Volleyball Announces 2022 Slate Of Matches

NEW YORK — Highlighted by the Ivy League’s first-ever four-team volleyball tournament, Columbia volleyball and first-year head coach Patrick Santiago have announced the 2022 schedule, with the Lions opening their 2022 campaign on Friday, Sept. 2 in New Britain, Connecticut.

The four-team playoff, announced just recently by the Ivy League, will be hosted by the top seed. The Ivy League Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 18-20, and the availability of space for the hosting program will decide the two days the tournament will run on.

Columbia returns five starters and six non-starters that saw significant playing time from the 2021 squad and along with the five incoming Lions gives Santiago a solid foundation to build on.

All-Ivy League honoree Noelle Foster returns as the leader in total points, kills, kills per set and points per set. Sets Cadence Gronski will look to build on her strong start to the 2021 season as the returning leader in assists and assists per set.

The season begins with an exhibition match against NYU at home on Sunday, Aug. 28 before heading up to New Britain for the opening weekend. While at New Britain, the Lions begin the regular season against St. Peter’s on Friday, Sept. 2, before playing a Saturday, Sept. 3 doubleheader against Binghamton and hosting Central Connecticut State to wrap up the two-day stay.

On Friday, Sept. 9 Columbia opens Schiller Court at Levien Gym when they host Lafayette at 7 pm The opening match is part of a weekend tournament, where Columbia will also play a doubleheader on Saturday, taking on Manhattan at 1 pm, before wrapping up the weekend against St. Francis Brooklyn at 7 pm

Columbia wraps up its non-conference slate in Queens, New York where, on Friday, Sept. 16, they will play a third-straight doubleheader, starting with St. John’s before wrapping up the day with Middle Tennessee. The Lions then finish the weekend against Boston College on Saturday, Sept. 17 with that match set to get going at 11 am

Ivy League play opens with a single match, when Columbia heads to Cornell on Saturday, Sept. 24 for its first league match of the 2022 season.

The following weekend, the Lions open home Ivy League play when they host Yale and Brown. Yale visits Morningside on Friday, Sept. 30, while Brown makes the trip into the city on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The first conference weekend on the road sends the Lions on the shortest swing of the season, heading to Penn on Friday, Oct. 7 before making a stop at Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 8 on the way back to Morningside. The next three matches will be held on home court, starting on Friday, Oct. 14.

Dartmouth comes to town on Oct. 14 to open the three-match homestand, followed by a date with Harvard on Saturday, Oct. 15. The three-match homestand concludes with a visit from Cornell, the second meeting of the season for the in-state rivals, on Saturday, Oct. 22.

A return to the road for the next four matches is next for the Lions, and the four-match road trip begins on Friday, Oct. 28 with a visit to Brown. On Saturday, Oct. 29, Columbia wraps up the weekend with a visit to Yale.

The final road weekend of the season, concluding Columbia’s four-match road trip, begins at Harvard on Friday, Nov. 4 and wraps up at Dartmouth on Saturday, Nov. 5. Columbia then returns to Morningside for the final weekend of the season, where they will also honor the Class of 2023.

Columbia’s final regular season weekend begins with a visit from Princeton on Friday, Nov. 11. On Saturday, Nov. 12 the Lions wrap up the regular season by honoring the seniors and welcoming Penn to Schiller Court at Levien Gym.

A top-four finish from the Lions sends them to the Ivy League Tournament, where they will play for a chance to head to the NCAA Tournament. The dates and host site will be determined at the conclusion of the regular season.

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