Thursday, May 7, 2009

Volleyball Updates

A couple of volleyball updates, and both have to do with Iowa State.

First, it looks like the 2009 schedule is now all but complete with the finalization of UWM's trip to Iowa State. Originally the Panthers were to play in a tournament at ISU as a return for the Cyclones coming to Milwaukee last season. But, after ISU made the Elite Eight and with UWM returning nearly its entire team from last season, apparently no other teams were too excited about coming to Ames to take on both the Panthers and Cyclones. So, UWM and ISU will just play each other twice - on a Friday night to open the season and then again on Saturday afternoon. While you would certainly like to see a variety of teams, the unique doubleheader can do nothing but help the Panthers' SOS and RPI.

Now that this is set, I should have the full schedule posted and released on the main site next week.

Meanwhile, UWM will see a familiar face when it heads to Ames, as the Cyclones have hired former Panther start Trudy Vande Berg as an assistant coach. Vande Berg heads to Ames after a stint at Duke. You can read the Iowa State release here.