After receiving approval to compete in international competition from U.S.A. Volleyball and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), head men’s volleyball coach Patrick Dorywalski recently announced the squad’s upcoming participation in the Volleyball Federation of Luxembourg’s 2011 Novotel Cup during its winter training trip to Europe.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience for our student-athletes,” said Dorywalski. “To have the opportunity to play these international teams, in a national center, with our anthem being played in front of thousands of people is something they’ll be able to hold onto, look back on, and never forget.”
After arriving in Zurich, Switzerland on January 5, the team will travel to the National Sporting and Cultural Centre (Centre National Sportif et Culturel), better known as d'Coque, in Kirchberg, a quarter of Luxembourg City. Over the course of their five-day stay, the Ducks will compete in the four-team tournament featuring the national teams of Belarus, Scotland, and Luxembourg.
Stevens opens Cup play on Friday, January 7 against host Luxembourg before taking on Belarus on Saturday, January 8. The Ducks close out play on Sunday, January 9 against Scotland.
Following the tournament, the Ducks will head to Friedrichshafen, Germany, to complete their training at the German Volleyball Federation’s national training center before returning to Castle Point on Sunday, January 17.
Stevens posted a 20-12 overall mark in 2010 en route to its 13th-consecutive appearance in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Tournament. The Ducks open up the 2011 season on January 22-23 with the Stevens Invitational in Hoboken, N.J.
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