Erik Holth, Sports Information Director
CONWAY – Central Baptist College head volleyball coach Stephanie Irwin has announced the 2020 fall schedule for the Mustangs. The season includes seven home matches and 24 matches overall after a record-setting 2019 campaign.
“I’m looking forward to the fall 2020 season with even more anticipation than last year,” Irwin said. “Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet with what this conference looks like and what the non-conference competition looks like, we’re hungry to be in-season once again. We’ve set up some tough competition this season to be pushed physically and mentally, which is what we’re looking forward to this season to test us and grow us. We scheduled two matches against the 2019 NCCAA national champions, College of the Ozarks, this season. Those matches with C of O along with our conference matches are what we are looking forward to the most. With me entering my second season as the head coach, I’m still building a legacy and trying to establish this program with a great group of kids – and my recruits coming in the fall gives me a lot of excitement for just that. With the coronavirus keeping everyone out of the gym, I’m very eager to get back when it’s safe for summer open gyms and practices to start. Our team for this fall is stacked and ready to work hard! I’m ready to see how many more records we can break this year.”
The season begins on Aug. 22 when the Mustangs head to Oklahoma City for a tri-match at Mid-America Christian. CBC will play Dallas Christian in their season-opener and follow that with a match against the host school later that day. The only other match in August is on the 28th against crosstown rival Hendrix at Grove Gymnasium.
September begins with the home opener on the 1st against Philander Smith at 6 p.m. which is followed that next Saturday, the 5th, by a tri-match at home against Crowley’s Ridge and Mississippi University for Women. The Mustangs then head on the road for their next six matches, beginning on Sept. 8 in Marshall, Texas against East Texas Baptist which is followed by a tri-match @ Centenary in Shreveport, La., on the 12th where the Mustangs will face the host school followed by Dallas Christian. The final two games of the road trip are the first two American Midwest Conference games for CBC against Hannibal-LaGrange on the 18th and St. Louis College of Pharmacy on the 19th. The final non-AMC home match for the Mustangs is on Sept. 22 against College of the Ozarks before CBC plays their first AMC home game against William Woods on the 26th. The final match of Sept. takes place on the 29th in Paragould against Crowley’s Ridge.
October begins with three straight AMC road contests against Williams Baptist (10-3), Harris-Stowe State (10-9) and Missouri Baptist (10-10). The Mustangs continue their road trip on the 13thwhen they head to Point Lookout, Mo., for a matchup against College of the Ozarks before returning to the state on the 17th for a matchup against Philander Smith in Little Rock. The final AMC road contest of the season takes place on the 20th when the Mustangs head to Batesville for a match with Lyon and the final road tri-match of the season is the 24th when CBC heads to Nevada, Mo., for the Cottey College tri-match against Stephens and Cottey. The regular season ends with a pair of AMC home matchups against Stephens on the 30th and the Senior Day meeting with Columbia on Halloween.