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Sunday, June 1: Iowa State Explores Milan

The Iowa State volleyball team spent its final day of the European Tour on their own to explore Milan and the city center. The streets of Milan were filled to the brim on Sunday as the city center was also hosting the Radio Italia Live concert, bringing tens of thousands of people into the city.

ISU will be traveling back to Ames tomorrow.

>> Cyclone Sidebar: Volleyball European Tour Day 10 - Discover Yourself


Saturday, May 31: Iowa State Defeats Busto Arsizio B1, Explores Milan

The Iowa State volleyball team took it easy on their first full day in Milan, leaving the morning open for free time or to relax. That afternoon, the Cyclones made the short trek north to Busto Arsizio to take on the Busto Arsizio B1 team, one of the top B1 squads in Italy. In their final match of the tour, the Cyclones took down Busto 3-1 in the match proper and took an exhibition fifth set.

That evening, the Cyclones made their way to the Milan City Center for dinner and some sightseeing. Iowa State will spend its final full day in Milan and Europe sightseeing.

>> Match Recap: Iowa State Defeats Busto Arsizio B1, 3-1
>> Cyclone Sidebar: Volleyball European Tour Day Nine - Meeting Milan


Friday, May 30: Iowa State Visits Cinque Terre, Arrives in Milan

The Iowa State volleyball team traveled across the Italian peninsula Friday before arriving at the sea-side city of La Spezia. The Cyclones then took a train to the villages of Cinque Terre. ISU visited Riomaggiore and Vernazza before hiking over to the village of Monterosso.

The Cyclones then returned to La Spezia and bussed to their final destination of the European Tour in Milan.

Iowa State will play the final match of the European Tour on Saturday in Milan.

>> Cyclone Sidebar - Volleyball European Tour Day Eight - Road to Monterosso


Thursday, May 29: Iowa State Visits Venice

The Iowa State Volleyball Team departed Maribor Thursday morning and journeyed across Slovenia and to the coast of the Mediterranean to Italy. The Cyclones then made their way to Venice for sightseeing, canals, shopping, food and much more.

ISU is on the road again tomorrow as the Cyclones will cross the peninsula to the resort town of Cinque Terre for a day trip. Iowa State will then travel north to arrive at their final stop of the tour in Milan.

>> Cyclone Sidebar - European Volleyball Tour Day Seven – Where is San Marco?


Wednesday, May 28: Iowa State Explores Maribor, Sweeps Slovenia JNT

The Iowa State volleyball team explored the city center of Maribor today, seeing the sights of Slovenia’s second-largest city. Among the attractions in the city was Old Vine, the world’s oldest living vine which dates back to 1672 and still produces grapes for wine.

In the afternoon, the Cyclones picked up their first win of the European Tour with a sweep of the Slovenia Junior National Team. ISU won the three sets of the match, and then took the fourth set the two squads played.

Tomorrow is a travel day for the Cyclones, as Iowa State will make their way to Venice, Italy for the night.

>> Match Recap: Iowa State Sweeps Slovenia Junior National Team
>> Cyclone Sidebar - Volleyball European Tour Day Six – Vine Expressions


Wednesday, May 28: ISU Match vs. Slovenia JNT to be Live Streamed

Iowa State’s match against the Slovenia Junior National Team will be live streamed for fans to watch for free. The match will start at 11 a.m. Central Time from the Draš Center in Maribor, Slovenia.

The live stream is being provided by LiveStream, and though it is free to watch the match, users are required to create a LiveStream account. Fans are encouraged to register as early as possible to ensure they can watch from the start of the match.

To visit the event page, click here


Tuesday, May 27: ISU Takes on Ropes Course, Croatian Champs

The Iowa State volleyball team took part in a ropes course on Tuesday morning, taking on the wooden pillar and a giant swing. After that, ISU enjoyed lunch at a café overseeing Maribor from 1,800 feet above sea level. To get down from the mountain, the Cyclones took part in an alpine slide, which saw the Cyclones heading down at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

The Cyclones then had their first practice session of the trip in the Sport Center located on-site at the Cyclones’ hotel. That evening, ISU took on HAOK Mladost, the 2013-14 Croatian A-1 League Champions. Iowa State lost the match in straight sets, but was able to win a consolation fourth set.

Tomorrow, the Cyclones will go sightseeing in the Maribor City Center and then take a gondola lift up a mountain for lunch. ISU will then take on the Slovenia Junior National Team.

