COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team was greeted by several hundred supporters Saturday as the program held its first Fan Appreciation Night and Red-White Scrimmage under head coach Steve Aird at the XFINITY Center.
“I was thrilled with the tremendous turnout we had tonight,” Aird said. “The number of people that attended the open scrimmage shows the community and school is excited about the program. I thought the level of play was OK but the fight was great. Our kids competed hard and that’s what it’s going to take to perform in the Big Ten Conference.”
As part of Fan Appreciation Night, the Terps hosted an open house for their fans in Heritage Hall. Brandy Aird, Steve Aird’s wife, provided an excellent array of food and beverages while Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson and Aird addressed the crowd.
“We’re going into the premier volleyball conference in the nation and we are going to compete like we do in everything else,” Anderson said. “Coach Aird has lived and breathed the Big Ten, so he will do great things for this program.”
Following the open house, Maryland held its final intersquad scrimmage of the preseason in the XFINITY Center Pavilion. The Terps played a handful of sets for the crowd in preparation for their season-opening match against Elon on Aug. 29. Ashleigh Crutcher had a team-high 14 kills, while Emily Fraik added 10.
Maryland plays its first home match of the season Oct. 3 when it hosts Indiana. The match will mark the Terps’ inaugural home match in the Big Ten – arguably the nation’s toughest conference.
Maryland is set to host Big Ten powers Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, Nebraska and Minnesota this season. Click here for ticket information.