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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Third-year head coach Mike Gawlik and the Central Michigan volleyball program announced the 2018 schedule on Wednesday. The Chippewas will host 11 matches inside McGuirk Arena, including a non-conference tournament.
“We play the entire gamut of teams and I think each one that we schedule is an opportunity for us to see where we are at,” Gawlik said. “As we introduce six freshman and one transfer on this team, we are going to be in a position where we are young on our roster.”
“Analyzing our schedule this year, I feel that we have tournaments that test us across a wide range of opponents. We play teams that have been in the middle of their conference, teams that have been at the top of their conference and we play a team that has won two national championships in the last three years.”
Central Michigan returns 10 Chippewas and three starters along with seven newcomers to the 2018 roster. The Chippewas posted a 15-14 overall record a year ago and appeared in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time since 2012.
CMU will open the 2018 campaign on Aug. 24-25 at the UIC Invitational in Chicago. The Chippewas are slated to played Maryland Eastern Shore, Bryant and UIC.
Maryland Eastern Shore finished the 2017 season with a 27-9 overall mark and competed in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
The tournament is the first of four in which CMU will play before opening Mid-American Conference play with a home weekend (Sept. 20-22) against Eastern Michigan and Toledo.
Central Michigan will host the Chippewa Invitational starting on Aug. 31 at McGuirk Arena, and then will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Sycamore Invitational hosted by Indiana State.
The Chippewas close the nonconference portion of the schedule at the Husker Invitational, where they are slated to play defending national champions Nebraska, Missouri State and New Mexico. Former CMU assistant coach Adam Rollman is an assistant coach at Missouri State.
Along with the Huskers, Missouri State and Miami (Ohio) are the other two institutions who made NCAA Tournament berths last season. The Bears won both the Missouri Valley regular-season and tournament titles a year ago, while the RedHawks swept the MAC titles in 2017.
Central Michigan will host four consecutive matches to open the month of October after a two-match road trip to Toledo and Ball State (Sept. 28-29). The Chippewas will entertain in-state rival Western Michigan on Oct. 5, followed by matches with NIU, Bowling Green and Miami.
CMU will hit the road for a four-match trip starting at Akron on Oct. 19. The Chippewas will play at Buffalo (Oct. 20), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 25) and Kent State (Oct. 27) during the road trip.
Central Michigan will play two of its final four MAC matches at home, beginning with the Nov. 2 date against Ball State, followed by a match against Toledo. The Chippewas close the regular season at NIU (Nov. 9) and Western Michigan (Nov. 10).