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    Wildcats Set Challenging Spring Slate

    Katie Dutchman is one of 11 returning letterwinners.

    Katie Dutchman is one of 11 returning letterwinners.

    March 13, 2014

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's volleyball team will participate in four events as part of its 2014 spring schedule, head coach Keylor Chan announced today, March 13. The exhibition matches will all take place between April 5-24.

    "We've put together a great spring schedule that will both challenge us and help us prepare for the upcoming fall," said Chan. "The spring season always provides us with a great opportunity to sharpen our skills and begin to implement new ideas for the upcoming year. We're all looking forward to getting it all going again soon."

    The Wildcats will open spring play by traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a date with Michigan on Saturday, April 5. The Big Ten foes will go at it inside Cliff Keen Arena in two sessions, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., and again from noon-2 p.m.

    On Saturday, April 12, Northwestern will host Illinois State, Loyola and Milwaukee in a one-day tournament at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The hosts begin play at 10 a.m. vs. ISU before taking on the reigning Horizon League champions, UWM, at 11 a.m. After a break for lunch, the tournament concludes against crosstown rival Loyola at 1:15 p.m.

    The home tournament will feature three-set matches with the first two to 25 points and the third to 15.

    On Tuesday, April 15, NU will welcome Notre Dame, which will make the short trip from South Bend, Ind. for a competitive scrimmage at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Chan and Co. will host another team from Indiana, Valparaiso, to round out the spring slate on Thursday, April 24.

    Northwestern returns 11 letterwinners from the 2013 squad that posted three victories over top-25 teams, including two against Purdue, a team that reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will welcome three newcomers to the program in the fall.



    2014 Northwestern Spring Schedule:
    April 5 at Michigan
    April 12 vs. Illinois State, Milwaukee and Loyola
    April 15 vs. Notre Dame
    April 24 vs. Valparaiso


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