AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn volleyball team is bringing its game to the international level as the squad is set to embark on a 12-day Italian excursion, leaving Thursday morning from Atlanta.
The Tigers open the trip in Rome where the team will spend two days sightseeing in the city, including a tour of The Vatican. The team is also set to travel to Florence, San Marino, Pesaro and Venice, where the squad will have opportunities to learn more about the history and culture of each stop.
Among the vast amounts of sightseeing, the Tigers will also compete against international competition while on the trip, opening with a match against the National Team of San Marino Republic on June 7.
Following the match against San Marino, Auburn will take part in a four-day tournament in Pesaro, Italy. The team opens with a match against the Scavolinia Club, Italy's reigning national champion, on June 8. The tournament continues with a June 9 match-up against Verde Ouro and a June 10 match against Falconara. The Tigers close out the tournament with a match on June 11 against a team yet to be announced.
"This trip to Italy will give us much needed international experience and a wonderful chance to bond in an unbelievable setting," head coach Wade Benson said. "Our goal for the trip is to be able to adjust to many different systems without losing our composure or our own identity."
Follow the Tigers' trip to Italy at AuburnTigers.com where there will be daily posts of student-athlete journals, match recaps and photo galleries.
June 3 - Depart from Atlanta and land at JFK International Airport then fly to Madrid, Spain June 4 - Depart from Madrid and land in Rome; tour of the city in the evening June 5 - Tour of the Vatican in the morning followed by a free day in Rome for sightseeing June 6 - Travel to Florence and tour the city June 7 - Travel to San Marino in the morning followed by a 7:45 p.m.
match against the National Team of San Marino Republic. Following
the match, travel to Pesaro.
June 8 - Match against Scavolinia at 4 p.m.
June 9 - Match against Verde Ouro at 4 p.m.
June 10 - Match against Falconara at 6 p.m.
June 11 - Play in the final match of the tournament at either 4 or 6 p.m.
June 12 - Free day to enjoy Pesaro and the beach June 13 - Travel to Venice and enjoy a tour of the city on a private boat June 14 - Depart for Madrid and land in Atlanta at 10 p.m.