Raider Volleyball unveils 2022 schedule
DAYTON — The Wright State Volleyball Program and Freshman Head Coach green through released its 2022 schedule on Friday, a schedule that includes nine conference games inside McLin Gymnasium and a trio of games as part of the Tru by Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational in September.
The Raiders will make the short trip to Miami (OH) for their only exhibition game before the regular season, when they open with three straight tournament weekends on the road at hosts Marshall, Western Michigan and Iowa State. Wright State kicks off its home roster with the Tru by Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational on Sept. 15-17 with a trio of games, including a pair with Crosstown foe Dayton.
Horizon League play begins Sept. 23-24 as the Raiders hit the road to face Cleveland State and Oakland before the home League schedule begins a week later against Milwaukee (Sept. 30) and Green Bay (October 1st). Wright State’s longest road trip of the year takes place Oct. 4, 7, and 8, beginning with a midweek trek through northern Kentucky before weekend visits to Purdue Fort Wayne. and at the IUPUI.
The longest homestand of the year takes place on back-to-back weekends in mid-October as the Raiders host Robert Morris and Youngstown State (October 13-14) at McLin before continuing hosting duties next week with Oakland and Cleveland State (Oct. 21 & 22) at the start of the Horizon League second round. Visits to Green Bay and Milwaukee (October 28 and 29) wrap up in October before the final three regular-season home games begin in November while Northern Kentucky (November 1), IUPUI (November 4 ) and Purdue Fort Wayne (November 1). 5) come call. Wright State closes out the regular season with a pair of games at Robert Morris and Youngstown State (November 11 and 12).
The Horizon League Championship will take place November 18-20 at the regular season champion’s site. The Raiders and McLin Gymnasium assumed hosting duties for the 2019 and spring 2021 championships.
Last fall, the Raiders went 23-8 overall and 14-3 in the Horizon League under Allie Matters, which left the program in March. Green was hired as the eighth head coach in program history in April and inherits a team that has earned four Horizon League honors, led by Jenna’s story third straight HL Defensive Player of the Year. Ghosts Callie Martin and Lainey Stephenson have each been named to the Horizon League second team, along with the graduate Nyssa Baker.
Miami (OH) (August 20, Oxford, OH; exhibition)
– Miami (OH) finished the 2021 season 7-21 overall with a 5-13 mark in MAC play. This will be the second straight season the Raiders and RedHawks have met in an exhibition tune-up after Wright State had hosting duties last fall. The Raiders lead the all-time series 24-14 against the RedHawks, with the first meeting occurring in 1976. The last regular season meeting was in the 2015 season.
South Carolina State (August 26, Huntington, WV; season opener)
– South Carolina State is coming off an 0-24 season in 2021 and hasn’t won a game since Sept. 28, 2018, a 73-game streak. Dawn Barnes enters her second season as head coach in 2022 as the Raiders and Bulldogs meet for the first time in program history.
Evansville (August 26, Huntington, WV)
– Evansville finished 2021 with a 21-12 overall rating and a 9-9 record in Missouri Valley play, appearing in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship and winning two games before falling in the quarterfinals of final. The Raiders hold an 8-1 lead in the all-time series, with the first meeting in 1981 and the most recent in a tournament in August 2015.
Marshall (August 26, Huntington, West Virginia)
– The Thundering Herd finished last season with a 9-16 record overall and a 5-7 record at CUSA. The Raiders defeated Marshall in four sets last fall inside McLin Gym as part of the Tru by Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational and led the all-time series 10-4 entering the 2022 game.
West Michigan Tournament
North Dakota (September 2, Kalamazoo, MI)
– North Dakota finished 2021 with a 1-29 overall mark and an 0-18 record in the Summit League, with its only opening weekend victory against Seton Hall. North Dakota was also swept by HL foes Youngstown State and fell in five sets to Green Bay early in the tournament last season. This will be the first-ever meeting between Wright State and North Dakota.
Western Michigan (September 2, Kalamazoo, MI)
– Western Michigan is coming off a 19-12 season with an 11-7 record in MAC play and will meet the Raiders for the second straight season after the teams met in Lansing, MI last fall. Wright State and Western Michigan have met six times before, but only once before in Kalamazoo (September 2002).
