Yes, we still have a spring and a summer to get through, but the 2009 fall sports season is less than six months away. And, while the full volleyball schedule is not yet set, a few more things are starting to take shape.
The full Panther Invitational field is now set. Ohio State is the fifth team in the field, which also includes Marquette, Western Michigan and South Dakota. There will be four matches on Fri., Sept 11 and four more on Sat., Sept. 12. Ohio State and Marquette will also then play Sunday at the Al McGuire Center.
The field for the Magnolia Classic in Oxford, Miss., is also now set. UWM and the hosts from Ole Miss will be joined by Akron and UAB. UAB made the NCAA Tournament a season ago, and thus adds another difficult test to the Panthers' non-league schedule. UWM will also play at a season-opening tournament at Iowa State, with the host Cyclones and Arizona State both shaping up as big challenges for Milwaukee. The final team in that field has not yet been set.
Finally, UWM has put its spring schedule together. The Panthers will host a tournament March 28 and then play tournaments at Loyola (April 4) and Northwestern (April 11). Squeezed in there will be a single match against Marquette April 9 at the Klotsche Center.