Lake Superior State volleyball will play two matches against Great Lakes Valley Conference opponents on Friday October 16th and one against Great Midwest Athletic Conference member Malone on Saturday October 17th as part of the 2016 Mizuno Midwest Region Volleyball Crossover Tournament in Aurora, Illinois.
Representing the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Lakers (1-16, 0-9 GLIAC) open the tournament during Friday’s first-of-three sessions with a 12:30 p.m (EST) start against William Jewell College. In Friday’s third session LSSU will face GLVC member Bellarmine at 6:30 p.m (EST).
The Lakers cap their weekend with a 2:00 p.m (EST) match against former GLIAC, now G-MAC member Malone in the fifth session.
The two-day tournament will feature 54 matches conducted on nine courts at one of the top volleyball facilities in the country. The event, designed to increase competition between teams from the two leagues in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region, has previously been held in Indianapolis, Ind. and Lansing, Michigan.
The Crossover consists of nine matches happening simultaneously in each of three sessions over the two-day event. The conference that boasts the best combined record at the end of the event will earn the Crossover traveling trophy, which has been in the GLVC’s possession the past six years. The GLIAC claimed the event’s first title in 2008 with a 27-12 record, only to retain it the following year with a 24-21 mark. In 2010, the GLVC earned its first Crossover win with a 23-22 effort only to take the next two seasons in 2011 (29-19) and 2012 (28-20). In 2013, the two conferences tied 24-24, but the GLVC earned the event win based on a game record tiebreak. The 2014 action, the GLVC controlled play throughout to keep the trophy by a 37-11 margin. Last year, the GLVC racked up a 28-20 record to capture the trophy ahead of the GLIAC’s 24-24 mark.
Source: LSSU Athletics