HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech volleyball team has announced their 2019 schedule, highlighted by 11 home matches inside the SDC Gym. This year's schedule will feature a pair of inter-region tournaments to start the year, including the return of the Holiday Inn Express Keweenaw Volleyball Classic, and a tough slate of conference opponents as the Huskies look to make their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and their third straight trip to the NCAA postseason.
Michigan Tech will begin the season at home as they host the Holiday Inn Express Keweenaw Volleyball Classic for the third time since 2014. The Huskies will host several teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference as well as a number of GLIAC schools for the three-day tournament on September 5-7. Michigan Tech will open their season with Southwest Minnesota State (Sept. 5) before playing a double-header against University of Mary and Minnesota Crookston (Sept. 6), and they will wrap up the Classic against Upper Iowa (Sept. 7).
The Huskies will face a quick turnaround following the Classic as they travel to St. Cloud, Minnesota for the St. Cloud State Tournament on September 12-14. The Black and Gold will take on host St. Cloud State (Sept. 12) in the tournament opener, followed by matches against Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State (Sept. 13), before ending their stay in Minnesota with a match against Minnesota Crookston (Sept. 14) for the second time in a week.
MTU opens GLIAC play on the road when they travel downstate to take on Davenport (Sept. 20) and Grand Valley State (Sept. 21). The Huskies will then host Northern Michigan (Sept. 24) to commence their 2019 home schedule, followed shortly by home matches against Saginaw Valley State (Sept. 27) and Lake Superior State (Sept. 28).
Tech begins October on the road at Northwood (Oct. 4) and Ferris State (Oct. 5) before returning home to host Wayne State (Oct. 11) and Ashland (Oct. 12) as the final matches before the Midwest Regional Crossover Tournament (Oct. 18-19). The Huskies will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for the two-day, three-match tournament against opponents from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The opponents will be determined and released one week prior to the tournament.
The Huskies will dive back into GLIAC play following the Crossover with three consecutive road matches against Wisconsin-Parkside (Oct. 25), Purdue Northwest (Oct. 26), and Northern Michigan (Nov. 2). Michigan Tech will host Ferris State (Nov. 8) and Northwood (Nov. 9) in their final home matches of the season before closing out the regular season against Lake Superior State (Nov. 15) and Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 16). The GLIAC Tournament will begin shortly after, with the Quarterfinal slated for November 20 and the Semifinal and Final on November 22 and 23 respectively.
Michigan Tech ended the 2018 season with a record of 23-7 and their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. Laura DeMarchi and Olivia Ghormley were named AVCA All-Americans as well as All-Region and All-GLIC First Team. In addition, DeMarchi repeated as GLIAC Setter of the Year and Ghormley became the first GLIAC Attacker of the Year in program history. Mariah Sherman also earned All-GLIAC First Team recognition while Megan Utlak was named All-GLIAC Honorable Mention. Six players were named GLIAC Academic All-Excellence, and four were named GLIAC All-Academic. All but two players return for the Huskies, while freshmen Jillian Kuizenga and Morgan Radtke will enter the fold for the 2019 season.