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May 2, 2014

Sports briefs for Friday, May 2

IUK volleyball team announces recruits

Indiana University Kokomo volleyball coach Heather Hayes on Thursday announced the signing of seven players who will join the program for the 2014 season. The freshmen will join a program that is coming off a breakout season. The Cougars in 2013 went 28-11 overall and finished in the upper division of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings.

“This recruiting class is very versatile and athletic,” Hays said in a press release. “They will provide depth to our roster, which is something we realized we need more of last year. The college game is much more strenuous on the body, so the depth will allow for our bodies to stay more fresh throughout the season.

“This class is a very competitive group. They will help increase our level of competitiveness at practice which, in turn, should increase our level play.”

The recruits are: 5-foot-8 middle hitter Alexis Brickner (Southwood); 5-8 setter Casey Colgate (Indianapolis Lutheran); 5-7 defensive specialist Shelby Delp (North Montgomery); 5-4 defensive specialist Natalie Heaton (Wes-Del); 5-2 defensive specialist Maddison Taylor (Brown County); 5-10 outside hitter Lindi Thomas (Wapahani); and 6-0 middle hitter Elyse Younger (Fishers).

Matchups are set for ACC/Big Ten

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Maryland and Virginia will renew their basketball rivalry — now as nonconference foes.

The Terrapins will host the Cavaliers in the 16th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in December. It’s the first time Maryland will be representing the Big Ten after leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers will play at Clemson, while ACC addition Louisville will host Ohio State.

ESPN announced the matchups on Thursday. Other top matchups include Duke at Wisconsin, Syracuse at Michigan, Iowa at North Carolina, and Michigan State at Notre Dame.

With the expansion of the two conferences, the event is increasing from 12 to 14 games.

The Rutgers-Clemson game is Dec. 1, when Nebraska also faces Florida State. Along with Syracuse-Michigan and Ohio State-Louisville, Pittsburgh is at Indiana, N.C. State at Purdue, Illinois at Miami, and Minnesota at Wake Forest on Dec. 2. The Dec. 3 matchups are Duke-Wisconsin, Michigan State-Notre Dame, Iowa-North Carolina, Virginia-Maryland, Georgia Tech-Northwestern and Virginia Tech-Penn State.

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