Newport News, Va. – The 2020 volleyball season was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but the light at the end of the tunnel is finally nearing – the new campaign will officially kick off for the Fordham volleyball team on February 1st at home against St. John’s. The Rams will play 12 total contests over the next two months, including six home matches. Meanwhile, Fordham was predicted to finish ninth in today’s released preseason coaches poll.
“We’ve had a chip on our shoulder for the last three years,” Head coach Ian Choi said, “Missing out on the A-10 tournament by a set last year just adds fuel to our fire. We’ll be ready this year.”
In the preseason poll, Dayton was selected to successfully defend its Atlantic 10 crown, garnering eight first-place votes and 98 total points. VCU, last year’s regular season champion, was picked second with two first-place votes and 87 points. Rounding out the top five were Saint Louis (84), George Washington (65), and Duquesne (46). Following that group were, in order, Davidson (45), Rhode Island (37), La Salle (36), Fordham (33), and George Mason (19).
This year’s Atlantic 10 Championship will be played the weekend of April 2-3 and will be held on the campus of the highest seed.
Following Fordham’s game against St. John’s, the Rams will travel to La Salle to play two 4 p.m. matches on February 6-7 and then remain on the road for a nonconference match-up with Hofstra on February 13 at 4:30 p.m. Fordham will return home to host Rhode Island on February 19-20 at 5 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, before a home-and-home with George Mason and George Washington the next three weekends. First, the Rams will play at George Mason on February 28 at 1 p.m. and then at George Washington the following Friday, March 5, at 3 p.m.
The Patriots and Colonials will then come to the Rose Hill Gym for matches on March 12-13 at 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Fordham will finish its regular season with a home match against La Salle at 3 p.m. on March 20 and a road contest on Friday, March 26, at 4 p.m.
“Definitely a shortened schedule but I’m thankful we can make this work. A lot more goes into making a Division I match happen than someone would think. I’m happy we can send our seniors off with a season. They deserve it.”
Fordham finished last year’s with a 12-14 overall record and a 5-9 mark in league play, finishing the season on a three-match win streak and narrowly missing out on a first A-10 tournament berth in a decade.
Last year’s squad saw five graduations, including the program’s all-time digs leader in Morgan Williams, plus three other starters, but welcome five replacements, which fans can read about here and here.