University of Delaware Volleyball Returns to Action this Weekend at University of Virginia Tournament
August 31, 2012
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team will be looking to enter the win column this weekend as the young Blue Hens travel to the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup Tournament hosted by the University of Virginia.
Although still in the early going of the season, Delaware is looking to bounce back after opening the season with a pair of difficult 3-0 losses to San Diego State and No. 17 ranked California at the Aztec Invitational hosted by SDSU last weekend. The Hens had five freshmen see action during the two-day event.
Delaware (0-2), the two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, will play three times this weekend at Virginia, facing Lehigh in the opener Friday at 4:30 p.m. and taking on Western Kentucky Saturday at 11 a.m. and the host Cavaliers Saturday at 7 p.m.
Western Kentucky stands at 2-2 so far this season after back-to-back wins against Morehead State and Austin Peay last weekend. The Hilltoppers look to build on last season’s success after a Sun Belt Conference win and an NCAA tournament appearance.
Lehigh enters the weekend after earning its first win against Rider by a 3-1 score. The Mountain Hawks are looking for an even better 2012 campaign after going 19-10 overall and 10-4 during Patriot League play in 2011.
Host Virginia is currently 1-2 this season and hoping to improve upon a 10-20 record a year ago.
Delaware, which has advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times in the last five seasons for head coach Bonnie Kenny, dropped a pair of decisions by 3-0 scores last week in San Diego. San Diego State used a 53-28 advantage in kills and a 9-5 edge in blocks to post the victory. In the loss to the nationally-ranked California Bears, senior Alissa Alker surpassed the 1,000-kill mark for her career.
The Blue Hens will return home next weekend as Delaware hosts the annual Delaware Invitational in its new home, the 5,000-seat Bob Carpenter Center. The action gets underway on the brand new court with four games on Friday, Sept. 7 and two games on Saturday, Sept. 8. Delaware will welcome Texas A&M, Xavier, and Columbia to the four-team event.
Great seats are still available by calling 302-831-2257 or going online to www.bluehens.com/tickets/.
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