>> Match Recap
>> Cyclone Sidebar: Volleyball European Tour Day Five - Slovenian Adventureland


Monday, May 26: Cyclones Visit Vienna, Arrive in Maribor

Monday marked a travel day for the Iowa State volleyball team as the Cyclones departed Prague and made the drive to the Austrian capital of Vienna. ISU journeyed through the courtyard of Hofburg Palace en route to Vienna’s Old Town. The Cyclones explored the many attractions of old town, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Iowa State then bused across town to visit Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer home of the Austrian royal family that has now been turned into a museum. The Cyclones toured the interior of the palace and the gardens which featured many plants, statues and the Gloriette, the largest of its kind in the world.

The Cyclones then bused to their next stop in Maribor, Slovenia where ISU will be based for the next three nights. Iowa State’s volleyball squad returns to the court tomorrow night against a club team from Croatia. During the day, ISU will take on a ropes course and go down an alpine slide.

>> Cyclone Sidebar: Volleyball Europe Trip Day Four - All Over the Map


Sunday, May 25: Cyclones Get a Free Day, Play Czech JNT

The Iowa State volleyball team spent their final day in Prague by taking a visit to Old Town. Once the Cyclones got done exploring the area, they were free to do what they wanted, whether that be shop, sightseeing or going back to the hotel to get some rest.

ISU played its second match of the tour against the Czech Republic Junior National Team. Like yesterday’s match, Iowa State won two straight sets after losing the first, but the Czechs were able to battle back and take the fourth and decisive fifth sets.

Tomorrow is a travel day. Iowa State will travel to Vienna, Austria for a day trip before making their way to Maribor, Slovenia for a three-night stay that will include a pair of matches.”

>> Match Recap
>> Day Three Cyclone Sidebar


Saturday May 24: ISU Visits Prague Castle, Plays First Match

Iowa State’s second day in Prague was spent with a trip to Prague’s largest and most-popular tourist attraction, the Prague Castle. Originally built in the eighth century, Prague Castle is home to the largest cathedral in Prague, St. Vitus Cathedral, multiple palaces and both the office and home of the President of the Czech Republic. The Cyclones were also there to see the changing of the guard.

Saturday afternoon, ISU took part in its first match against the Czech Republic World University Games team, falling to the Czechs in five sets. Iowa State will play its second match tomorrow against the Czech Republic Junior National Team.

>> Match Recap
>> Cyclone Sidebar on Trip to Prague Castle


Friday, May 23: Iowa State Arrives In Prague

After an overnight flight from Chicago to London, the Iowa State volleyball team arrived in Prague Friday afternoon for the first stop of their European Tour. After dinner, the Cyclones went to see the Charles Bridge, which flows over the Vitava River and gives visitors beautiful views of the Czech Republic capital. The ISU travel party also stopped by to see the John Lennon Wall, a graffiti display in Grand Piory Square honoring the late musician from The Beatles.

For Saturday, Iowa State will start the day by visiting the Prague Castle, one of the oldest castles in the world as it dates back to the ninth century. The Cyclones will also play their first match of the tour against Czech club side PVK Olymp Praha. The match will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Prague.

Here is a link to a Cyclone Sidebar Blog from day one.


Wednesday, May 21: Iowa State Volleyball Heads on European Tour

Iowa State completed its 10th and final practice leading into its trip to Europe today. On Thursday, the Cyclones will fly out of Des Moines to Chicago before taking an overnight flight to London. ISU will land in London on Friday morning and make the trip to Prague, Czech Republic to begin the 10-day trip.

Iowa State will be visiting four countries, sightseeing and taking part in matches throughout the trip. Throughout the trips, members of the team and staff members along for the trip will be sharing thoughts and experiences. There will also be photos and video on Cyclones.com and Cyclones.tv throughout the journey. You can also follow the trip via our Twitter account @CycloneVB, and with our official trip hashtag #EuroClones.



2014 Volleyball European Tour Schedule

May 22: Travel day
May 23: Arrive in Prague, Czech Republic, tour city center
May 24: Tour Prague Castle
May 24: Match vs. PVK Olymp Praha
May 26: Travel day, bus to Vienna, Austria and visit. Then bus to Maribor, Slovenia
May 27: Free time in Maribor City
May 28: Tour of Maribor City Center
May 29: Travel to Venice, Italy
May 30: Travel to Cinque Terre, Italy for the day, travel to Milan, Italy that night
May 31: City tour
June 2: Return to U.S.