Maryland volleyball announces it will go on European tour in summer 2020

The Maryland volleyball team huddles during its 3-0 loss to Michigan on Oct. 4, 2019 at Xfinity Center Pavilion. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Maryland volleyball will take part in a European tour this summer that includes stops in four countries, the program announced Monday.

In June, the Terps will embark on an 11-day trip to the Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, with coach Adam Hughes looking for his team to experience the game of volleyball on an international stage. Hughes has taken part in foreign tours before, but only a handful of Terps have had the chance to play overseas.

“Looking back on my previous foreign tours, there’s nothing like the experience that transpires from the trip,” Hughes said in a release. “The togetherness, the embracing the unknown, and the organic experiences that are cultivated are some of the unlimited benefits of the trip.”

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Among the Maryland players who have competed on international tours before are middle blockers Katie Myers and Jada Gardner and outside hitter Erika Pritchard. Myers competed on the U.S. Collegiate National Team, and Gardner and Pritchard participated in the Big Ten Foreign Tour in Japan this past summer.

The Terps plan on starting the trip in Amsterdam, before heading to Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, with matches scheduled against various squads — including the Italian Federation Team — along the way.

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