SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Evangel volleyball announced its 2019 schedule Wednesday which will again feature two home tournament in Springfield as well as a challenging Heart of America Athletic Conference schedule.
In her 20th season as head coach, Mary Whitehead, will guide the Crusaders looking to build upon last season's 18-18 record overall and 9-8 conference mark that included a late-season surge.
Again in 2019 Evangel will host the Evangel Presseason Classic held at The Fieldhouse in south Springfield. Featuring some of the nation's top teams such as Oklahoma City, Missouri Baptist, and University of Mobile, the Crusaders open tournament play against Lindenwood-Belleville on Thursday, Aug. 15. The five-team tournament will conclude Friday, Aug. 16, with Evangel hosting Mobile after an early morning match against Oklahoma City.
Evangel will travel to Olathe, Kansas, for the MidAmerica Nazarene Classic Aug. 23-24 before heading down Highway 65 to take on College of the Ozarks on August 27. After making a return trip to the Bellevue Premier Challenge in Nebraska on Aug. 30-31, Evangel will play host to the 2019 Evangel Volleyball Classic Sept. 6-7.
The Crusaders will open conference play during tournament action against Culver-Stockton on Sept. 6 before back-to-back home games against Missouri Valley on Sept. 10 and Benedictine on Sept. 17.
Evangel will hit the road for a tough stretch Sept. 20 and 21 against William Penn before heading to Grand View for a matchup with the defending conference champions and national quarterfinalists. A midweek matchup at Central Methodist on Sept. 24 is followed by an off weekend before hosting Baker on Sept. 27.
After Homecoming week, the Crusaders will host William Woods in nonconference action before a trip to Iowa to face Clarke and Mount Mercy. On October 15, Evangel returns home to host Central Methodist before a weekend series Oct. 18 and 19 against Graceland and Peru State. The regular-season home finale will see Evangel host rival MidAmerica Nazarene on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. before finishing the regular season on the road Oct. 25 at Baker and Oct. 29 at Benedictine.
Conference tournament action beings Nov. 5 with the championship being held Nov. 16. All tournament games will be on campus sites of the higher seed. The NAIA Opening Round matchups will take place Nov. 23 with teams again advancing to Sioux City, Iowa, Dec. 3-7 for the 2019 NAIA Volleyball National Championships.