Four Big Ten volleyball teams advanced to the NCAA regional finals Friday night. Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin all recorded Sweet 16 victories, with the Nittany Lions downing Michigan State and Purdue sweeping Illinois. Minnesota fell to Stanford. Catch up on all the action in this post.
NEBRASKA 3, SAN DIEGO 0 | RECAP
The eighth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team posted its third straight postseason sweep on Friday, topping No. 9 San Diego in straight sets in an NCAA Regional Semifinal in front of 8,297 fans at the Devaney Center. The Huskers never trailed by more than three at any point in the match.
PENN STATE 3, MICHIGAN STATE 1 | RECAP
Led by three double-digit kill performances, the No. 2 Penn State women’s volleyball team (31-2) rallied from behind to defeat Michigan State (23-12) in four sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23) Friday evening in Memorial Coliseum. With the victory, the Nittany Lions extend their winning streak to 22 consecutive matches and advance to the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament.
PURDUE 3, ILLINOIS 0 | RECAP
The No. 19 Purdue volleyball team earned its first Elite Eight berth since 2010 with a 3-0 sweep over host Illinois at the State Farm Center Friday night. The Boilermakers won the match 28-26, 25-20, 25-19 as six players put down four or more kills and the Boilers outblocked the Illini 11-4.5.
WISCONSIN 3, FLORIDA STATE 1 | RECAP
For the first time since 2005, the Wisconsin volleyball team has advanced to play in an NCAA regional final. The 12th-seeded Badgers continue on with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 win over Florida State on Friday night at the State Farm Center. Wisconsin (26-9) will advance to the regional final and play Purdue in the Elite Eight on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
STANFORD 3, MINNESOTA 0 | RECAP
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball team fell in three sets to Stanford, tonight in the NCAA Regional Semifinal in Lexington, Ky. The loss ends the Golden Gophers’ season as it finished, 29-7 overall this year. Minnesota was led by Ashley Wittman, who had 17 kills and 43 attempts