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Volleyball opening day around the MVC

In contrast to MVC sports such as men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, volleyball is booming. Four Valley schools played in the NCAA Tournament in 2010, the fifth straight season the conference earned at least one at-large spot.

Here is The Wichita Eagle/ preview for WSU, where liberos Sarah Waldorf and Jackie Church expect to play closer to amazing this season. The Shockers play Arizona tonight in Hawaii.

At Creighton, the Bluejays play Texas A&M (twice) and Kansas State in the first week.Missouri State’s Calli Norman and Kelley Michnowicz found each other even before they became Bears.Evansville coach Mike Swan says his team is deeper than last season, when injuries sent the Aces into a funk.Northern Iowa’s Bre Payton has a chance to become the second three-time MVC Player of the Year. Her arrival as the MVC’s best player returned the Panthers to the top of the conference.Bradley rebuilds with new coach Jenny Maurer.Drake also has a new coach in Tony Sunga.Indiana State is picked ninth, which second-year coach Traci Dahl won’t argue until her team wins big.