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Big Week Ahead for Miami Athletics

Starting on Friday, there are a number of key games for Miami sports teams - seasons beginning, key end of the year games, and the toughest test so far for Miami's #1 ranked hockey team.

Friday evening brings three significant games for Miami teams.  Volleyball (11-3 in the MAC) plays the first game of its season ending weekend at Akron (2-13), before travelling to Buffalo (1-13) for the final match of the regular season on Saturday.  Two victories this weekend will earn Miami the third seed in the MAC volleyball tournament as well as giving Miami its most MAC victories in a season since 1998.  Ice Hockey (8-0-0, #1 in the nation) faces its toughest test so far this season with a two game home series versus Notre Dame (6-3-0) on Friday and Saturday.  Notre Dame is ranked #12 in the nation, and many believe Notre Dame will be one of Miami's toughest challengers for the CCHA title.  Finally, women's basketball opens its 2007-08 season in the WNIT by facing #24 Notre Dame in South Bend.  The RedHawks are predicted to finish third in the MAC East.

In addition to the second games of the weekend for volleyball and ice hockey, both the men's and women's cross country teams will be competing on Saturday in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional championships.  Both teams have been ranked in the top 10 in the regional rankings this season and both are coming off top three finishes in the MAC Championships.

On Tuesday, men's basketball opens its season by facing Xavier in Oxford.  Miami is coming off a MAC tournament championship season and NCAA tournament appearance, and is predicted to finish second in the MAC East this season.

Finally, on Wednesday, football (5-5 overall, 3-1 MAC East) plays its final home game of the season versus Akron.  The RedHawks control their own destiny for postseason play; victories versus Akron and in the regular season finale versus OU will guarantee Miami a MAC East championship, a date with Central Michigan in the MAC Championship game, and a bowl berth.



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