By: Alberto Ariza, Athletic Communications Student Assistant
NEW PALTZ, NY -–After a historic 2019 run that resulted in their second national title within four years, the State University of New York at New Paltz men’s volleyball team has set high standards for their 2020 campaign. The defending NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Champions aim to not only win back-to-back UVC titles, but to capture its second consecutive NCAA title for the first time in program history.
The Hawks are guided by Radu Petrus, who is entering his 14th season at the helm.
SUNY New Paltz will open up its season on the road as it travels to Union, NJ where they will square off against Stevenson University and Benedictine University, respectively, on Jan. 18. The Hawks will remain on the road as they make a trip to Huntingdon, PA to participate in the Juniata Invitational taking place from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25 at Juniata College. SUNY New Paltz will clash with the hosting Eagles, Southern Virginia University and Hiram College, respectively.
The Hawks will host Kean University on Jan. 31 for their home opener in the Hawk Center.
SUNY New Paltz will then host Mid-Hudson Valley cross river rival Vassar College in the Hawk Center to open up the United Volleyball Conference (UVC) on Feb. 5.
On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, the Hawks will visit Springfield, MA to take part in the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic against the hosting Pride and then either Rivier or Stevenson on day two. SUNY New Paltz will make a stop to New York City where they will challenge Baruch College Feb. 13.
After being on the road for four games, SUNY New Paltz comes back home to host their first tri-match of the season with UVC rival Nazareth College and Arcadia College on Feb. 15. The Hawks will welcome former conference rival Stevens Institute of Technology to campus on Feb. 21 in a re-match of the 2019 UVC Championship game.
After facing the Ducks, SUNY New Paltz will make a short trip to Annandale-On-Hudson, NY to take on Bard College in conference action on Feb. 26. Later, the Hawks will challenge St. Joseph’s College-Long Island and North Central College on Feb. 29 in Patchogue, NY. SUNY New Paltz visits Ramapo College on March 4, and UVC rival Massachusetts Institute of Technology on March 6, prior to returning to the Hawk Center on March 11 to welcome New York University for a conference play.
The Hawks will play five more games on campus as it hosts Rivier College on March 13, Rutgers-Newark and Hunter College on March 14, Division I opponent St. Francis College-Brooklyn and conference foe The Sage Colleges on March 18.
The final three road games will take place at Elmira College on March 27, and St. John Fisher’s College and Daemen College on March 28.
The Hawks will close out its 2020 regular season schedule at home as it battles arch rival Springfield College on April 2 before hosting another tri-match on April 4 with Marymount University and Elms College.
The UVC Championship Tournament will begin April 10 and conclude April 12 on the campus of the highest seed.
To view the full 2020 men’s volleyball schedule, click here.
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