Volleyball Opens MVC Season At Home Against UNI

first_img Live Stats ESPN+ Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team returns to the Knapp Center to start Missouri Valley Conference play against in-state foe and preseason MVC favorite, UNI, Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets for the MVC opener for both teams are $6 and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN+ Last season, Drake assembled a 12-6 MVC record with two of those losses coming to UNI. However, the Bulldogs have won four-straight MVC openers, dating back to 2014. The Bulldogs begin conference action with an 11-3 record, but have dropped their last two matches to a pair of perennial NCAA Tournament teams in Kansas and Missouri. The team’s only other loss came to Iowa as the Bulldogs have won three of the four non-conference tournaments they appeared in and finished second in the fourth. Buy Tickets UNI is 6-6 this season, but has faced a schedule that featured five matches against top-15 teams. The Panthers earned wins over No. 13 Creighton and No. 5 Kentucky to bolster the MVC’s non-conference resume. Drake vs. UNI Match Notes Drake’s early season success has included the defense holding opponents to just .134 hitting, the eighth-best average in the nation and best in the Valley. The team also leads the league in blocks per set (2.46). Following Friday’s match, Drake continues conference play against Evansville Monday, Sept. 24, in the Knapp Center at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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