Nate Perry, CMUChippewas.com
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan volleyball will launch a spring exhibition schedule with a trip to Ferris State on Friday, March 17, the first of four dates with in-state programs.
The “playdate” with the Bulldogs will consist of an organized co-operative practice before a short scrimmage.
“I like to have a playdate first in a spring schedule because that way we can get a lot of people in and we can switch people around and make changes really fast, which gives us a really good opportunity to see what we’re working with,” said Mike Gawlik, who is entering his second season in charge of the Chippewas’ program.
On April 1, the Chippewas will play in a tournament Oakland, and then travel to Michigan the following week.
“They typically draw some good, talented teams there, which will push us,” he said. “Last year, we just did a round-robin so we got to play Michigan and a variety of good teams and it was nice to just roll it out and play.”
The spring schedule concludes with an April 14 matchup (6 p.m.) at Western Michigan that will simulate a regular-season match.
“I wanted to do the ‘match day’ against Western because they’re a rival and a really good conference opponent that will give us a good measuring stick,” Gawlik said. “If we win, great; if we lose, it will fire us up all summer and I think it can be a very powerful motivator.”
CMU finished 11-17, 5-11 MAC last season.