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October 15, 2008

Eagles to take part in 25-team crossover,
Will face three GLIAC teams this weekend

Asicis GLVC/GLIAC Crossover website

EVANSVILLE, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team faces three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents this weekend at the Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover at Team Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.

USI (11-10, 5-6 GLVC), which has won four straight matches heading into this weekend's contests, begin the crossover Friday at 4:30 p.m. (CDT) when it takes on Saginaw Valley State University (15-4, 7-4 GLIAC). This marks the first volleyball meeting between the Screaming Eagles and the Cardinals since 1996, a match USI lost in three sets.

The Eagles also play Northern Michigan University (13-7, 8-3 GLIAC) and Northwood University (8-11, 5-6 GLIAC) Saturday at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. USI's last meeting with Northern Michigan was in 2005 and resulted in a 3-2 victory for the Eagles. The last time USI and Northwood faced each other was in 2006, a contest the Eagles lost in five sets.

With 25 teams participating, the Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover is believed to be the largest collegiate volleyball event in the country. The crossover was put in place to help sort out the NCAA II Midwest Region rankings and will go a long way in determining at-large berths into the NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament in November.

The Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover features four nationally-ranked teams as well as two squads that are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

Lewis University (17), Northern Kentucky University (21), the University of Indianapolis (24), and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (receiving votes) are the GLVC squads earning national recognition, while Grand Valley State University (6) and Michigan Tech University (receiving votes) are the GLIAC teams represented in the latest national poll.

Tickets for the Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover are $10 for a one-day pass and $15 for a two-day pass. Student ticket prices are $5 for a one-day pass and $8 for a two-day pass, while children that are five-and-under will be admitted free of charge.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information

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