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B1G women's volleyball schedule announced

The BTN will feature one Maryland volleyball match in 2014. The Big Ten Network will make its lone volleyball visit College Park on October 21 when the Terps host Rutgers.

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The Big Ten Network released its 2014 women's volleyball broadcast schedule Monday afternoon. The network, together with ESPN2 and ESPN3 will air a total of 27 contests. While the BTN showed Maryland soccer and field hockey plenty of love and respect with regard to the number of games that will feature the Terrapins, the same cannot be said for the volleyball squad. Of course, respect must be earned so it's not surprising that Maryland's only appearance Will Likely come when the Terps face Rutgers in College Park on October 21. Not coincidentally, this will probably be Rutgers' only appearance as well.

I've added the qualifier because the BTN has four wild card dates and the Terps have games scheduled on each of those dates. If Maryland has surprised some folks and is playing better than expected, or if there is a logjam in the middle of the conference standings, then two of these matches not currently on either schedule  - November 1 against Nebraska and November 8 at Penn State have broadcast potential. The remaining wild card dates are October 31 and November 12. Both of those matches - versus Iowa and at Purdue - have been slotted for BTN Plus. It is possible that one or the other could upgrade to the network's broadcast slot.

Supplementing the 27 games on the national network, the B1G plans to air a minimum of 82 additional games on the Big Ten's streaming and mobile platform,  BTN Plus. This part of the Big Ten Network will stream 13 of Maryland's 20 conference contests. Here is the schedule of Terrapins games that will stream on BTN Plus:

Sep. 26                 Maryland at Illinois                       BTN Plus

Oct. 3                    Indiana at Maryland                      BTN Plus

Oct. 10                 Maryland at Minnesota                BTN Plus

Oct. 12                 Maryland at Wisconsin                BTN Plus

Oct. 17                 Michigan State at Maryland        BTN Plus

Oct. 31                 Iowa at Maryland BTN Plus

Nov. 7                   Maryland at Ohio State                 BTN Plus

Nov. 12                Maryland at Purdue                       BTN Plus

Nov. 16                Maryland at Nebraska                  BTN Plus

Nov. 19                Minnesota at Maryland                BTN Plus

Nov. 22                Penn State at Maryland                BTN Plus

Nov. 26                Iowa at Maryland                       BTN Plus

Nov. 29                Northwestern at Maryland         BTN Plus

And, for the hard core volleyball fans among you, here is the complete BTN national schedule:

2014 VOLLEYBALL COVERAGE SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

DATE                           TIME                      MATCHUP                        AIRING                 TV

Saturday, Aug. 30             8 p.m. Louisville at Minnesota                      (LIVE)                    BTN

Sunday, Aug. 31                1 p.m. Stanford at Nebraska                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Friday, Sept. 5                   7 p.m. North Carolina at Michigan State               (LIVE)                    BTN

Saturday, Sept. 20           7 p.m. Notre Dame at Purdue                         (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Sept. 24     7:30 p.m. Penn State at Wisconsin                      (LIVE)                    BTN

Friday, Sept. 26                 8 p.m. Michigan State at Indiana                        (LIVE)                    BTN

Saturday, Sept. 27           8 p.m. Penn State at Minnesota                      (LIVE)                    ESPN3

Tuesday, Sept. 30            8 p.m. Michigan State at Michigan                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Oct. 1          7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Illinois                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Friday, Oct. 3                      8 p.m. Penn State at Nebraska                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Oct. 8          7:30 p.m. Northwestern at Penn State                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Friday, Oct. 10                   8 p.m. Nebraska at Michigan State                         (LIVE)                    BTN

Saturday, Oct. 11 TBD                        Northwestern at Ohio State                        (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Oct. 15       7 p.m. Wisconsin at Minnesota                      (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Oct. 15       9 p.m. Illinois at Iowa                           (LIVE)                    BTN

Friday, Oct. 17                   8 p.m. Penn State at Purdue                         (LIVE)                    BTN

Saturday, Oct. 18              4 p.m. Illinois at Nebraska                       (LIVE)                    ESPN3

Tuesday, Oct. 21               8 p.m. Rutgers at Maryland                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Oct. 22       7:30 p.m. Nebraska at Minnesota                      (LIVE)                    BTN

Friday, Oct. 24                   7 p.m. Michigan at Penn State                          (LIVE)                    BTN

Saturday, Oct. 25              6 p.m. Purdue at Illinois                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Sunday, Oct. 26                 5 p.m. Nebraska at Wisconsin                      (LIVE)                    ESPN2

Tuesday, Oct. 28               8 p.m. Ohio State at Penn State                          (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Oct. 29       7:30 p.m. Wisconsin at Purdue                         (LIVE)                    BTN

Wednesday, Nov. 5        7:30 p.m. Purdue at Nebraska                       (LIVE)                    BTN

Saturday, Nov. 29            7 p.m. Nebraska at Penn State                          (LIVE)                    BTN