Wilmington Volleyball Bulks Up In-Region Tournaments as 2013 Schedule is Announced
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - Newark, Del.
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Head coach Kim Huggins-Habbert enters her 10th season at the helm of the Wildcats in 2013 and has four of the top six East Region ranked teams form last year on the 2013 schedule. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.
Coming off a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament championship match appearance and narrowly missing an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Wilmington University volleyball head coach Kim Habbert beefed up the 2013 nonconference schedule, released today.
The Wildcats won the CACC South Division title with an outstanding 18-1 regular season and advanced to the CACC Tournament Championship match, finishing with a 28-6 overall record in 2012. Habbert coached her first CACC Player of the Year and All-East Region selection in 2012, and returns three of the four players for 2013 who earned All-CACC accolades last fall.
Habbert has three tournaments lined up for the 2013 slate, in hopes of strengthening her team’s nonconference rating. The team opens the season with three games at the Charger Invitational hosted by New Haven. Once there, the team will play last year’s number one (New Haven), and number six (LIU Post) ranked teams in the East Region.
The Wildcats take a trip south to St. Petersburg, Fla. for the Eckerd College Classic. They will play the South’s number two (Eckerd), and number eight (Barry) ranked teams as well. They will also play Bentley and Nova Southeastern while at Eckerd.
The team returns home for its own Wildcat Invitational starting September 20, and will host Millersville, the East’s number two (Adelphi), number four (NYIT) ranked teams, and Le Moyne. Habbert’s final nonconference opponent for 2013 is a home contest against Shepherd.
“Being so close and not getting a bid last year made us rethink our nonconference schedule strategy,” Habbert, who will be entering her tenth season at the helm of the Wildcats in 2013, said. “It was disappointing being so close and not going to the NCAA Tournament with the season we had. If we want to get to the NCAA Tournament, we have to play the tough regional opponents in the regular season to be amongst them in the postseason.”
The CACC portion of the 2013 schedule starts on September 11 when the Wildcats travel to Chestnut Hill. After the Eckerd College Classic, the Wildcats return to WU Athletics Complex for their home opener against Georgian Court before hosting their Wildcat Invitational. Following the Wildcat Invitational, Wilmington remains in CACC play for the remainder of the season.
“To set ourselves up nicely for the CACC Tournament again this year, our goal is to be in the top two of the South Division,” Habbert continued.
Habbert and the Wildcats will host each of the six other South Division rivals: Chestnut Hill, Georgian Court, Goldey-Beacom, Holy Family, Philadelphia, and USciences. They will also take to the road for a contest against the South Division foes, while also playing each of the North Division teams once this year.
From the North Division, the Wildcats will host Felician on September 28 as the first game of Wilmington University’s Homecoming festivities starting at 11 a.m. They will also host Bloomfield and Dominican throughout the season. To round out their CACC schedule, the team will travel to Caldwell, Post, Concordia, and Nyack from the North Division.
“The strength of the teams we play early in the season should give us the confidence heading into the conference schedule,” concluded Habbert. “We have a very challenging schedule, but I think last year’s end result prepared us for that. If we can carry our mental toughness over from last year into this season, we will be ready for the tough schedule.”
The CACC Tournament will be hosted by Georgian Court in Lakewood, N.J. for the semifinals and championship matches. The CACC Tournament gets underway with the quarterfinals being held at the higher seed on November 12.
2013 Wilmington University Volleyball Schedule
6 – at New Haven (Charger Invitational); 7 – vs. Stonehill, vs. LIU Post (Charger Invitational); 11 – at Chestnut Hill; 13 – at Eckerd, vs. Nova Southeastern (Eckerd College Classic); 14 – vs. Bentley, vs. Barry (Eckerd College Classic); 17 – vs. Georgian Court; 18 – vs. Shepherd; 20 – vs. Millersville, vs. Adelphi (Wildcat Invitational); 21 – vs. NYIT, vs. Le Moyne (Wildcat Invitational); 25 – at USciences; 28 – vs. Felician (Homecoming)
1 – vs. Philadelphia; 3 – at Holy Family; 5 – at Caldwell; 11 – vs. Holy Family; 12 – vs. Bloomfield; 15 – at Goldey-Beacom; 19 – vs. Dominican; 20 – at Georgian Court; 23 – at Philadelphia; 25 – vs. USciences; 26 – at Post; 29 – vs. Chestnut Hill; 31 – vs. Goldey-Beacom
2 – at Concordia; 9 – at Nyack