Last season's Mid American Conference womens volleyball playoffs was
full of surprises as #4 seeded Northern Illinois upset the #1 seed Ohio in
the top half of the bracket during the quarterfinals.
The #2 seeded Bowling Green State prevailed over the Northern Illinois
Huskies in the final matching winning the conference championship
which qualified them as participants in the NCAA playoffs where they
advanced to the second round before being stopped by the Penn State
The 2013 Mid American Conference womens volleyball season promises
to be just as exciting.
Notable for the number of female coaches at the helm of several Mid
American conference teams, Danijela Tomic's Falcons at Bowling Green
were picked to finish first in the East Division.
The Bobcats of Ohio were picked to finish second followed by the
Redhawks at Miami coached by Carolyn Condit and were picked to finish
third this season in the East Division.
Coach Colleen Muson's Broncos of Western Michigan were picked to
finish first in the West Division, followed by the Northern Illinois Huskies
and Central Michigan coached by Erik Olson.
Coach Ron Arenz plans to continue his trend of winning games this
season by creating a grueling preseason tournament calendar.
The Zips start on the road going to Edwardsville, Illinois for the SIUE
Tournament to encounter Indiana State and hosts SIU Edwardsville.
The weekend of September 6 - 7 finds the lady Zips hosting their first
tournament in the James A. Rhodes Arena where they've invited
Tennessee Tech, Niagara and Milwaukee to compete in a two-day
A trip to Moon Township in Pennsylvania to Robert Morris is planned for
September 10 before the Zips go to Bozeman, Montana for the Montana
State tournament to play against South Dakota, Montana State and
Gonzaga on September 13 - 14.
Two matches are planned at the St Francis Tournament in Pennsylvania
on September 21 where the Zips confront St Francis and Youngstown
The first Mid American Conference womens volleyball match for the Zips
is against Kent State at the James A. Rhodes Arena on Friday
Coach Steve Shondell has planned a competitive preseason tournament
schedule with four trips first to Tampa for the South Florida Tournament
to compete against Austin Peay, Citadel and the Bulls of South Florida
on August 30 - 31.
Before heading on the road, the Lady Cards have their first home match
at the Worthern Arena against in-state rivals IPFW.
Coach Shondell, who signed a three-year contract extension at the
beginning of the year, takes his team on their second trip of the season
to the Minnesota Tournament in Minneapolis to face Duke, Western
Illinois and the hosts Minnesota on September 6 -7.
Continuing their preseason on the road, the Iowa Tournament is next for
the Ball State women who gear up to face Western Illinois a second
time, along with Iowa, Drake and lllinois-Chicago on September 13 - 14.
Three days later IUPUI comes to the Worthern Arena on September 17
before the Cards hit the road for the last time for the College of
Charleston Tournament to face UNC-Asheville, hosts College of
Charleston and Southern Methodist on September 20 - 21.
The Mid American Conference womens volleyball season starts for Ball
State on Friday, September 27 at Ypsilanti Michigan in a match against
The Stroh Center is the site of the White/Orange scrimmage that
opens the Bowling Green State tournament season on August 24.
The Mid American Conference womens volleyball returning champions
begin a tough season at home by hosting at the Hampton Inn
Invitational with Creighton, BYU, Marquette coming to town on the
weekend from August 30 - 31.
Second year BGSU coach Danielja Tomic takes the Falcons on their first
road trip to the Golden Dome Invitational for confront the Polish
National Team-Dabrowa, Notre Dame and Purdue.
On September 13 -14 the Falcons travel to Madison, Wisconsin for the
Inntowner Invitational to compete against Milwaukee, Kansas and hosts
Youngstown State comes to Bowling Green for a September 17 match
before the Falcons head to the Louisville Invitational in Kentucky on
September 20 - 21 to face Rice, Virginia Tech and Louisville.
The Mid American Conference womens volleyball regular season starts at
Miami (Ohio) on September 26.
The University of Buffalo is the first home tournament and event
scheduled for the preseason on August 30 - 31 with Niagara and Temple
coming to compete in the Alumni Arena, the site of the infamous Sport
Court specially made to preserve and reduce the common injuries that
usually plague volleyball players.
Coach Todd Kress takes his team on two back-to-back road
tournaments heading first to the Cornell tournament on September 6 - 7
with Bucknell, Iona and Cornell.
Then they head to the Georgia State tournament to face Davidson,
Central Florida and hosts Georgia State on September 13 - 14.
On Tuesday, September 17 Buffalo faces Canisius in a home match
before the Bulls host the Blue and White Classic with Valparaiso,
Maryland Eastern Shore and Ohio State coming to town on Friday and
Saturday September 20 - 21.
Back-to-back home matches open the Mid American Conference womens
volleyball regular season on Friday the 27th against Ohio and Kent State
on September 28.
