Volleyball Reveals 2012 Slate
Katie Schumacher-Cawley announced UIC's 2012 schedule Monday afternoon, which features four tournaments, two of which the Flames play host to, followed by the conference slate.
"We have a very competitive pre-season schedule that will prepare us for the Horizon League competition," Schumacher-Cawley said. "The Horizon League has raised the bar every season, and we have a special senior class that is looking to do some great things this season."
The Flames begin the season at Colgate's Tournament on Sat., Aug. 24 in Hamilton, N.Y., against Big East Conference member, Syracuse, followed by the first of two matches against Colgate on the weekend. The final opponent of the weekend is Bryant. It will be the first time UIC has faced Syracuse, Colgate or Bryant in program history.
UIC then returns to Chicago to play host to back-to-back tournaments, with the first being held at the Flames Athletic Center (FAC). On Fri., Aug., 31, UIC faces Texas-Arlington, followed by IPFW and Eastern Michigan on Sept., 1. Texas-Arlington currently holds a 2-1 edge over UIC in total meetings, while UIC is 2-1 against IPFW and 4-3 against Eastern Michigan.
Prior to the second Chicago tournament, UIC welcomes Northern Illinois to the FAC for a mid-week match Tues., Sept. 4. The Flames and Huskies met during the 2011 season, and the Huskies earned their 35th win, while UIC currently holds 27 victories over the Northern Illinois team.
The second Flames tournament in Chicago is set to be held at Mother McAuley, where Schumacher-Cawley and assistant coach, Ellen Hayes, attended high school, and were both standout members of the volleyball squad. The two-day tournament begins Sat., Sept. 8 and UIC opposes Oregon State, followed by its second Big East opponent of the season, DePaul, the alma mater of Hayes. The Flames conclude competition Sunday, and face Penn State. Schumacher-Cawley, a former member of the Nittany Lions volleyball and basketball squad, assisted her volleyball team to a 1999 National Championship, and three Big Ten Conference titles.
UIC closes out its non-conference tournaments in Memphis, Tenn., facing host team, Memphis, on Fri., Sept. 14 and Alabama A&M. Saturday, the Flames contend Louisiana-Lafayette and Belmont. It will be UIC's first meeting with Belmont, while Alabama A&M and Louisiana Lafayette hold a 1-0 record over UIC, and Memphis leads the all-time record 4-2.
UIC opens the first weekend of conference play at home, beginning with Valparaiso Fri., Sept. 21, followed by Wright State Sat., Sept. 22.
The Flames then travel to Ohio to face Youngstown State Fri., Sept. 28, followed by Cleveland State Sat., Sept 29.
The team then plays host to four consecutive home matches, beginning with a mid-week contest against Eastern Illinois Wed., Oct 3, before facing Green Bay and Milwaukee Fri., Oct. 5 and Sat., Oct. 6, respectively. The home stand concludes with Loyola Fri., Oct. 12.
On Fri., Oct. 19 the Flames travel to Dayton, Ohio to face Wright State, followed by a match against Valparaiso Sat., Oct. 20 in Valparaiso, Ind.
The Flames will then close out their regular season home matches against Chicago State (Tues., Oct. 23), Cleveland State (Fri., Oct. 26) and Youngstown State on Sat., Oct. 27.
The final three matches of the regular season include a contest against Milwaukee on Fri., Nov. 2 in Milwaukee, then Sat., Nov. 3 against Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis. The final match of the regular season will be played on the North Side of Chicago against Loyola on Fri., Nov. 9.
The Horizon League Tournament is set for Thurs., Nov 15 through Sat., Nov. 17.
Be sure to check UICFlames.com for volleyball updates, and what time each match will be played.