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College volleyball schedules for players from local area

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New Castle’s Jacie Koontz (right) and Bailey Cox wait for a serve from Mishawaka Marian during the Class 3A Northern Semi-State volleyball championship match at Plymouth in 2017. Koontz now plays for Wilmington College in Ohio, which starts its regular season with four matches at the Adrian Bulldog Invitational on Aug. 30-31.
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Shenandoah’s back-line defense of Macee Rudy (left) and Claire Trennepohl get ready for a Hagerstown serve during the Regional 21 volleyball championship match in Von Jameson Gymnasium in 2016. Rudy plays much the position for IU-Kokomo, which starts its season Aug. 21 at home against Indiana Wesleyan.
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New Castle’s Avarie Powell waits for a return of serve againt Pendleton Heights during a volleyball match in Class 4A Sectional 9 at Greenfield-Central during the 2016 season. Powell is now a right side hitter for Miami of Ohio, which opens its season with an exhibition at the University of Louisville on Aug. 24.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Not as many area players are competing in women’s college volleyball as there are in football, but they would like people to come watch them play, too, and here are the schedules of three colleges or universities featuring local players.

This is not to be viewed as a complete list, as some have left their first choice in a college and may be playing for another college. If that is the case, those schedules will be published in The Courier-Times as information is received.

Miami (Ohio) University

Avarie Powell, a 2017 graduate of New Castle High School and 2015 C-T Volleyball Player of the Year, is listed as a 6-2 junior right side hitter for the Red Hawks. She red-shirted her freshman season of 2017.

Powell’s closest visit to New Castle will be Friday, Oct. 25 when Miami makes a trip to Muncie to play Ball State. Unfortunately for some fans, that is the night of the opening round of IHSAA football sectional play, so some folks may have to make a choice between events. Of course, Oxford, Ohio isn’t all that far away, either.

The Red Hawks have a scrimmage at the University of Louisville on Aug. 24 and open the regular season six days later in the Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational they host. Miami plays Virginia Tech on Friday, Aug. 30 and South Carolina Upstate and Northwestern  the following day.

In September, the Red Hawks host Dayton on the 3rd, play in the Michigan State Invitational against Tennessee on the 6th and Indiana State on the 7th, compete at the Oakland (Mich.) Tourney against North Carolina on the 13th and against host Oakland on the 14th, and play in Ohio State’s Buckeye Invitational against host OSU on the 19th and against Dayton and Illinois State on the 20th.

Then Miami’s Mid-American Conference season begins with matches at Kent State on the 27th and at Ohio on the 28th. The Red Hawks finally return home to Oxford in October for matches against Buffalo on the 4th, Akron on the 5th, and Bowling Green on the 10th. Miami visits Northern Illinois on the 12th before returning home to face Eastern Michigan on the 18th and Central Michigan on the 20th. The Red Hawks close the month at Ball State on the 25th and at Toledo on the 26th.

November finds Miami hosting Ohio on the 1st and Kent State on the 2nd before road tests at Akron on the 8th, at Buffalo on the 9th, and at Bowling Green on the 14th. The Red Hawks close the regular season at home against Western Michigan on the 16th before the MAC Tournament is held Nov. 21-24 at Bowling Green.

Wilmington College

Jacie Koontz, a 2018 New Castle High School graduate, was a member of the Class 3A state championship team as a senior in 2017 and is playing for the Quakers in Wilmington, Ohio.

Wilmington opens play the weekend of Aug. 30-31 at the Adrian (Mich.) Bulldog Invitational. The Quakers will face host Adrian and then Albion on the 30th and Lawrence Tech and Manchester on the 31st.

In September, the Quakers stay on the road with matches at Franklin on the 4th and at Ohio Christin on the 6th, Wilmington hosts Earlham on the 10th before going on the road again to play in Delaware Ohio for four matches against host Ohio Wesleyan and Muskingum on the 13th and Otterbein and Defiance on the 14th.

The Quakers remain road Warriors as they travel to Denison on the 18th, to OU-Chillicothe on the 20th, and are at Mt. St. Joseph on the 24th. Wilmington returns home to play Hanover on the 27th before heading to Clermont, Ohio on the 28th to face Bluefield and host Clermont.

In October, the Quakers are at Bluffton on the 1st and at Heidelberg on the 5th before returning home to play Muskingum on the 8th. Wilmington is at Mount Union on the 12th, hosts Ohio Northern on the 15th, and then takes to the road again at Marietta on the 19th and at Otterbein on the 22nd.

October for the Quakers ends by hosting Baldwin Wallace on the 26th and with a match at Capital on the 29th, Wilmington ends the regular season at home against John Carroll on Nov. 2.

IU-Kokomo

Shenandoah’s Macee Rudy is list as a 5-6 junior defensive specialist/libero for the Cougars and is in her third season in the program. IU-Kokomo opens up at home against Indiana Wesleyan on Aug. 21, but will take to the road for four matches over two days at Grace College. The Cougars play Governors State University and Northwestern Ohio on the 23rd and Martin Methodist and host Grace College on the 24th.

August continues on the road for IU-Kokomo at Marian on the 28th, for two matches on the 30th at Trinity Christian against Mount Mercy and host Trinity Christian, and two more matches at St. Xavier on the 31st against host St. Xavier and St. Francis (Ill.).

The Cougars continue on the road to open September with a pair of matches at Cornerstone University on the 6th against host Cornerstone and Marian, followed by two matches on the 7th at Aquinas College against Indiana Wesleyan and host Aquinas. IU-Kokomo has 13 days off before hosting a pair of teams on the 20th, St. Xavier and Brescia University. The Cougars end September at IU East on the 27th and at Ohio Christian on the 28th.

October finds IU-Kokomo at Midway on the 4th and at Asbury on the 5th. The Cougars return home to play Cincinnati Christian on the 8th before playing Spring Arbor and Trinity International, both at Indiana Tech on the 11th. IU-Kokomo plays at Indiana Wesleyan on the 12th before returning home for three straight matches against IU-Southeast on the 15th, Point Park on the 18th, and Carlow on the 19th.

The Cougars finish October with a match at Cincinnati Christian on the 22nd before hosting Asbury on the 25th and Midway on the 26th for the final match at home during the regular season. November’s schedule for IU-Kokomo includes road tests at Brescia on the 1st, at IU-Southeast on the 2nd, at West Virginia Institute of Technology on the 8th, and at the University of Rio Grande on the 9th.