Through 10 matches of the Big Ten season, the nation’s deepest and most decorated conference has lived up to its billing. Upsets have been plentiful, top 15 matchups are the norm and contenders have emerged from the pack. The standings have rarely looked the same on any given week, and early-season surprises have struggled to endure the grind of the league. With five weeks remaining before the postseason, here are the early contenders to take home the Big Ten hardware come December. Midseason Player of the Year: Kelsey Robinson, OH (NEB) It’s hard to argue against Robinson at this point
A week ago, the Big Ten witnessed an unprecedented five out of six matches reach five sets in one night. The plethora of extended matches indicated the strength of the conference but still seemed rare enough to not be duplicated in the short term. Flash-forward to last Friday, and the count had reached nine of the last 11 matches, and seemed likely to be pushed to 10 of 12. Purdue’s fourth-set comeback against Illinois halted another night where all but one match went the distance, but it reiterated the evaporation of a talent gap in the league. Out of 36
The 2013-14 Big Ten volleyball TV and streaming schedule is below. The games will also be available at BTN2Go. Fans can also follow the entire season on Twitter (@BTNVolleyball). Find schedule for all Big Ten Digital Network web-streaming events Date Visiting Team Home Team Time 9/25/13 Indiana Minnesota 7:30 PM 9/27/13 Michigan Ohio State 8:00 PM 9/28/13 Nebraska Illinois 5:00 PM 9/28/13 Michigan Penn State 7:30 PM 10/2/13 Wisconsin Iowa 7:30 PM 10/4/13 Minnesota Nebraska 8:00 PM 10/5/13 Illinois Michigan TBD 10/9/13 Minnesota Penn State 7:30 PM 10/12/13 Northwestern Purdue TBD 10/16/13 Ohio State Northwestern 7:30 PM 10/18/13 Penn State
Check out all the big kills, spikes and digs from Big Ten volleyball teams this past week. We’ll do the same thing every week, so come back each Tuesday for all the best highlights. The 2013-14 Big Ten volleyball TV and streaming schedule is below. The games will also be available at BTN2Go. Fans can also follow the entire season on Twitter (@BTNVolleyball). Find schedule for all Big Ten Digital Network web-streaming events Date Visiting Team Home Team Time 9/25/13 Indiana Minnesota 7:30 PM 9/27/13 Michigan Ohio State 8:00 PM 9/28/13 Nebraska Illinois 5:00 PM 9/28/13 Michigan Penn State 7:30
Conversations with Big Ten coaches have had one common theme heading into the start of conference play: No one has any idea where his/her team, or any of their fellow members, will end up in the title race come the end of November. The Big Ten has been the strongest conference in the nation over the past few seasons, but in a year that has witnessed the league set a new NCAA record for teams in the Top 25 (9), the Big Ten’s coaches are hesitant to make any predictions. Two Final Four teams entered 2013 with the majority of
Defending Big Ten champion Penn State was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2013 season, as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, it was announced Friday. Earning the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship last season, the Nittany Lions top the poll for the eighth time in the last nine seasons. Minnesota, which finished tied for second in the Big Ten in 2012, was voted to finish second this season. Michigan, which advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season, was selected to finish third this year, while Nebraska, which also finished the 2012 conference season tied for
CHICAGO – BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2013 Big Ten volleyball season, with more than 70 matches set to air on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN). BTN’s volleyball lineup will feature a match on most Wednesday and Friday evenings through the beginning of November. All games will also be available on BTN2Go. Television coverage begins Wednesday, Sept. 25, when Indiana visits 2012 NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist Minnesota. Michigan will then face Ohio State on Friday, Sept. 27, followed by a doubleheader Saturday, Sept. 28, featuring Nebraska at Illinois and Michigan at reigning Big Ten champion Penn
The second-ranked Penn State volleyball team, led by Ariel Scott and Deja McClendon, improved to 24-2 overall and 14-1 in the Big Ten with a straight set win over Illinois on Thursday night.
There is little doubt that the Big Ten has the most passionate and largest fan bases of any conference in the nation. Six of the top ten teams nationally in average attendance this season reside in the Big Ten, including four of the top five. Nebraska has the most dedicated fan base in the country with 175 consecutive sell outs of the NU Coliseum, the longest sell-out streak of any women’s collegiate sport. The conference’s two most successful programs, Nebraska and Penn State, draw the largest attendance numbers and create two of the best environments for volleyball you could hope
The Purdue women’s volleyball team gets a five set win on the road over Illinois, 3-2 (26-24, 20-25,21-25,25-20,15-9).