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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team will travel to Italy, Slovenia and Croatia from May 12-24 for the program’s first international tour under coach Reed Sunahara.
“This is a great opportunity for our program and we are incredibly thankful for the school and our supporters for making this a possibility,” Sunahara said. “This will be a great learning experience for our players. We’re looking forward to playing, taking in the sights and learning about these cultures. This is a great way to showcase our program on the international level and will only help us grow.”
WVU will depart from Pittsburgh International Airport on Friday, May 12. Following a layover in New York, the Mountaineers arrive at Milan–Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy, the morning of Saturday, May 13. The team will stay in Milan until May 15, playing a pair of matches against the Italian Federation Development team, Club Italia. WVU will travel to Venice on May 16 for sightseeing opportunities.
From May 17-19, the Mountaineers will be stationed in Maribor, Slovenia. The squad will travel to Trieste, Italy, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, to take in the sights. On May 18-19, they will play a pair of matches against national teams from Slovenia, Croatia or Austria.
West Virginia will take on the Slovenian U18 National Team in Bled on May 20. Most recently, the team qualified for the World Championships in Argentina.
Rising sophomore Natania Levak
will face her former club, the Croatian U18/U20 team when WVU travels to Istra, Croatia, on May 21 and 22. From there, the Mountaineers head to Koper, Slovenia, for the day on May 23.
“The opportunity to play at home means a lot to me, and I look forward to my teammates joining me for a few days to build new memories and experiences. The trip is a great opportunity for us to improve on the court and bond as a team. Honestly, I don’t know a better place on this planet to do that,” Levak said. “My friends and family are excited to meet all the people I call my family away from home.”
The team will return to Venice on May 24 before traveling back to the U.S.