COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team looks to build on its 3-0 start as it makes a short trip to Fairfax, Va., for the Patriot Invitational. The Terps are scheduled to take on Lehigh (2-2) on Friday at 5 p.m., before playing East Tennessee State (1-2) at noon and George Mason (0-3) at 6 p.m on Saturday.
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• Maryland is looking to go 4-0 for the first time since 2005, when it began the season 14-0 en route to claiming a share of the ACC crown and advancing to the NCAA second round.
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Scouting the Lehigh Mountain Hawks
• Lehigh went 2-2 to open the 2014 season last weekend, defeating Buffalo and Canisius, but falling to both Siena and Ole Miss in straight sets. The Mountain Hawks went 20-9 last season, reaching the 20-win plateua for the first time since 2002.
• The Mountain Hawks used a balance offensive attack last weekend, featuring six players that averaged more than two kills per set. Jade Van Streepen led the way with 2.79 kills/s, while Mariah Brantley tallied 5.29 digs/s on the defensive end.
• Maryland is 3-0 all-time against Lehigh in a series that dates back to 1980. They last met in 2008.
Scouting the east tennessee bucs
• East Tennesse opened their 2014 campaign last weekend with a straight-set win over Morgan State, before falling in four sets to both Cal State Sacramento and UNC Charlotte.
• The Bucs struggled offensively during their opening weekend, notching a meager .138 hitting percentage. Over the course of three matches, Bethany Gesell and Khadijah Wiley led team with 20 total kills each.
• This is the first meeting in history between Maryland and East Tennessee.
Scouting the George Mason Patriots
• George Mason had rough start to their 2014 season, opening the season with a trio of losses to Howard, Georgetown and American. The Patriots won just 2-of-9 sets played.
• Sophomore Jessie Greenslade earned a spot on the all-tournament team after posting 28 kills over three matches with an average of 2.55 kills per set to go along with 25 digs on the weekend.
• Maryland and George Mason have met 28 times dating back to 1982, with the Terps winning 23 of the meetings. Maryland was victorious in the first meeting since 2003 last season, sweeping the Patriots in straight sets at the Maryland Invitational.
Maryland's Probable Starters
|MB||2||Hailey Murray||Fr.||6-1||Washington, D.C.||12||1.50||0.00||0.17||0.50|
|OH||4||Emily Fraik||Jr.||6-2||Wyoming, Ohio||12||2.25||0.17||2.83||0.33|
|S||9||Carlotta Oggioni||So.||5-10||Rome, Italy||12||0.08||10.25||2.58||0.33|
|L||11||Amy Dion||Jr.||5-7||Algonquin, Ill.||12||0.00||1.17||3.08||0.00|
|OH||14||Ashleigh Crutcher||Sr.||6-1||Raleigh, N.C.||8||3.38||0.00||0.38||0.12|
|OH||15||Adreené Elliott||Sr.||6-3||Winston Salem, N.C.||12||4.50||0.00||1.08||0.50|
|MB||18||Ashlyn MacGregor||So.||6-2||Tarpon Springs, Fla.||12||1.42||0.00||0.58||0.75|
Phoenix Classic Champions
• The Maryland volleyball team started the season on a strong note last weekend by defeating Elon, Liberty and San Jose State to win the Phoenix Classic tournament title.
• The Terps won the tournament despite tallying a meager .187 hitting percentage on the weekend. The wins marked the first for new head coach Steve Aird.
Elliott Claims MVP Honors
• Senior Adreené Elliott was the star of the Phoenix Classic, averaging 4.5 kills/s to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Albeit very early in the season, Elliott currently leads the Big Ten Conference in kills/s.
• The North Carolina native opened the season with 16 kills against Elon, before notching a career-high 24 kills versus Liberty.
Fraik, Oggioni Named to All-Tournament team
• Junior Emily Fraik was named to the Phoenix Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts over the weekend, ranking second on the team with 2.83 digs/s and third with 2.25 kills/s. Fraik saved her best for last, slamming 12 kills with only one error (.314 pct.) against San Jose State.
