The Horizon League volleyball schedule has changed this season to
include the Oakland Golden Grizzlies who played in the Summit League
Although Cleveland State is the defending Horizon league champion the
coaches picked Valparaiso as the favorite to finish first this year in the
annual preseason Horizon League coaches poll.
Here's a fun fact about Cleveland State: they didn't have the most total
kills in the season ending stat comparison of all the teams, but
they did have the least amount of errors of all the teams.
With a 23 - 7 overall and 13 -1 conference record Cleveland State
found the right recipe, in focusing on reducing the amount of unforced
errors they committed in each match they played helped propel
them into a first place league finish.
The Vikings, the lone Horizon League team to play in the NCAA playoffs
begin the tournament preseason with a trip to the Canisius Tournament
to challenge Hartford, North Carolina State, Eastern Michigan and host
Canisius on August 30 - 31.
The CSU Invitational is on September 6 - 7, the first tournament for
the Vikings on their home volleyball court the Woodling Gymnasium
teams with non conference opponents coming to battle for a
tournament title that include High Point, IPFW and UC Irvine.
A second road trip to the Cincinnati Tournament is planned for
September 13 - 14 where the Vikings travel to play against Cincinnati,
Navy and Northern Kentucky.
The final tournament and last preseason road trip planned is to the
James Madison Invitational where Campbell, Wake Forest and host
James Madison will challenge each other in a two-day event.
The first match on the Horizon League volleyball schedule is against
Youngstown State on September 27.
The Crusaders finished with a 21 - 12 record overall, 10
- 4 , tied for second place in the Horizon League and were selected in
the coaches preseason poll to finish first ahead of defending champion
A road trip to Orlando Florida is planned as the first road trip to compete
in the UCF Invitational against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Alabama State, UNF
and host University of Central Florida on August 30 - 31.
Valpo's home volleyball court also known as the ARC-the Athletic
Recreation Center is the site of the Valpo Popcorn Classic, a two-day
event on September 6 - 7 where Army, Rhode Island, Iowa and Eastern
Michigan come to play.
The Evansville Tournament is next on Friday the 13th and Saturday the
14th where they join Memphis, SIU Edwardsville and Evansville for a four
The final road trip is to New York for the Blue & White Classic where
Valpo will face Buffalo, Ohio State and Maryland Eastern Shore on
September 20 - 21.
The Horizon League volleyball schedule starts for Valpo with a trip to
Chicago to face UIC on September 28.
UIC stands for the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Lady Flames
led by senior setter and 2012 team Most Valuable Player Mary Imrie are
fired up for the start of this season as they prepare to improve on last
season's third place league finish.
With a 19 - 13 overall record, and finishing 10 - 4 in conference the
Flames plan to spend the majority of the tournament season on the road
starting with a trip to confront Navy along with Elon, UNC Wilmington on
The Flames Athletic Center is the site of the first match on UIC's
home volleyball court against TCU on September 5.
The Flames welcome Marshall, Chicago State and Denver to the Flames
Athletic Center for the UIC Invitational on September 6 - 7.
Coach Kellie Schumacher-Cawley scheduled another road trip to Iowa
City so the Flames participate in the Iowa Challenge to compete against
Western Illinois, Drake University, and Ball State on September 13 - 14.
The Golden Flashes Classic in Kent, Ohio is the last tournament and final
road trip for the Flames where they will encounter teams from Eastern
Illinois, Binghamton and Kent State on the campus of Kent State on
September 20 - 21.
One more match against DePaul is scheduled on September 25 in
Chicago before the Horizon league volleyball schedule officially fires up
for the Flames with a match against Valparaiso at home against
Oakland who last season finished third in The Summit League was
ranked fourth in the Horizon League preseason coaches poll.
The Golden Grizzlies start the season officially in the Athletics Center
O'Rena where they host the Golden Grizzlies Invitational where Central
Michigan, Villanova and Oregon State on August 30 - 31.
A trip to the Candlewood Suites Invitational is next on Sept 6 - 7 for
the Grizzlies as they make their way to the campus of Syracuse to
confront Rutgers, Colorado, Stony Brook and host Stony Brook.
