Indiana volleyball released its schedule for the 2022 season Tuesday morning.
"We are thrilled to finally get the schedule as we prepare for the 2022 season. Our program has had a fantastic spring and so many of our young players made great strides. Our trip to Europe aided in that development and we feel good about our team heading into the fall," Hoosiers head coach Steve Aird said in a release. "We play a very challenging pre-season, and it will test us early and often. We feel that is important to test ourselves, travel and play excellent teams on the road."
Indiana will start its season at 7 p.m. against Indiana State University at the Indiana Invitational in Wilkinson Hall. Indiana will then play Chicago State University at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27. Following that match, Indiana will play at at 7 p.m. against Jacksonville State University.
The Hoosiers will travel to Corpus Christi, Texas, from Sept. 2-3 to compete in the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tournament. Indiana will continue on the road to Raleigh, North Carolina, for a three-game trip from Sept. 8-9.
Indiana will play both Western Carolina University at 11 a.m. and North Carolina State University at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8. Indiana will play Texas Christian University at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9.
Indiana will wrap up non-conference play in Bowling Green Kentucky. Indiana will play both Texas A&M University at 2 p.m. and Tennessee Technological University at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16. The last game will be against Western Kentucky University at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 17.
Indiana will start Big Ten play Sept. 23 on the road at Penn State. The last time Indiana opened in-conference play at Penn State was Sept. 21, 2001. Penn State won that match 3-1. Penn State also won last year’s lone match against Indiana 3-1 at Wilkinson Hall.
The Hoosiers then have a three-game home stretch at Wilkinson Hall. The first home match will be against Iowa on Sept. 28. Indiana split the two games with Iowa last season and won 3-1 in Wilkinson Hall. That match will be followed by Ohio State on Oct. 1.
Wisconsin, the reigning national champions, will play at Wilkinson Hall on Oct 5. Indiana lost last year’s match 3-0 in Madison, Wisconsin, for its final match of the 2021 season. Wisconsin won each set 25-14, 25-9 and 25-15.
On Oct. 8, Indiana will head to Iowa. Indiana then comes back to Wilkinson Hall for two matches. The first match will be against in-state rival Purdue on Oct. 14. Indiana went 0-2 against Purdue last season and only won one set in West Lafayette.
The second match will be against Michigan State on Oct. 16. Indiana will travel to the mitten state for matches against Michigan on Oct. 21 and Michigan State on Oct. 23. Indiana will host Rutgers on Oct. 28 before embarking on a three-game road trip. Indiana will head up to Purdue on Oct. 30.
Nebraska, the national runner-ups, on Nov. 2. Although Indiana lost 3-1 at Wilkinson Hall on Nov. 14, 2021, it was only the third time the team had won a set against Nebraska in 10 years. Indiana won the first set 25-23 before it lost three consecutive sets 25-18, 25-22 and 25-16. Indiana will travel to Wisconsin for a match on Nov. 6.
Indiana will host Penn State on Nov. 11 and then will travel up to Minnesota on Nov. 13. Indiana will come back to host Northwestern on Nov. 18.
Indiana will travel to Ohio State on Nov. 20. The last two matches of the season will be home against No. 16 Illinois on Nov. 23 and Maryland on Nov. 26.
Last season, the Hoosiers finished with a 10-22 overall record and 4-16 in the Big Ten, tied for 11th in the Big Ten with the Hawkeyes and Spartans. The four wins were against the Spartans and Hawkeyes at Wilkinson Hall and two against the Scarlet Knights. Aird enters his fifth season with the program and currently has a 45-71 record while at Indiana.