Two Big Ten Volleyball Teams Affected by Hurricane Frances
Sept. 1, 2004
PARK RIDGE, IL - As the approach of Hurricane Frances threatens the eastern coast of Florida, both Illinois and Northwestern will not compete in their previously scheduled volleyball tournaments this weekend on the campuses of Miami and Florida, respectively. Both Florida schools cancelled their tournaments Wednesday in anticipation of severe weather.
The 19th-ranked Fighting Illini were to have played Bowling Green, Rice, and host Miami in the C&C Services Invitational this weekend. The trip would have reunited the Orange and Blue with Hurricane assistant coach Lisa Argabright, a two-time All-Big Ten selection who came to Miami after a standout playing career at Illinois from 1999-2003.
Illinois, which opens this evening at home against Illinois State, is currently looking into alternatives for competition this weekend as well.
The University of Florida's Campus USA Credit Union Invite was to reunite Northwestern head coach and former Gator Keylor Chan with his alma mater. NU coaches and staff are currently attempting to set up a weekend tournament in Evanston that could possibly feature the three teams scheduled for the UF invitational - No. 4 Florida, TCU, and Miami (Ohio).
Illinois will now travel to a tournament at Miami (Ohio) this weekend, with two games scheduled for Saturday. The Illini will face TCU at 9 a.m., followed by Miami (Ohio) at 6 p.m.
Northwestern volleyball team will begin its season this weekend by welcoming Bowling Green, Florida and IPFW to Evanston for the NU Labor Day Invite this Saturday and Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Wildcats will face IPFW at 5 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday at 10 a.m. against Bowling Green. NU will face last year's NCAA runner-up Florida at 7 p.m. Sunday.