Reigning NCAA champ PSU picked as Big Ten favorite

Penn State Volleyball

Defending NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2014 volleyball season, as voted on by the Big Ten coaches. After claiming their sixth national title last season, the Nittany Lions top the preseason poll for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

Nebraska, which finished second in the Big Ten last season, was picked to finish second in 2014. After appearing in the NCAA championship match last season, Wisconsin was selected third this season, while Illinois was picked fourth in the voting. Purdue rounded out the top five in the preseason poll.

2014 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1. Penn State
2. Nebraska
3. Wisconsin
4. Illinois
5. Purdue
6. Michigan State
7. Minnesota
8. Michigan
9. Ohio State
10. Northwestern
11. Iowa
12. Indiana
13. Maryland
14. Rutgers

2014 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM*

Name School Position                Hometown
JOCELYNN BIRKS (2) Illinois Outside Hitter Willow Springs, Ill.
Liz McMahon (3) Illinois Opposite Side Hitter Liberty Township, Ohio
Lexi Dannemiller (2) Michigan Setter West Chester, Ohio
KORI MOSTER Michigan State Libero Cincinnati, Ohio
Adrianna Nora Minnesota Middle Blocker/Opposite Side Hitter Stillwater, Minn.
Hannah Tapp Minnesota Middle Blocker Stewartville, Minn.
Mary Pollmiller Nebraska Setter Littleton, Colo.
KADIE ROLFZEN Nebraska Outside Hitter Papillion, Neb.
Megan Courtney (2) Penn State Setter/Outside Hitter Dayton, Ohio
Nia Grant Penn State Outside Hitter Warren, Ohio
MICHA HANCOCK (2) Penn State Setter Edmond, Okla.
KiKi Jones Purdue Middle Blocker Fishers, Ind.
VAL NICHOL Purdue Setter/Outside Hitter Normal, Ill.
LAUREN CARLINI Wisconsin Setter Aurora, Ill.
Ellen Chapman Wisconsin Outside Hitter Glenview, Ill.

*Additional honoree due to tie

UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS

(2)  Two-time selection

(3)  Three-time selection

 

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