Lincoln Memorial to play Emmanuel in program’s inaugural match

The newest college men’s volleyball program will play its inaugural match on the road against a Conference Carolinas school.

Lincoln Memorial announced it will play Emmanuel in the season-opener as the school recently unveiled the entire schedule for the program’s first year.

Lincoln Memorial, a NCAA Division II private university located in Harrogate, Tennessee, with about a 4,000 student enrollment, enters its first men’s volleyball season with Dan Danis as the head coach. The Splitters are the second Division I-II school in Tennessee to add a men’s volleyball program and the nation’s fifth Division I-II college in the last three seasons to sponsor the sport.


Emmanuel finished last season in seventh place in the Conference Carolinas but was ineligible for the conference tournament because it was transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division I-II membership. The Lions, though, return setter Caleb Bonaventure who as a freshman last season was among the Conference Carolinas leaders with a 9.66 assists per game average.

The match against Emmanuel will begin a four-match road trip for Lincoln Memorial to open the season. The first home match in Lincoln Memorial’s program history will be versus Alderson Broaddus on Jan. 14.

The Splitters will compete as an independent team this season and will play nine matches against Conference Carolinas opponents.

Lincoln Memorial will have a home-and-home series versus its new in-state rival King along with home-and-home series against Lees-McRae, North Greenville and Emmanuel. It also will play host to Limestone in March.

Along with these matches versus Conference Carolinas schools, Lincoln Memorial in its debut season will have a two-match home series against Charleston. In addition, it will play Quincy at home and Sacred Heart on the road.