HOUGHTON - Maybe jumping back to non-conference play will give the Michigan Tech volleyball team a much-needed spark.
At least that's what the Huskies are hoping after dropping their last five matches in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Tech (5-12, 2-7 GLIAC) is 3-5 in non-conference play this year, and they'll face a wide variety of challenges in five straight non-conference games in Illinois, starting this weekend with three matches in the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament.
This afternoon, Tech faces a challenging Quincy (10-7, 4-5 Great Lakes Valley Conference) squad, but at least on paper, Saturday appears to be a prime opportunity to collect a pair of wins.
The Huskies will play at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. against Illinois-Springfield (4-12, 1-8 GLVC) and St. Joseph's (4-15, 0-9 GLVC).
After the tournament, Tech will stay in Illinois for another doubleheader on Tuesday, against Indiana University Kokomo, an NAIA school, before playing immediately afterward against one of the GLVC's best teams, Lewis (11-7, 7-2 GLVC).
After long trips to Ohio and Illinois, Tech will finally return home next weekend to face Tiffin and Ohio Dominican. Including those games, the Huskies have seven of their last nine matches at the SDC.