Indiana State (September 3, Kalamazoo, MI)
– Indiana State was 18-13 last season with a 9-9 record in Missouri Valley action. The Raiders are 11-6 all-time against the Sycamores, with the last meeting taking place at the Wright State Invitational in September 2019, while the first game came back in 1975.
Cardinal & Gold Challenge
Iowa (September 9, Ames, IA)
– Iowa went 6-24 overall last season with a 4-16 mark in Big Ten play. The Raiders and Hawkeyes have met three times before, in 1993, 2004 and 2017, with the 1993 meeting taking place in Iowa in a tournament.
Drake (September 9, Ames, IA)
– Drake finished the 2021 season with an 11-15 overall record and a 6-12 mark in Missouri Valley action, earning a September victory over HL foe Green Bay. This will be the first ever meeting between the Raiders and the Bulldogs.
Iowa State (Sept. 9, Ames, IA)
– A season ago, Iowa State went 16-12 overall with an 8-8 mark in Big 12 action, falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first time the Raiders and Cyclones have met in program history.
Tru by Hilton Dayton Beavercreek Invitational
Dayton (September 15 and 17, McLin Gym)
– Dayton finished 2021 with a 26-6 overall record and a 16-0 rating in the A-10 game, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Raiders and Flyers have met 58 times before, including back-to-back five-set thrillers, inside McLin Gym in February 2021 and a Raider comeback win last fall at Frericks Center. Wright State holds an all-time record of 28-31 in the series dating back to 1973.
Wichita State (Sept. 17, McLin Gym)
– Wichita State finished 19-10 overall with a 13-7 mark in The American last fall. The Raiders and Shockers have never met before, and Wichita State’s most recent meeting with a Horizon League opponent was IUPUI in 2017.
Cleveland State (Sept. 23, Cleveland, OH / Oct. 22, McLin Gym)
– Cleveland State was 8-20 overall with a 6-11 mark in Horizon League play last season. The Raiders won both meetings last fall and have won six straight in the series while holding a 39-37 all-time lead.
Oakland (Sept. 24, Rochester, MI / Oct. 21, McLin Gym)
– Oakland finished 2021 with a 15-15 overall record and a 9-9 mark in Horizon League play. The Raiders won both meetings last fall and have won six in a row in the series and lead the all-time series 16-12.
Milwaukee (September 30, McLin Gym / October 29, Milwaukee, WI)
– Milwaukee was 22-9 overall in 2021, going 16-2 in HL play. Wright State and Milwaukee split the two meetings last fall, each winning on their home turf, with the Raiders winning four of the last five meetings overall.
Green Bay (October 1, McLin Gym / October 28, Green Bay, WI)
– Green Bay was 15-16 overall and 10-8 at the Horizon last year, with the Raiders winning both meetings. Wright State leads the all-time series 35-31 and has won the last five meetings.
Northern Kentucky (October 4, Highland Heights, KY / November 1, McLin Gym)
– Northern Kentucky was 20-8 overall and 15-2 in the Horizon League last fall. Both the Raiders and Norse picked up five-set road victories during the regular season before a third in five sets in the Horizon League Championship semi-finals last November. The teams have struggled for the past four seasons, with the Raiders holding a slight 6-5 advantage in recent history.
Purdue Fort Wayne (October 7, Fort Wayne, IN / November 5, McLin Gym)
– Purdue Fort Wayne finished 8-23 overall and 6-12 in the LH last fall. Wright State has won all three meetings since the Mastodons joined the League and the Raiders hold an all-time 13-10 advantage and have won the last five meetings dating back to the last non-conference meetings.
IUPUI (October 8, Indianapolis, IN / November 4, McLin Gym)
– IUPUI finished 2021 with a 5-24 overall record and a 3-15 Horizon League game rating. The Raiders won both meetings last fall and have won eight in a row in the series dating back to 2018 and hold a 13-8 series lead.
Robert Morris (October 13, McLin Gym / November 11, Moon Township, Pennsylvania)
– Robert Morris finished 9-21 overall with a 2-16 mark in League play in 2021. Wright State swept the lone game last fall and has now won all six games time, including the first three encounters as Horizon League enemies.
Youngstown State (October 14, McLin Gym / November 12, Youngstown, OH)
– Youngstown State was 6-23 overall and 3-15 in HL play last fall, with the Raiders sweeping the only game in early October. Wright State leads the all-time series 39-12 with the first meeting dating back to 1977.