DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake volleyball program announced its 2012 fall schedule today.
"I am very excited to begin the 2012 season," Drake head coach Tony Sunga said. "We will be young in certain positions but very competitive in practice and competition. The team has been working hard through the summer months in anticipation of the August 8th report date."
Drake returns two seniors, Bentley Mancini (Burnsville, Minn.) and Jadranka Tramosljanin (Ruma, Serbia) and redshirt junior Sarah Madden (Van Meter, Iowa) along with three sophomores Halli Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa), Amanda Platte (Mount Vernon, Iowa) and Erin Roggenburg (Ankeny, Iowa). They will have a significant impact on a young Bulldog squad that welcomes six freshmen: Cassie Effken, Katie Dulek, Katie Allen, Shelby Daum, Rebecca Brown and Scarlett Howerter, who will all have a chance to see significant opportunities during the season.
"Our upperclassmen leadership has been awesome through the spring and summer, providing much leadership on and off the floor," Sunga said. "They are as excited as is the coaching staff to make this a memorable year of hard work and relentless pursuit."
The Bulldogs will start the season at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay tournament on Friday, August 24 against the Phoenix at 7 p.m. Drake will play Auburn University on Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. to conclude the tournament.
On Friday, August 31 the Bulldogs will travel to play two matches at the New Mexico State tournament. Opponents and match times are still to be determined for this tournament.
Drake's final tournament will be at the InnTowner Invitational in Madison, Wis. on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 7-8. The Bulldogs will face Wisconsin Friday night and Wisconsin-Milwaukee and North Dakota State Saturday.
Missouri Valley Conference play will begin Friday, September 14 when the Bulldogs host Wichita State at the Knapp Center. Missouri State will travel north to face Drake the next night.
Senior night will be Saturday, November 10 against Indiana State. Nine Valley games will be played at the Knapp Center during the 2012 season.