Fans will be treated to a double dose of Redbird athletics Friday, October 23, as the Redbird volleyball team will host Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) rival Wichita State for the Pack the Arena match. Immediately after the volleyball match, the Redbird men’s and women’s basketball teams will hold their annual Hoopfest scrimmage inside Redbird Arena.
The Illinois State volleyball team is coming off its best season in school history as the Redbirds won the MVC regular season and tournament titles, without losing a match. The Redbirds also earned their first victory in the NCAA tournament in 17 years after defeating Marquette in a thrilling five-set match. In last year’s Pack the Arena game versus Bradley, Illinois State had its largest crowd of the season with close to 3,000 fans packing the Redbird Arena.
After the volleyball match goes final, Redbird fans are encouraged to stick around for Hoopfest. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will showcase their 2015–2016 teams as they get set for the upcoming season. Hoopfest is free and open to the public.