WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AUGUST 17, 2022)–The return of students to the Salem College campus in mid-August brings new excitement for the Department of Athletics.
The soccer and volleyball programs return to action under second-year head coaches Robin Ramirez and Barry Rymer. The pair joined the Department of Athletics a season ago and have spent the off-season improving their rosters on the recruiting trails during spring 2022.
“We are excited to announce the 2022 fall athletics schedules for soccer and volleyball,” Salem Director of Athletics JJ Antoine said. “We are looking forward to participating in the new structure of the USA South, allowing us to continue our competitive experiences while still focusing on our academic pursuits.”
Salem soccer head coach Robin Ramirez announced the program’s 2022 schedule in June. The schedule will feature 10 matches at Varsity Field, including the regular season opener against Sweet Briar on Tuesday, September 6.
The Spirits, who concluded Ramirez’s first season at the helm with seven overall victories, begin their 2022 campaign with a 5 p.m. preseason clash versus Ferrum on Thursday, August 25 at Varsity Field. Nine days later, Salem treks to Virginia Beach, Va., for the first-ever head-to-head meeting with Regent on Saturday, September 3.
Salem College makes its return to Varsity Field on Tuesday, September 6 hosting Sweet Briar at 4:30 p.m., pitting former Spirits assistant coach Kaitlyn Barbour against her former squad in her first year leading the Vixens. After a trip to Danville, Va., two days later to face Averett, the Spirits host Johnson & Wales (NC) and Randolph on Saturday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 14, respectively.
The Spirits continue their September schedule by heading to Georgia to clash with Lagrange (Friday, September 16) and Agnes Scott (Sunday, September 18). Salem will return home to host Carolina University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, marking the final nonconference match of the season.
USA South Conference play begins on Saturday October 1 for Salem College, who will take on Methodist at 2 p.m. in Winston-Salem. The first league road match of the season takes place four days later against Mary Baldwin. The Spirits will then return home to square off against league foes Meredith (Saturday, October 8) and Southern Virginia (Tuesday, October 11).
Salem College will face a pair of conference road tilts with William Peace (Saturday, October 15) and Brevard (Wednesday, October 19) before returning to Varsity Field to host Pfeiffer on Saturday, October 22. Three days later, on Tuesday, October 25, the final home regular season match of the season will take place against N.C. Wesleyan. The regular season draws to a close on Saturday, October 29, when the Spirits clash with Triad rival Greensboro College at 2 p.m. in the Gate City.
Rymer Announces 2022 Salem Volleyball Schedule
Salem head coach Barry Rymer announced the team’s 2022 schedule in late June. The Spirits will play in 31 total matches, including 10 in Varsity Gym, where the season begins on Tuesday, September 6 versus Johnson & Wales.
After making their first home debut since 2012, the Spirits will head to Lynchburg, Va., to clash with Randolph on Wednesday, September 7. Two days later, Salem returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for a two-day, four-match tournament that will pit the Spirits against N.C. Wesleyan, Roanoke, Randolph and Hollins. After a brief return to Varsity Gym on Tuesday, September 13, where Salem College will clash with Ferrum, the Spirits will head to Brevard, N.C., to face Huntingdon and Bob Jones on Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17.
The Spirits host intercity rival Greensboro on Wednesday, September 21, marking the first USA South Conference clash of the campaign. League play continues three days later when Salem College heads to Staunton, Va., to square off against Methodist and Mary Baldwin. September concludes with a series of home matches against Hollins (Monday, September 26) and Southern Virginia (Thursday, September 29).
Salem opens October with a trio of road contests against William Peace (Saturday, October 1), N.C. Wesleyan (October 1) and Brevard (Tuesday, October 4). Four days after clashing with the Tornadoes, Salem will hold a tri-match at Varsity Gym against Meredith and Pfeiffer. A quick trip to nearby Greensboro, on Wednesday, October 12, will be followed by the Spirits heading to Fayetteville to clash with Mary Baldwin and Methodist on Saturday, October 15.
Roanoke makes its first-ever appearance at Varsity Gym on Monday, October 17, followed by a match at Southern Virginia three days later. USA South Conference foes N.C. Wesleyan and William Peace on Saturday, October 22, before the Spirits make the quick trip to Charlotte, N.C., for their final nonconference tilt of the slate against Johnson & Wales on Tuesday, October 25.
The home portion of the schedule concludes with a match against Brevard (Thursday, October 27) and the regular season draws to a close on the road in Meisenheimer, N.C. when the Spirits take on Meredith and Pfeiffer on Saturday, October 29.