Scots Hosting Two September Tourneys
MARYVILLE – Maryville has a new schedule to go with its brand-new conference affiliation for 2022.
The Scots and seven of the members of the USA South Conference's West Division are moving to the just-formed Collegiate Conference of the South. Brevard decided to stay with the USA South, but the CCS is adding Belhaven from Mississippi by way of the American Southwest Conference to keep the league at nine schools.
Maryville has a more home-friendly September than in 2021, but a challenging October also stands out when scanning the 29-game slate. A carryover from last season to the new league is 16 regular season matches leading into the conference tournament.
"I'm excited to be home most of the month of September," said Scots head coach Kandis Schram, who enters her 36th season leading the Maryville volleyball program. "Hopefully, that will give stability to our veteran players as well as some of our dynamic young players. I'm excited to see what they can do right out of the gate."
Schram says matches against Washington & Lee and Rhodes in that first weekend are going to be key, and the third weekend offers a huge test against Transylvania.
"The first three weeks are going to be really tough," Schram said. "Instead of 'Let's gradually get better,' we're going to have to perform at the front end of the season."
October Road Tests
Berea and Covenant remain stand-alone midweek matches, which are perfect for neighboring rivals. But October has the Scots facing four straight weekend road trips.
Maryville on consecutive weekends goes to Macon, Georgia; LaGrange, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi; and then Montgomery, Alabama.
"It's great that Berea and Covenant are midweek matches, where we're not having to play them along with preparing for another team," Schram said. "The tri-matches are a lot to prepare for. And I expect both of those teams to be just as strong as ever. Healthy rivalries are always good.
"But we play the first two matches in all our road tri-matches. That's going to be a challenge after a long but ride, and that's where your veterans can play an important role."
The season begins Sept. 1 at home against Johnson.