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first_imgStory Links ESPN+ – Drake vs. EIU ESPN+ – vs. Iowa ESPN+ – Drake vs UML DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team brings its undefeated record back to campus this week to host the Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge Invitational at the Knapp Center. The two-day tournament features five teams and eight matches at the Knapp Center Sept. 7-8.The Bulldogs begin competition Friday, Sept. 7, against Eastern Illinois at 1:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. contest against South Dakota State. Action continues Saturday, Sept. 8, against UMass Lowell at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. match against in-state rival Iowa. The Hawkeyes’ visit to the Knapp Center is the program’s first since 2010.All of Drake’s matches at the Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge will be broadcast on ESPN+Click here for the entire Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge schedule with all eight matches.Drake (6-0) is one of 27 undefeated teams in the nation as the Bulldogs have won their first two tournaments of the season and have won 18 of the 19 sets they have played. The Bulldogs have also had a tournament MVP in each of the first two weeks of the season as Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) was named the Sam Houston State Tournament MVP while Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) was recently named the Holy Cross Invitational MVP.Tubbs was also honored as this week’s Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week as she recorded 19 blocks and 26 kills in the three matches at the Holy Cross Invitational. On the season, Tubbs ranks 64th in the nation in blocks per set while the Bulldogs rank 18th as a team.Additionally, Drake’s defense ranks in the top five nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .074 with no opponent hitting higher than .130 against the Bulldogs this season. Offensively, the Bulldogs have hit .218 and outscored opponents in sets by a combined 110 points in 19 sets.Following this weekend’s Hotel Renovo-Wildwood Lodge Invitational, the Bulldogs return to the road for their final tournament of the season at the Mizzou Invitational Sept. 14-15.center_img Live Stats ESPN+ – Drake vs. SDSU Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more