Then the Grizzlies plan to face Eastern Michigan on their home volleyball
court the Convocation Center on September 10 before they travel to
Indiana for the Notre Dame Tournament to play against Auburn, Loyola
and the Fighting Irish on September 20 - 21.
On September 27 Oakland faces Milwaukee in the Klotsche Center which
marks the beginning of their Horizon League volleyball schedule.
Coach Michaela Franklin takes the reigns as the new head coach of the
Phoenix and with 10 returners and three incoming freshmen Green Bay is
in a good position to improve on their fifth place finish from last season.
Coach Franklin starts an aggressive preseason calendar with a trip to
the NIU Invitational on August 30 - 31 to face Ohio State, Liberty and
the competitive Northern Illinois Huskies.
In September, Franklin takes her team on the road again to Auburn for
the Active Ankle Challenge to join opponents Troy, Mercer and Auburn in
a two day tournament on September 5 - 6.
Franklin, a four year former assistant coach at Marquette scheduled a
midweek match against her former team on September 17 before
heading to the Butler Classic to face Toledo, UT Martin on September 20
The Horizon League volleyball schedule officially starts for Green Bay on
September 27 with a home match against Wright State.
After their first year in the Horizon League the Penguins tied for sixth
place in year end standings with a 15 - 14 overall and 5 - 9 record in
Coach Mark Hardaway's Youngstown State team was picked to finish
seventh in the Horizon League preseason coaches poll and will be a key
team to watch as Hardaway has six starting players return for a second
YSU frst travels to the campus of Coastal Carolina for the Chanticleer
Invitational to face nationally ranked Iowa, Wofford and host Coastal
Carolina on August 30 - 31.
Beeghly Center is the home volleyball court for the Penguins and it's
the site of the YSU Invitational where Saint Francis (PA), Tulane and
Toledo come to the Youngstown State campus to duke it out on
September 6 -7.
Another match is scheduled in Beeghly Center against the Arizona State
Sundevils on September 12 before the penguins try their luck against
teams from Bradley, Saint Louis and Miami (Ohio) at the Billiken Classic
on Friday the 13th.
The Penguins make their way to Robert Morris for one more road trip on
September 24 before they start their Horizon League volleyball schedule
against Cleveland State on September 27.
Milwaukee, the team use to being a Horizon League title contender
hobbled through a season full of players who didn't play at their max
potential because of injuries.
The uncharacteristic overall record of 9 - 19 and 4 - 10 league finish
provides enough motivation for six returning starters to avenge
themselves of last season's losses.
The Golden Flashes face three solid opponents at the Indiana
Invitational where they encounter Rutgers, Robert Morris and Indiana on
August 30 - 31.
On September 2, The Flashes have an exhibition match against the
Polish national team.
Next on the agenda is a trip to Fullerton for the Fullerton Classic
presented by the Holiday Inn of La Mirada on September 6 - 7 with
teams from Gardner-Webb, William & Mary and host Cal State Fullerton.
In back-to-back tournaments the next being the Thunder Invitational
with Eastern Kentucky, Southern Illinois and Marshall.
The Flashes host their own Golden Flashes Classic with Binghamton,
Eastern Illinois and Illinois-Chicago.
The Golden Flashes travel to Akron for their first Mid American
conference womens volleyball game.
Wright State finished 8th last season only winning two matches overall
while losing 30 and finishing with one conference victory and losing 19.
The Belmont Invitational is the first event for the thirty year Redhawk
coach Carolyn Condit. Miami travels to Nashville to contend with
Gardner-Webb, Memphis and the hosts Belmont.
The Redhawks host the Miami Best Western/Sycamore Inn Invitational
with Evansville and Northern Kentucky visiting Oxford, Ohio on
September 6 - 7.
The Lady Redhawks go to Cincinnati to play Xavier before going to St.
Louis for the Billiken Challenge to compete against Saint Louis, Bradley
and Youngstown State on September 13 - 14.
The last tournament is the Wildcat Classic in Illinois against IUPUI,
Northwestern and USF on September 20 -21.
Bowling Green is the first Mid American conference womens volleyball
game for the Redhawks on Thursday September 26.
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