embarking on the longest road trip of the year to Savannah, Ga. to play Augusta St and Armstrong in a doubles header on Sept. 29.

"Our trip to Savannah will allow us to test our skills against one of the country's premier programs in Armstrong Atlantic," Roos said. "We are also excited to face another region and quality opponent in Augusta St."

Roos and her team return to Boca to face Tampa and Eckerd on Oct. 5-6 but take on the Spartans and the Tritons at Florida Atlantic University because of the presidential debate being hosted on Lynn's campus.

After traveling to Rollins and Eckerd, the Fighting Knights head back to Nova's campus to play West Alabama and North Alabama in the South Region Crossover Tournament hosted by Nova Southeastern on Oct. 19-20.

"The Regional Crossover will be a break in the conference schedule where we will represent the SSC against the Gulf South Conference," Roos said. " We will need to step up our intensity and focus to beat two of the top teams in our region."

Lynn closes out the season by hosting a trio of SSC opponents (Saint Leo, Florida Southern and Nova) from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31 at St. Andrews School before finally returning to its home court on Nov. 13, to take on the Barry Buccaneers. LU matches up against Rollins on Nov. 17, in the regular season finale at 4 p.m.

After making a bid in the NCAA Tournament four of the past five years, Lynn returns all six starters from last season's 14-17 team and looks to return to the promised land. The NCAA Regional Tournament is set for Nov. 28-Dec. 1.