App State volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro has announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2020 season.
The Mountaineers’ schedule features 16 regular-season contests, all against Sun Belt East Division opponents. The Black and Gold will face a single opponent two or three times over the course of each weekend from Sept. 25 through Nov. 7. For weekends with two matches, contests will begin at 6 p.m. local on Friday and 1 p.m. local on Saturday. For three-match weekends, Friday will feature two contests at 11 a.m. local and 6 p.m. local, with the series concluding on Saturday at 1 p.m. local.
“I have been completely impressed with how our players have handled the roller coaster of a year that started back in the spring,” said Ginipro. “We went from having a full schedule, to modifying the Sun Belt schedule with just divisional matches, to losing all of our non-conference games and finally ending up with creating a whole new Sun Belt schedule in order to get more matches. Throughout it all, our players have just focused on controlling the controllables and working to get better.”
App State opens the 2020 campaign on Sept. 25 and 26 with three contests at Georgia Southern, followed by two contests at Coastal Carolina on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3.
The Mountaineers return to Boone for an eight-match home stand, beginning with a trio of matches against South Alabama on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10. App State will take the following weekend off, before welcoming Georgia State to the Holmes Center on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 and Coastal Carolina on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.
The regular season concludes on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 for the Black and Gold with three contests at Troy.
All 12 teams will qualify for the Sun Belt Tournament from Nov. 18-22 at a location that will be announced later. Teams will be broken down into four pools of three based on regular-season standings. Each team will play the other two teams in its respective pool over the course of three days (Nov. 18-20). The winner of each pool will advance to a single-elimination tournament, with a winner being crowned as Sun Belt Tournament champion on Nov. 22
“The Sun Belt office wanted to give the student-athletes as much of a season as we could with our current situation this fall, and I believe this schedule does that,” added Ginipro. “By just going to one city and playing one team, we create a safer environment for our players and that was important to the conference coaches. I’m also a huge fan of the revamped Sun Belt Championships. Since the NCAA Championships were canceled for the fall, we felt it was important to give our student-athletes the best championship experience possible. Having all 12 teams playing pool play leading into a bracket, not only do we get a few more matches but it will be an exciting way to end the year and crown a champion.”
Due to COVID-19, the fall sports schedule remains fluid. All dates and times are subject to change.
A streaming schedule for App State volleyball home matches will be announced soon.