IU volleyball fans will have their first look at “The New IU” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 for the team's annual Cream and Crimson scrimmage.
Along with the team, it will also be the first opportunity for fans to get a look at the man behind the motto, Coach Steve Aird.
Aird took over for former coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan last December. The scrimmage will be the only real look fans will get before the season starts, as the Hoosiers will play 11-straight road games to open the season.
Fans will have to hold off on getting a look at the new home to the team, Wilkinson Hall, as the scrimmage will take place at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
To continue with the theme of firsts, fans will also get a glance at an incoming freshman class with high expectations. The 2018 signing class was given the title of “Highest Honorable Mention” from PrepVolleyball.com.
The incoming class includes Lexi Johnson and Breanna Edwards, both of whom earned Senior Ace recognition from PrepVolleyball. The third member of the class, Abigail Westenhofer, was a First Team All-State honoree in Kentucky.
The scrimmage will also include some familiar faces, as six players who played more than 100 sets last season will be returning in 2019.
Following the scrimmage, the team will have less than a week to prepare for its first regular season match at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Aug. 24.