B1G changes are underway for the Maryland volleyball program. With a new coaching staff and a challenging schedule on the horizon, the Terps are poised to take the program to new heights as it transitions into the Big Ten Conference. Follow along with our weekly installment of the Maryland Volleyball Summer Series as we take an inside look at the program leading up to first serve on August 29 against Elon.
Inside the Terps' 2014 Schedule
With first serve only five weeks away, the Maryland Volleyball Summer Series examines the Terps’ exciting and competitive schedule for their inaugural season in the Big Ten Conference. Head coach Steve Aird guides us through the components of the schedule and some of his expectations for Maryland in 2014. Rankings listed are from the 2013 ACVA Final Poll.
- Aug. 29 at Elon (Elon Phoenix Classic)
- Aug. 30 vs. Liberty (Elon Phoenix Classic)
- Aug. 30 vs. San Jose State (Elon Phoenix Classic)
- Sep. 5 vs. Lehigh (Patriot Invitational)
- Sep. 6 vs. East Tennessee State (Patriot Invitational)
- Sep. 6 at George Mason (Patriot Invitational)
- Sep. 12 vs. Radford (Black and Gold Challenge)
- Sep. 13 vs. Georgia State (Black and Gold Challenge)
- Sep. 13 at Appalachian State (Black and Gold Challenge)
- Sep. 18 at #4 Washington (Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase)
- Sep. 19 vs. #6 USC (Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase)
Summer Series: The Terps’ non-conference schedule, or “preseason,” is entirely on the road this season as they take on a mix of local foes along the East coast. Preseason play ends with a monumental trip to Seattle, Wash., for the Pac-12/Big Ten Showcase against two of the nation’s top teams from a season ago (Washington and USC). The showcase, which includes Wisconsin and will rotate to each school over the next four years, will provide Maryland with a major test before opening conference action.
Coach Aird’s Take: “My staff and I tried to find matches that would give us a chance to have some success, while at the same time prepare the team for life in the Big Ten Conference. Our trip to Seattle will give us a chance to play in a fantastic atmosphere against some of the best teams in the country on back-to-back nights. We understand the showcase will be a challenge, but if you want to be elite you have to expose your team to elite events and challenge them.”
- Oct. 3 vs. Indiana
- Oct. 5 vs. #8 Purdue
- Oct. 10 at #10 Minnesota
- Oct. 12 at #2 Wisconsin
- Oct. 17 vs. #14 Michigan State
- Oct. 18 vs. Michigan
- Oct. 21 vs. Rutgers
- Oct. 25 at Rutgers
- Oct. 31 vs. Iowa
- Nov. 1 vs. #7 Nebraska
- Nov. 7 at Ohio State
- Nov. 8 at #1 Penn State
- Nov. 12 at #8 Purdue
- Nov. 16 at #7 Nebraska
- Nov. 19 vs. #10 Minnesota
- Nov. 22 vs. #1 Penn State
- Nov. 26 at Iowa
- Nov. 29 vs. Northwestern
Summer Series: Maryland’s transition to the Big Ten conference becomes reality for the volleyball team when it hosts Indiana at Comcast Pavilion on Friday, October 3, at 7 p.m. After squaring off against the Hoosiers, the Terps open a 4-match slate against teams ranked in the top-15 of the final 2013 AVCA poll. The stretch is hardly the toughest of Maryland’s season, however, as it will face five consecutive top-10 opponents from Nov. 8 to Nov. 22 – bookended with a pair of matchups against defending National Champion Penn State.
Coach Aird’s Take: “I know the conference well and it is a privilege to compete against the nation’s elite. The level of athlete and the level of coaching is great. There is nowhere to hide in the Big Ten. You need to compete at the highest level every night to give yourself a chance for success. I understand what you have to do in order to have success. It will be my job to get the very best out of the players I have available.”
Summer Series: The 2014 season marks an exciting new era for volleyball at the University of Maryland and the surrounding region. Other than Olympic volleyball, the Big Ten conference is home to the highest level of consistent volleyball in the nation. Maryland volleyball fans can expect record crowds for matches this season as the brightest collegiate stars will be on display in College Park. The Terps also plan to play in historic Ritchie Coliseum for the first time since Nov. 8, 2002, when they swept Virginia, 3-0.
Coach Aird’s Take: “We are thrilled to announce that we plan to play matches in three different facilities this season: Comcast Center main court, Comcast Pavilion and Ritchie Coliseum. Some of the best teams in the country will be on campus and I hope the community and volleyball fans come out to support us. I’m encouraged with the direction of the program and I hope our fans and friends of the program are excited to grow with us and see this thing take off. I am familiar with the players and styles of the teams in the conference and that will be an advantage. We are going to train hard and prepare to the best of our ability, while enjoying the process and having fun competing. That’s what it should be about.”