NIU Volleyball 2012
August 24, 2012
The 33-match slate features 12 home matches, nine matches against 2011 NCAA Tournament participants, and three matches versus 2011 conference regular season champions. The season begins on August 24 at 7 p.m. CT against North Dakota State as part of the annual NIU Invitational (Aug. 24-26).
Coming off of back-to-back Mid-American Conference Tournament championship appearances and the first regular season MAC championship and NCAA Tournament bid since 2001, Head Coach Ray Gooden's Huskies are sticking their mantra - in order to be one of the top teams in the country, you have to play the top teams in the country.
The ramped-up schedule over the past two years has produced results as NIU finished with a No. 57 RPI in 2010 and a No. 17 RPI in 2011, and Gooden is hoping for the same in 2012.
"Without a doubt, this is one of the most challenging schedules we've put together here at Northern," said Gooden. "It's based off our past success but we are also looking to build toward the future. In order to be one of the best, we have to compete against the best. This schedule reflects that. We are excited to play some of the nation's best volleyball programs not only to find out what we have in non-conference play, but to prepare for the MAC."
As has been the trend over the last six years, the season starts with the NIU Invitational on Aug. 24-26, which will feature matches against NDSU (2011 NCAA Tournament, 2011 RPI Top-50, 2011 Summit League champion), Wichita State (2011 NCAA Tournament, 2011 RPI Top-50), and New Mexico State.
A couple days after the NIU Invitational, the Huskies host Green Bay (Aug. 28) to wrap up the longest home stand of the season (four matches), and then embark upon a daunting road trip that will include 14 matches over a span of just 23 days.
NIU Invitational (Aug. 24-26)
Aug. 24: vs North Dakota State - 7pm
Aug. 25: vs. Wichita State - 2pm
Aug. 26: vs. New Mexico State - 7pm
Aug. 28: vs. Green Bay -7pm
Sept. 28: vs. Ball State* - 7pm
Sept. 29: vs. Toledo* - 7pm
Oct. 4: vs. Western Michigan* - 7pm
Oct. 12: vs. Buffalo* -7pm
Oct. 13: vs Akron* - 7pm
Oct. 26: vs. Eastern Michigan* - 7pm
Oct. 27.: vs. Central Michigan* - 7pm
Nov. 10: Bowling Green* -7pm
* MAC Match
|Single Game Tickets|
|Youth (17 and under)||$3|
|Groups (20 or more)||$2|
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