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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's quest to return to the NCAA Tournament began officially on Wednesday with the first volleyball practice of the 2012 season. In fact, the 'Cats had a pair of practices on the docket sandwiched around other meetings and events.


    The Wildcats reported back Evanston for the fall on Tuesday, Aug. 7. After moving back to campus the team took its physicals, met with NU's compliance staff, received its equipment and enjoyed a team dinner with support staff, family and friends inside the scenic Stadium Club high atop Ryan Field.


    Wednesday's schedule began bright and early with an appointment with Northwestern Sports Performance coach Katie Fort. After all the testing was out of the way, the Wildcats took to the floor for the first practice of the season at 9 a.m. Following a spirited opening session the team broke for lunch and another series of meetings, which included presentations on nutrition, marketing and athletic communications.


    Northwestern will practice again twice Thursday and once on Friday morning. On Friday afternoon the 'Cats will be participating in a few video shoots for the upcoming season. Head coach Keylor Chan and the team will wrap up the first week by hosting the third annual Drills! Drills! Drills! Coaches Clinic for high school, middle school and club coaches. For more information about the clinic, click here.


    Stay tuned to for more preseason volleyball coverage of the 'Cats. The regular season opens on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. when the Wildcats take on Bowling Green at the Marquette Classic in Milwaukee. For the complete 2012 schedule, click here.

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