Volleyball to host Chippewa Invitational as defending champions


Central Michigan University Volleyball Head Coach Mike Gawlik advises the team during a time-out during the CMU vs. Indiana State game in McGuirk Arena on Sept. 8. 

Debuting for the first time on their home court this season, the Central Michigan women’s volleyball team is set to host the annual Chippewa Invitational starting Friday in McGuirk Arena.

CMU (1-2) will play host to DePaul, Le Salle and Valparaiso in a round-robin style tournament playing each team once over the course of the two-day event.

Despite dropping two out of three games against Bryant and UIC last weekend at the UIC Invitational, CMU has the opportunity to win their second straight Chippewa Invitational as the defending champions of its home tournament.

Valparaiso enters the weekend with the best early-season record at 3-1, with wins against St. Francis, Iona and Eastern Illinois. 

Le Salle (1-2) and DePaul (1-1) both have one recorded win in the first weeks of the season, with victories over Morgan State and Northern Illinois, respectively.

CMU opens the weekend against Le Salle at 12:30 p.m. and DePaul at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, finishing against Valparaiso at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Last season, the Chippewas earned their first Mid-American Conference Tournament berth under second-year head coach Mike Gawlik. 

After former star Jordan Bueter graduated, the team only has two seniors on the 2018 roster. Somewhat because of their youth, the Chippewas were picked to finish third in the MAC West Coaches Poll.  Ball State was picked to win the West division.