COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland volleyball team will compete against the nation's best this fall, including 15 matches against NCAA Tournament teams, as head coach Steve Aird announced the fall slate Wednesday.
"Our entire program is thrilled about the 2017 season," Aird said. "Our schedule will be very challenging, but we are excited about the product we will put on the floor. I am really proud of the work the program, players and staff have done over the last few seasons to put us in this position.”
The Terps will face two of the 2016 Final Four programs and five Elite Eight squads. Six of Maryland's opponents reached the Sweet Sixteen last season. Nine of the team's opponents were ranked or received votes in the final AVCA Coaches Poll, including five top-10 programs.
Maryland will feature a young, talented roster this fall. After welcoming the 16th-ranked recruiting class last year, the Terps will have the program's first-ever top-10 class in 2017. Between the 2016 and 2017 classes, Maryland features six Under Armour All-Americans and five top-100 players.
"There is a lot of energy around the program right now and we are grateful for the support," Aird added. "We are young, but we are physical and have a lot of talent on the roster. I expect training camp to be very competitive and there will be battles at every position. I like my team. I know they will be ready to compete."
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The Terps open the season with the Maryland Invite and will host UMBC, Northeastern and Temple on Aug. 25 and 26. Maryland travels to Liberty to take on the Flames, Elon and Furman the following weekend on Sept. 1 and 2.
The Terrapins travel to Marshall on Sept. 8 and 9 to face the Fighting Herd, Toledo and Virginia Tech.
The squad closes the nonconference schedule with the Maryland Challenge, which will be hosted on the XFINITY Center main court. In the fourth season of the tournament, the Terps will face Pac-12 powerhouses USC and Washington and Oklahoma on Sept. 14 and 15.
"This is an amazing opportunity for volleyball fans in the DMV to see some of the best teams in the country," Aird said about the Challenge. "All three of these programs are exceptional and the atmosphere in the XFINITY Center will be electric. You come to Maryland because you want to play the nation's best, and hosting this event is a great example."
Maryland opens Big Ten Conference play on the road, taking on Ohio State and Indiana in the first weekend before traveling to Michigan State and Michigan to close September.
The Terps return to College Park to host Rutgers and Penn State on Oct. 6 and 7. The team hits the road again to face Northwestern and Illinois on Oct. 13 and 14.
Maryland hosts Wisconsin on Oct. 18 for a midweek match before taking on the Spartans on Oct. 21. The Terrapins host the following weekend as well, facing Indiana and Purdue on Oct. 27 and 29.
The Terps face a gauntlet to begin November, traveling to four Elite Eight teams in back-to-back weekends. Maryland competes against Minnesota and Wisconsin on Nov. 3 and 4 before taking on Nebraska and Penn State on Nov. 8 and 11.
The Terrapins close the regular season with two home weekends. The squad hosts Iowa and Nebraska on Nov. 17 and 18 and takes on Ohio State and Northwestern in the final week on Nov. 22 and 25.