Volleyball Announces 2018 Schedule
July 3, 2018

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CHICAGO – DePaul volleyball coach Marie Zidek announced today the 2018 schedule for the Blue Demons in her first season leading the program. The non-conference schedule features four tournament including the DePaul Invitational on Sept. 7-8 as well as 18 BIG EAST matches starting with Creighton on Sept. 21.

The 2018 schedule opens with four tournaments beginning in DeKalb for the NIU Invitational hosted by Northern Illinois. The Blue Demons face the host Huskies on Aug. 24 before playing Oklahoma on Aug. 25. DePaul plays at the Chippewa Invitational on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 with host Central Michigan, La Salle and Valparaiso.

“My staff and I are excited to announce our fall schedule,” said Zidek. “My first year at the helm of the program, we have driven our efforts to migrate towards the top half of a very competitive BIG EAST Conference. To ensure our squad is well prepared for these challenges, our nonconference schedule reflects the various styles of volleyball we will see throughout our conference season. It is no secret that we eye the BIG EAST Tournament, and ultimately, an NCAA Tournament berth. This season will be paramount in setting these expectations, and our team is excited for the journey.”

The Blue Demons open the home slate with the annual DePaul Invitational at McGrath-Phillips Arena on Sept. 7-8 that features six matches over two days in Lincoln Park. Joining DePaul for the weekend is Connecticut, Florida Atlantic and Purdue Fort Wayne.

DePaul’s final non-conference tune up ahead of BIG EAST play is the Chicago Cup hosted this year by Loyola. The Blue Demons play the Ramblers on Sept. 14 before facing Northwestern and UIC on Sept. 15.

The Blue Demons open their BIG EAST Conference season Sept. 21 in Omaha, Neb. against four-time league champion Creighton that advanced to the NCAA Second Round last season. DePaul’s opening weekend concludes at Providence on Sept. 23.

DePaul opens a five-match home stand on Sept. 28 against Villanova followed by league encounters against Georgetown (Sept. 29), Butler (Oct. 3), Marquette (Oct. 6) and Xavier (Oct. 10).

The Blue Demons hit the road for three in a row away from Lincoln Park facing Seton Hall on Oct. 12, St. John’s a day later and a rematch with the Golden Eagles on Oct. 19. They return to McGrath-Phillips Arena for an Oct. 26 match against Providence and the Creighton rematch the following day.

DePaul goes on the road in back-to-back weekend for four straight BIG EAST matches starting Nov. 2 at Georgetown before taking on Villanova a day later. The third consecutive away match is Nov. 9 at Xavier followed two days later with a BIG EAST showdown at Butler.

DePaul closes out the regular season at home with a Nov. 16 matchup against St. John’s and the finale the next evening against Seton Hall.

Volleyball season ticket packages and single-match tickets will be available in August. To inquire about full season packages and group ticket opportunities for home games in Lincoln Park at McGrath-Phillips Arena contact the DePaul Ticket Office at (773) 325-SLAM (7526).



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