LAMONI, IA – Graceland University Women's Volleyball Head Coach Stew McDole has released volleyball schedule for the 2017 season.
The 2017 season will be McDole's 36th season at the helm. The Jackets are coming off a 15-17 season in 2016, which included a 4-9 mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
The upcoming 2017 schedule will be a test for the Jackets as it features 29 matches withjust 11 home contests in the Closson Center. The 18 road matches include two tournaments: Robert Morris Eagle Invite IL and Baker Invitational KS.
The Jackets begin their season on the road at the Eagle Invite on Aug. 25-26. On Aug. 25, Graceland takes on Brecia University (KY) and Rochester College (MI). GU wraps up the tournament on Aug. 26 against Midway Univeristy (KY) and Governors State University (IL).
The Jackets head back to the road for eight matches beginning Aug. 31 in Lawrence, KS at Haskell Indiana Nations University, a non-conference contest. On Sept. 5, Graceland will travel to Dubuque, IA to play Clarke University for a Heart match.
The road trip concludes with a pair of Heart of America Athletic Conference matches. First the Jackets are at Peru State University in Peru, NE on Sept. 12, before making their way to Canton, MO to face Culver-Stockton College on Sept. 16.
The month of Sept. concludes with a flurry of Heart opponents. First a road match to Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA on Sept. 26. Graceland arrives back in Lamoni on Sept. 29 to take on Baker University (KS). The next day, Sept. 30, the Jackets host Avila University (MO).
October begins with a three-match road trip, all again conference foes. GU will start the sequence of road games in Des Moines, IA against Grand View University on Oct. 3. The team then travels to MidAmerica Nazareen University in Olathe, KS on Oct. 6. The sseries concludes in Atchison, KS against Benedictine College on Oct. 7.
Graceland returns home to take on Clark University on Oct. 10. On homecoming October 14the Jackets will scrimmage the alumni, before taking on Peru State College on Oct. 17 at home.
The Yellowjackets close the regular season with three-home contests beginning on Oct. 27 against non-conference opponent Haskell Indian Nations University. Heart Conference play continues on Oct. 28 against Culver-Stockton College. Senior Night and the final contest of the regular season is slated for Oct. 31 against Mount Mercy University.
The Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament takes place Nov. 2-11 at a location to be determined. The NAIA National Tournament Opening round is Nov. 18, with the Final Site games taking place Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, IA.
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