MINNEAPOLIS - Miami is in Minneapolis this weekend to take on three strong teams in the Diet Coke Classic. On Friday, the RedHawks will face Albany at 6 p.m. (EDT). On Saturday, Miami will take on host and 16th-ranked Minnesota at 11 a.m. (EDT) and finish the event with LIU-Brooklyn at 6 p.m. (EDT).
CONDIT LOOKS FOR SECOND PART OF HISTORY: Miami volleyball head coach Carolyn Condit recorded a huge accomplishment last weekend when she earned her 500th win at the school-the first coach in any sport to do that. This weekend she'll look to earn her 600th career victory. She has 599 total wins in 32-plus years as a head coach. That includes 99 victories in four season as head coach at Xavier (1980-83).
KENDALL ACCOMPLISHMENT CLOSE: Senior setter Amy Kendall (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), enters the weekend with 1,896 assists. With 104 more, she'll become only the 10th player in school history to join the 2,000-assist club.
HOME OPENER TUESDAY: The Miami University volleyball team will open the home portion of its schedule with a rare Tuesday match next week. The RedHawks will welcome Xavier to Millett Hall for a 7 p.m. contest.
ABOUT ALBANY: Albany went 0-3 on the season after participating in a tournament in a tournament in Honolulu last weekend. The Great Danes faced a tough schedule, dropping matches to eighth-ranked Hawaii and sixth-ranked Stanford, along with Saint Mary's. They are coming off an America East Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. A key performer for them in Hawaii was All-Tournament selection Viktoriia Stroilo. She recorded 35 digs, an average of 3.5 digs per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE GREAT DANES: This is the first meeting between Miami and Albany.
ABOUT MINNESOTA: The Golden Gophers are 2-0 in the season after wins over James Madison and Appalachian State last weekend. Their head coach is Hugh McCutcheon, who just led the United States National Team to a silver medal in the London Olympics. He is joining the team for the first time this weekend. The Golden Gophers are led by senior outside hitter Katharine Harms. She has 32 kills on the season, an average of 4.57 kills per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE GOLDEN GOPHERS: Minnesota has won both meetings all-time with Miami. The match came in the First Round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. The Gophers defeated the MAC Champion RedHawks, 3-0, in Provo, Utah.
ABOUT LIU-BROOKLYN: LIU-Brooklyn is the satellite campus of Long Island University that is located in Brooklyn. The Blackbirds are coming off a 2011 Northeast Conference regular season championship, and are 2-1 after tournament action last weekend. LIU-Brooklyn defeated Delaware State and tournament host UNC-Wilmington, but feel to High Point in five sets. The Blackbirds are a strong defensive team led by freshman libero Ariana Vinas Joy. She has 43 digs, an average of 4.30 per set.
THE SERIES AGAINST THE BLACKBIRDS: This is the first meeting between Miami and LIU-Brooklyn.