It's not the marathon of four games in 26 hours.
It's more important than that.
Hamline, the lone undefeated volleyball team in the MIAC, opens conference play on September 12 with a rugged assignment -- facing a Concordia team that lost just four matches last year and went on to the NCAA tournament. The good news for the Pipers if they get to do so on familiar grounds -- Hutton Arena.
The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
The Pipers, on a school-record winning streak and off to the best start in school history face a team that is off to a 2-6 start. But that is a little deceptive. Concordia has not played a match at home yet -- having split four in a tournament in Eau Claire two weeks ago before losing four last weekend in an event in St. Louis. And if the Pipers need a reminder how good CC can be, there is this stat. CC defeated Wis-Stout, 3-0 in that first weekend. The Pipers had to rally for their most dramatic win so far, a 3-2 triumph over those same Blue Devils last weekend at Hutton Arena.
No matter. The league's youngest team has found its wings and heads into this opener anxious to make amends for a 3-0 loss suffered in last year's lidlifter in Moorhead. HU has been balanced on offense and defense. Steph Kaup, for example, is leading the MIAC with a gaudy .372 hitting percentage. As a team, HU leads the loop in several other stats, ranging from Kills (13.04 per game) to Assists (12.25).
But none of that will matter Wednesday night.
Let the games begin.