Volleyball Ready to Embark on Foreign Tour
May 27, 2016
The Marquette University women's volleyball team is preparing for a journey just around the corner, as the team will embark on a twelve day European tour beginning Tuesday, May 31.
The Golden Eagles will depart from Chicago and will arrive in Rome, Italy, June 1 and immediately spend the day touring. MU will visit Venice and Trento, Italy before traveling to Innsbruck, Austria and will complete the tour with overnight stops in Prague, Czech Republic. While overseas the squad will play six matches against quality foreign competition.
The first chance at competing on the tour is against team Volleyro Roma June 2. Marquette will have a second match against Volleyro Roma on June 3 before the leaving for Venice, Italy where the Golden Eagles will enjoy the day exploring the city built on water.
On June 5 the team will have a match against Club Talmassons and head to Trento, Italy via train in the morning of June 6, where the squad will sightsee in the afternoon then play an evening match against Argentario Trento. The tour will continue June 7 with a new country, onto Innsbruck, Austria. On June 8, Marquette will make a three hour stop in Salzburg, Austria, while heading to the tour's final location in Prague. The last two days on June 9 and 10 will consist of sightseeing around Prague in the afternoon with evening matches against Olymp Praha. Marquette will return to the United States in the evening on Saturday, June 11.
In preparation for the Foreign Tour, Marquette began training May 17 as the first of ten NCAA regulated practice dates in efforts to have a successful experience. The squad has been using this opportunity to focus all of their energy on the sport since school was let out for the summer. The Golden Eagles have also used the time to volunteer at local organizations and have taken plenty of team bonding activities, including a laser tag experience and trip to the Milwaukee County Zoo.
European volleyball teams play the game under different rules, so Marquette will have to adjust its mindset. This will create an opportunity for the Golden Eagles to expand their understanding of the game globally. Some of the rules include: blocking the passers on the other team from seeing the server, any ball that touches the ceiling is automatically out of play, and match warm ups are all shared time. The most notable rule change is that all matches are considered friendly. This means that the majority of matches will use one official and no line judges. The universal part of the game is the ball, the net, and the love of the game by players from different parts of the world.
Marquette fans can tune into the journey and follow the activities of the team on Twitter (@MarquetteVB), Facebook (facebook.com/MarquetteVolleyball) and at GoMarquette.com.
FOREIGN TOUR SCHEDULE:
Thursday, June 2- Volleyro Roma- Noon CT
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