• Sophomore setter Carlotta Oggioni had an impressive debut for Maryland, averaging 10.25 assists/s on her way to being named to the Pheonix Classic All-Tournament team.Oggioni opened her Terrapin career with 44 assists and 17 digs against Elon, before notching a career-high 51 assists versus Liberty. Oggioni’s 51 assists were the most for a Terp since Remy McBain tallied 60 against Virginia in 2011.
Fraik, Oggioni Named to All-Tournament team
• Maryland is a combined 26-5 all-time against its three opponents this weekend, with most of the meetings coming against George Mason. The Terps are 23-5 all-time against George Mason and 3-0 against Lehigh, while they will face East Tennessee State for the first time in history this weekend.
• The Terps and George Mason renewed an old rivalry last season when the teams met for the 28th time in history. Maryland won the match, 3-0, as Ashleigh Crutcher led the team with 12 kills and 10 digs.
• Senior Ashleigh Crutcher needs just 18 more kills to reach the 1,000-kill plateau for her career. The star outside hitter has averaged 3.52 kills/s during her career. She can move into 10th place on the Maryland career kills list by surpassing Maria DiLivio's 1,022.
• Senior Adreené Elliott is also on the verge of 1,000 career kills, currently sitting at 928 for her career.
A new era
• The Terrapin volleyball team began a new era on Jan. 29, 2014, when Steve Aird was hired as the fourth head coach in prorgam history. Prior to his hiring, Aird had just helped guide the Penn State women’s volleyball team to its sixth national title as an assistant coach. Aird won a pair of national titles in two stints with Penn State, while also gaining experience at Auburn and Cincinnati.
• The Terps leave the ACC to join the Big Ten this season -- arguably the toughest volleyball conference in the nation. The Big Ten featured seven teams in the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16, including NCAA runner-up Wisconsin and national champion Penn State.
• The Terps are scheduled to play 13 matches against teams ranked in the AVCA preseason national poll this season - marking their toughest schedule in history. Two of the matches include a road trip to Seattle, Wash., to face No. 4 Washington and No. 5 USC. Maryland will also play a pair of matches against No. 1 Penn State, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Purdue and No. 12 Minnesota.
BTN Schedule Released
• The Terps are slated to play at least 14 matches this season on the Big Ten Network platform, including the Rutgers match on Oct. 21 which will air nationally on Big Ten Network. The other 13 matches will be streamed live on the BTN2Go app (BTN Plus), which is the official app of the Big Ten Network. Fans can access all Big Ten content on BTN Plus for $119.95 per year or a $14.95 monthly subscription. A Maryland School Pass for BTN Plus, which includes all Terrapin contests, home and away, on BTN Plus for $79.95 per year or for a $9.95 monthly subscription.
• The Terrapins found much of their success last season at the net on the defensive end, ranking 15th in the nation with 2.82 blocks/s. Maryland returns 82 percent of its blocking from a season ago, led by sophomore Ashlyn MacGregor. MacGregor tallied 1.33 blocks/s as a freshman, which ranked third in the ACC and 28th in the nation. The Terps return their top-5 blockers from last season, including Adreené Elliott (0.88/s) and Kelsey Hrebenach (1.08/s).
The Terps' Crutch
• Ashleigh Crutcher returns to the Terrapin lineup for her senior season after totaling 304 kills in 2013 despite playing in just 77 sets due to injuries. A two-time all-conference performer and honorable mention all-american as a sophomore, Crutcher leads the Terrapin offense and is hoping for a healthy senior season. The Raleigh, N.C., native has the ability to take matches over, tallying more than 20 kills on four occasions last season.
Elliott trains with Nation's best
• Senior Adreené Elliott, a 2013 All-ACC honoree, was one of 36 athletes across the nation chosen to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program this past summer in Minnesota. Elliott spent nine days training with the best college volleyball players in the nation, and was coached by retired coaching legends Mike Hebert and Bill Neville. She is Maryland’s “Iron Woman,” having played in 279 consecutive sets and a total of 358 of a possible 361 sets during her career.
Location, Location, Location
• Although Maryland is not scheduled to play a home match until Oct. 3, the program is excited to be hosting matches at three different facilities this season: the XFINITY Center Pavilion (primary), the XFINITY Center main court (first time since 2010) and Ritchie Coliseum (first time since 2002).