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The Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Exhibition Tour will feature matches broadcast on BTN+, SEC+, Longhorn Network and HUBison.com.
Here's some info on the tour. Tickets ($10 general admission) are available at Gopher Sports
The Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Exhibition Tour gets underway next week, featuring a team of its professional athletes traveling across the U.S. to play a series of exhibition matches against top college programs, while promoting the sport at a grassroots level and previewing the fall championship season.
The Athletes Unlimited Volleyball Exhibition Tour will begin on March 25 and run through April 21, and feature a roster of 14 top professional players visiting nine top college programs (including eight of the top 15 schools in the end of season NCAA volleyball rankings) and playing exhibition matches on their campuses. They will also visit two of the largest youth tournaments in the U.S., with the AU pros splitting into two teams for a head-to-head exhibition.
The Exhibition Tour will include visits to the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, Baylor University, Howard University and Penn State University, as well as the Windy City Qualifier in Chicago and the Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia.
All four matches against Big Ten teams will be streamed live on BTN+, while Longhorn Network will air the match against Texas, the match at Kentucky will stream on SEC+ and the match at Howard will stream on HUBison.com.
In addition to the matches, the Athletes Unlimited pros will visit local youth clubs, schools and community events, host clinics and other activities geared towards promoting the sport and building excitement about the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball championship season in the fall.
- March 25: Ohio State University — 6:30 p.m. on BTN+
- March 30: University of Kentucky — 7 p.m. on SEC+
- March 31: University of Louisville — 6 p.m. (Broadcast not available)
- April 4: University of Minnesota — 8 p.m. on BTN+
- April 5: University of Wisconsin — 8 p.m. on BTN+
- April 8: Windy City Qualifier (Chicago)
- April 12: University of Texas — 8 p.m. on Longhorn Network
- April 13: Baylor University — 8 p.m. (Broadcast not available)
- April 15: Northeast Qualifier (Philadelphia)
- April 19: Howard University — 7 p.m. on HUBison.com
- April 21: Penn State University — 7 p.m. on BTN+
The player roster for the Exhibition Tour will include Ali Bastianelli, Amanda Benson, Kaz Brown, Taylor Bruns Tegenrot, Alisha Childress, Leah Edmond, Erin Fairs, Falyn Fonoimoana, Morgan Hentz, Sydney Hilley, Willow Johnson, Molly McCage, Deja McClendon, Jamie Peterson, Taylor Reid and Jenna Rosenthal. This group includes one Olympian (Childress), five national champions and eight All-Americans.
During the Exhibition Tour, a number of Athletes Unlimited players will have the opportunity to return to their alma mater and compete against their college program, including McCage (Texas), Childress (Penn State), McClendon (Penn State), Fairs (Louisville), Reid (Minnesota) and Hilley (Wisconsin), Brown (Kentucky) and Edmond (Kentucky).
“The Exhibition Tour will provide an incredible opportunity over the coming weeks to reach so many volleyball fans across the country at the collegiate and youth levels, as we build excitement for the championship season this fall,” said Cassidy Lichtman, Director of Sport for Athletes Unlimited Volleyball.