WMU News

Volleyball Broncos host WMU Invitational, Sept. 18-19

September 15, 1998

KALAMAZOO-- The Broncos host the WMU Invitational volleyball tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19. The Broncos play Iowa State at 7 p.m. on Friday with Western Illinois (noon) and West Virginia (7 p.m.) on the Saturday docket.

The Broncos split matches in this past weekend's (Sept. 11-12) Wildcat Classic tournament at the University of Arizona in Tucson. WMU lost to Arizona and Idaho before defeating Portland State and Massachusetts . The Broncos (5-4, 0-0) will carry a two-match win streak into this weekend's competition.

Junior Mandy Whitfield was named to the all-tournament team at Arizona. Whitfield registered 27 kills in 13 games, including a season high 14 kills in WMU's victory against U. Mass.

Coach Cathy George says the Broncos are ready to contend for a Mid-American Conference Championship. Stefanie Rotunno, Traci Morin and Monyka Paul all won various MAC honors last year and return for the 1998 campaign.

WMU Invitational

Friday, Sept. 18
5 p.m. - Western Illinois vs. West Virginia
7 p.m. - WMU vs. Iowa State

Saturday, Sept 19
noon - WMU vs. Western Illinois
2 p.m. - Iowa State vs. West Virginia
5 p.m. - Iowa State vs. Western Illinois
7 p.m. - WMU vs. West Virginia

The Western Michigan University volleyball program boasts one of the greatest NCAA Division I traditions in the nation. From 1982 to 1989, the Broncos won 98 consecutive matches in Mid-American Conference play. That win streak established an NCAA Division I record for consecutive conference wins that stands to this day.

In 1983, the Broncos went through the regular season undefeated and set an NCAA single-match attendance record of 8,543 against Nebraska in the NCAA tournament.

WMU made eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1982-1989, finishing fifth in 1983 and making the regionals in 1984, 1986 and 1987.

Media contact: Geoff Brown, 616 387-8400, geoff.brown@wmich.edu

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