MEDIA, Pa. -- With the Commons Gym under construction, the Penn State Brandywine volleyball team won't see its home floor during the month of September as the Lions start 2018 with 14-straight matches on the road; however, Brandywine will play its first 13 games in October at home. Here is a look ahead at the 2018 season:
Eight newcomers join six returning letter winners on Brandywine's 2018 roster. Each of the team's three returning seniors - Becca Civera, Nicolette Napoleon and Sullivan Stark - received all-conference accolades last year. Civera shifted to the libero position and finished fourth in the conference with 274 digs, while Napoleon set career bests in kills, digs, aces and blocks as a junior. Stark, who earned her second-straight all-conference nod, topped all PSUAC setters with 743 assists. She enters her final season with Brandywine needing 357 helpers to become the second Lion setter with 2,000 career assists.
Fabiana Scavicchio-Fields' first season at Brandywine in 2017 saw the team go undefeated in the PSUAC and win a conference title for the second time in program history (2015). Under her direction, the Lions dropped only two sets during conference matches, while also setting a single-season team record with 25 victories. Scavicchio-Fields has bolstered the 2018 roster by adding a six-member recruiting class.
The 2018 schedule may be Brandywine's most ambitious ever. The Lions play a 30-match schedule, including 14 matches against NCAA Division III opponents. The season begins with 14 consecutive games away from home while renovations are completed in Brandywine's gym; however, the Lions will enjoy their home floor in October, playing 13-of-16 matches in the Commons Gym. Dig Pink Weekend returns for its eighth season on Oct. 6-7 with six home matches during the two-day fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.
The PSUAC has split into divisions for the first time this season. Brandywine will play in the eastern division along with Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Scranton, Wilkes Barre and York. The team will also make a two-day trip to Penn State Fayette for crossover weekend, facing the top teams from the western division: Fayette, Beaver, DuBois and Mont Alto. All four of those teams reached the PSUAC Tournament in 2017.
With the league split into divisions, the conference has made small alterations to the format of the conference tournament. Following the conclusion of the regular season, the top four teams in each division will qualify for the postseason. The top seed in each division will face the No. 4 seed from its own divisionin the quarterfinals. During the semifinal round the highest remaining seed in the east will face the lowest remaining seed from the west and vice versa. This year's PSUAC championship game will once again be at University Park on Oct. 31, while the USCAA Tournament runs from Nov. 8-11.
For the first time this season, the USCAA has split its volleyball championship into two divisions, one for scholarship granting programs and one for programs without athletic aid, helping to even the playing field for all teams.
December 20, 2018 Brandywine Places 34 Student-Athletes On PSUAC Fall Academic Team
December 6, 2018 Brandywine Ranked Fifth In USCAA Directors’ Cup Standings
November 15, 2018 Kelly, Napoleon Named USCAA Volleyball All-Americans
October 29, 2018 Beaver Outlasts Brandywine In Five-Set PSUAC Semifinal
October 24, 2018 Brandywine Rolls Into PSUAC Volleyball Semifinals
October 23, 2018 Brandywine Sweeps Valley Forge 3-0 In Regular-Season Finale
October 23, 2018 Volleyball Begins Title Defense Wednesday In PSUAC Quarterfinals
October 20, 2018 Brandywine Wins Two At York
October 17, 2018 Brandywine Clinches PSUAC East Division On Senior Night
October 15, 2018 Brandywine Downed 3-0 By Berks
October 13, 2018 Brandywine Continues Unbeaten Run Through PSUAC
October 11, 2018 Rutgers-Camden Downs Brandywine 3-0
October 9, 2018 USCAA Selects Napoleon As Volleyball Player Of The Week
October 9, 2018 Brandywine Eases Past Scranton 3-0
October 7, 2018 Brandywine Splits Six Dig Pink Matches
October 3, 2018 Brandywine Completes Season Sweep Of Hazleton
October 1, 2018 Brandywine Rallies From Two Sets Down To Win Home Opener
September 30, 2018 Brandywine Splits Day Two At PSUAC Crossover
September 29, 2018 Brandywine Drops Two On First Day Of PSUAC Crossover
September 26, 2018 Brandywine Volleyball Hosts Eighth-Annual Dig Pink Weekend October 6-7
September 26, 2018 Wesley Tops Brandywine In Non-Conference Matchup
September 24, 2018 Brandywine Remains Unbeaten In PSUAC Volleyball
September 22, 2018 Brandywine Drops Family Affair At Ursinus
September 19, 2018 Lions Post Third-Straight PSUAC Sweep
September 18, 2018 USCAA Names Kelly Player Of The Week; Miles Adds PSUAC Setter Of The Week
September 16, 2018 Brandywine Sweeps Past Scranton
September 13, 2018 Lions Earn First Win In PSUAC Opener
September 12, 2018 Brandywine Falls In Four At Bryn Mawr
September 8, 2018 Brandywine Drops Two At King’s Tri-Match
September 4, 2018 Lions Suffer Season-Opening Loss At Wilkes
August 31, 2018 Volleyball Starts Season-Opening 14-Game Road Trip Tuesday
July 3, 2018 Volleyball Announces 2018 Schedule