Bronx, N.Y. – Fordham volleyball head coach Ian Choi has today announced the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2021 campaign. Returning to the usual full season format after last year’s 10-match shortened season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rams will compete in four tournaments, including their own Rose Hill Classic, before the start of Atlantic 10 play. All home contests’ start times are still to be determined.
Fordham will begin the season with the Titan Classic, hosted by Cal State Fullerton, the opening weekend of August 27-28, taking on New Mexico that first day and then the hosts and UC Riverside on day two. The following weekend, the Rams will compete in the Delaware Invitational, taking on Maryland Eastern Shore on September 3rd at 3 p.m. and the hosts at 7 p.m. and then NJIT the next day at 2 p.m. September 10-11 the team will travel to nearby rival St. John’s for the Kaiser Classic and will kick things off against the Red Storm before facing Army later in the day. On the 11th, the Rams will play Boston College.
The Rams will welcome Coppin State, Providence, and St. Francis Brooklyn to the Bronx for the 18th Rose Hill Classic on September 17-18. Fordham will open the tournament against St. Francis Brooklyn at noon on day one and then take on Coppin State at 6 p.m. before wrapping the two-day affair up against Providence at 5 p.m. the next day.
The Atlantic 10 returns to a 16-match schedule this Fall and the Rams will begin league action with three straight matches on the road over two weekends. VCU and Davidson will host on back-to-back days at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, on September 24th and 25th, before the Rams travel to Saint Louis on October 2nd for an 8 p.m. ET match-up.
The Rams will return to the Bronx to host George Washington and George Mason on October 8th and 10th the next weekend before returning to the road for two consecutive away weekends, first at Duquesne, on October 15th at 7 p.m., and Dayton, on October 17th at 1 p.m., before heading to George Mason and George Washington on October 22nd and 23rd at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
Fordham will then enjoy the comfy confines of the Rose Hill Gym for three straight weeks and six matches. The Rams will host Dayton and Duquesne on October 29th and 30th to begin the long homestand before welcoming Saint Louis, VCU, and Davidson over three days on November 5th through the 7th. The final weekend will see a home-and-home with Rhode Island, first in the Bronx on November 12th and then in Kingston on the 14th at 1 p.m.
The 2021 Atlantic 10 Championship will be hosted by Duquesne in Pittsburgh and will take place over November 18-20.
Fordham made its return to the Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 2010 in the Spring after posting a 5-3 conference record, good for fourth place by the end of the shortened campaign. The Rams ultimately fell to top-seeded eventual champion Dayton and finished the season with a 5-5 overall record. Fordham
At the individual level, rising sophomore Whitley Moody was named the program’s second-ever Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and became the first to earn AVCA All-Region honors after leading the Fordham attack with 132 total kills, 4.0 per set, with a .249 hit percentage, adding 2.64 digs per set, 0.70 blocks per set, and eight aces. She was also named First Team All-Conference and All-Rookie. The recently graduated McKenna Lahr became the program’s second student-athlete to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District, as well, after helping lead the Rams to Dayton where she also earned All-Championship honors. Rising sophomore Isabel Fichtel put in a record-setting first year in the Bronx, as well, shattering the previous record for blocks per set of 1.45 with her mark of 1.93, which would have been a new NCAA record, as well, had Fichtel reached the minimum requirement of matches played. Rising junior libero Mallory Lipski was also instrumental in the Spring, tallying the second-most digs per set in a single campaign at Fordham, averaging 5.31.