FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Fairmont State volleyball team and head coach Travis Hinkle unveiled its 2023 schedule on Tuesday (June 27). The schedule includes 32 regular season matches with 15 to be played on the floor of Joe Retton Arena in Fairmont.
The Falcons will host the Fairmont State Volleyball Classic and will begin the 2023 season at Joe Retton Arena. Fairmont State will battle Ursuline and Anderson on Friday, Sept. 1 on the first day of competition at the Fairmont State Volleyball Classic. The Falcons will wrap up the first weekend of play with matches versus Elizabeth City State and Slippery Rock on Sept. 2.
Fairmont State will travel to southern West Virginia for a match at Bluefield State in the first road contest of the season on Sept. 5. The Falcons hit the road to North Canton, Ohio and will meet Roberts Wesleyan, Walsh, Mercyhurst and Seton Hill in the Hall of Fame City Challenge from Sept. 8-9. Fairmont State welcomes Salem in a non-conference home match on Sept. 12 before facing Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference members Shippensburg, Pitt-Johnstown, Clarion and Slippery Rock in the Atlantic Region Volleyball Crossover held in Wheeling.
The Fairmont State volleyball team will host Shepherd on Sept. 19 in a midweek home match before beginning Mountain East Conference play at Glenville State on Sept. 22. The Falcons will welcome Wheeling, the 2022 MEC North Division Champions and MEC Tournament Champions, in the MEC home opener on Sept. 26. The Falcons are set to play three consecutive conference home contests starting with Frostburg State on Oct. 10 before MEC South foes West Virginia State (Oct. 13) and Charleston (Oct. 14) visit Joe Retton Arena.
Fairmont State’s final non-conference match is slated for Oct. 28 versus Shaw. The Falcons will conclude their 2023 home schedule with matches versus West Liberty (Nov. 3) and Alderson Broaddus (Nov. 6). The final regular season match will be played at Frostburg State on Nov. 10. Six teams (Anderson, Elizabeth City State, Clarion, Wheeling, West Liberty & Charleston) on the regular season schedule qualified for an NCAA Regional Tournament in 2022. The conference tournament will be played from Nov. 16-18.