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Hampton Inn Wolfpack Classic highlights Loyola volleyball schedule

August 14, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball program has released its 2009 schedule which features five tournaments, including their own Hampton Inn Wolfpack Classic, along with 10 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference matches.

Head coach Tommy Harold, in his seventh season, will be looking to recapture the GCAC crown after winning the title in 2007.

Loyola begins the 2009 campaign with 10 straight matches away from The Den. The Wolfpack opens up the year when they travel to Jackson, Miss., Sept. 4-5, to take part in the Millsaps Tournament. The following weekend, Loyola heads up to Memphis, Tenn., to play in the Rhodes Tournament.

Wolfpack fans will get their first look at the team when Loyola kicks off a 10-match home stand beginning with Belhaven on Sept. 22. Mobile, who won the GCAC tournament title last season, travels to The Den on Oct. 6 to face the Wolfpack. Loyola completes the home stand by hosting the Hampton Inn Wolfpack Classic, Oct. 9-10.

The Wolfpack finishes the rest of the season on the road with the exception of a home match against Spring Hill on Oct. 27. Starting on Oct. 23, Loyola spends two straight weekends in Texas for the St. Thomas Tournament (Houston) and the Southwestern University Tournament (Georgetown). They wrap up the regular season at Dillard on Nov. 6 before heading into the GCAC Tournament, which will be hosted by Mobile starting Nov. 13.

Although Loyola lost three key seniors from last year’s team, they bring back plenty of talent, including All-GCAC sophomore Gina Gill, who led the conference in kills (3.8 kpg) last season. Along with the returning players, Harold added six new recruits to 2009 team.

All of Loyola’s 11 home matches will be broadcast online by ATWSportscast.

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