After the August 24th Maroon and Gold scrimmage coach Erik Olson and
his Lady Chips travel to Rochester, Michigan for the Oakland
Invitational where they compete against Oregon state, Villanova and
the hosts Oakland on August 30 - 31.
Photo by Joy VanBuhler
The next weekend they are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the Robert
Morris/Duquesne Tournament against Duquesne, Robert Morris and
Xavier on September 6 - 7.
For the third weekend in a row, CMU goes on the road to the Hofstra
Tournament to test themselves against South Carolina Upstate,
Princeton and Hofstra on Friday September 13 - 14.
To finish the preseason tournament schedule, the Chips go on the road
again to Statesboro, Georgia for the Georgia Southern Invitational to
join visiting teams from Jackson State, Charleston Southern and the
hosts Georgia Southern.
Toledo is the first Mid American Conference womens volleyball match
held in the in McGuirk Arena on John Kulhavi Court on Friday,
The Canisius tournament is on the Eagles preseason tournament
schedule with matches against Hartford, Cleveland State, Oregon State
and the hosts Canisius on August 30 - 31.
The first match in the Convocation Center for the Lady Eagles is against
the Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday September 4 followed by a trip
to Valparaiso, Indiana for the Valparaiso Tournament with teams from
Army, Iowa, and the hosts Valparaiso.
The second home match of the season in the Convocation Center
is against the Oakland Grizzlies on Tuesday, September 10.
On September 13 - 14 a trip to Providence, Rhode Island for the brown
Tournament with the Bryant Bulldogs, Holy Cross and Brown visiting.
The third home game of the season in the Convocation Center is
against IPFW on September 17.
The Michigan State tournament is on September 20 - 21 with the
Spartans hosting Cincinnati and the Duquesne Dukes.
The regular season begins with a Mid American Conference womens
volleyball encounter on September 27 against the Ball State Cardinals.
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.
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.
On August 30 - 31 the NIU Invitational is the first event for the season
where Ohio State, Liberty, Green Bay come to compete in victor E.
The Huskies have scheduled four non tournament matches in a row.
First Missouri State, then Western Illinois followed by USC and Belmont
on September 7.
Las Cruces, New Mexico is the next stop where the Lady Huskies attend
the NM State tournament where they will compete against Arkansas-
Little Rock, Southern Utah and host New Mexico State.
They return home for a September 17 match against Northern Iowa.
The Huskie Invitational is the last preseason event of the season where
George Washington, Western Illinois, Oakland and IPFW come to Dekalb,
Illinois on September 20 - 21.
Western Michigan is the first Mid American Conference womens
volleyball match for the Huskies on September 26 in Victor E. Court.
The Green and White Game is the first competition for the Bobcats and
its scheduled for August 18.
A trip to Eugene, Oregon is scheduled for August 30 - 31 where the
Lady Bobcats attend the University of Oregon tournament with Bryant,
Eastern Washington and the hosts, Oregon.
The Ohio Invitational is next at home on September 6 - 7 in the
Convocation Center where they host Cincinnati, North Carolina and
The Bobcats go to Bowling Green Kentucky for the Western Kentucky
with UNLV, Western Kentucky and Dayton on September 13 - 14.
The last tournament for the Bobcats is at the University of Michigan
Tournament in Ann Arbor where Ohio meets Maryland, Marshall and
Michigan on September 20 - 21.
A match against Buffalo on September 27 is the first Mid American
Conference womens volleyball contest for Toledo.
The Blue-Gold match is the first competition for Toledo followed by the
Blue/Gold Invitational the first tournament of the preseason hosted at
home on August 30 - 31 and attended by Marist, Loyola, Eastern Illinois
and West Virginia.
Travelling across town to Youngstown, Ohio, Toledo attends the
Youngstown State Invitational along with Tulane, St. Francis (PA) and
Youngstown State on September 6 - 7.
A trip to the West Coast is planned for the third week of Toledo's
tournament season when they travel to Portland Oregon for the
Portland/Oregon State Challenge to play against Portland, Oregon State
and UC Davis on Friday September 13 and Saturday the 14th.
The fourth and last tournament is in Indianapolis, Indiana the Butler
Invitational attended by Tennessee-Martin, Green Bay and Butler on
September 20 - 21.
The first Mid American conference womens volleyball game is against
Central Michigan on September 27 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
After the Alumni match on August 24, the Broncos travel to the Holiday
Inn West Invitational in Kalamazoo, Michigan to compete against
Northwestern, University Wisconsin Milwaukee and Oklahoma on the
weekend of August 30 -31.
The Louisiana Tech Invitational is next with a trip to Louisiana to do
battle against New Orleans, McNeese State and host Louisiana Tech on
September 6 - 7.
A midweek match against IPFW is scheduled for Tuesday, September
WMU travels to Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Invitational on September
20 - 21 to meet against Wright State, Western Kentucky and the host
Thursday, September 26 is the date for the first Mid American
Conference womens volleyball match against Northern Illinois in the
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