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).
The difference 48 hours can make is striking. Late Friday night, Nebraska’s Big Ten Title chances seemed distant and the message boards were offering scenario after unlikely scenario for why the No. 4 Huskers had fallen to No. 20 Ohio State in four sets. On Alumni Night in front of more than 60 former Husker players, Nebraska saw their 39-match regular season home winning streak come to an end in part because of a tentative effort by the home team and a season-defining display by the visitors. Sunday’s match was the one billed as potentially disrupting a perfect final season
With the conclusion of the first half of the Big Ten volleyball season upon us, separation amongst the contenders is clear. The two teams that were anticipated to be above the rest have shown it with No. 1 Penn State and No. 4 Nebraska holding the top two spots in the standings through eight matches. A lot of volleyball remains to be played but with the Nittany Lions and the Huskers both defeating the two next closest teams in the standings (Minnesota and Purdue) in convincing fashion, but for the moment the only Big Ten programs to win a national
Michigan’s women’s volleyball team wins in straight sets with the upset victory over Illinois, 3-0, in Ann Arbor on Wednesday night. Watch highlights of the Michigan and Illinois match-up now and jump inside for the Ohio State and Bowling Green men’s soccer game video coverage. In men’s soccer action, Ohio State beat Bowling Green 2-0 and improve to 5-7-1 on the year.
A week ago I asked, where are the upsets in Big Ten volleyball? For a conference with parity from top to bottom it had been an almost as expected start to 2012. Week 3 put that thought to shambles, as one shocking upset and several near misses gave Big Ten volleyball fans the most baffling weekend of the season thus far. Fifth set shocker at Huff The Illini had the top-ranked Nittany Lions gasping for air (see the latest rankings at AVCA.org). With match point and a 14-10 lead in the fifth set on Saturday night at Huff Hall, Illinois was
The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball program came from behind to defeat No. 25 Michigan State in five sets Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers (14-3 overall) trailed 2-1 and came back to win the fourth and fifth sets to improve to 5-1 in the Big Ten Conference. Read full recaps at GopherSports.com and MSUSpartans.com. Watch Minnesota’s Katherine Harms interview now. The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 24-26, 18-16) victory against No. 21 Illinois (8-8, 2-4 Big Ten). This was Penn State’s first win
The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (14-1, 4-0 Big Ten) earned a 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-20) win against No. 10 Minnesota (23-3, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday night. Read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch the Penn State and Minnesota Student-U wrap-up now and dive inside for highlights of the Purdue and Illinois meeting. The 13th ranked Purdue Boilermakers beat the 21st ranked Fighting Illini, 3-2, in five sets on Saturday night:
Taylor Wodnick tallied a goal in the eighth minute to lift Minnesota past Michigan State, 1-0. The victory is the Gophers’ first Big Ten win of the season. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch the Minnesota and Michigan State highlights now and dive inside for more of our Sunday Olympic sports video. Purdue women’s soccer received an equalizing goal early in the second half from Hadley Stuart, but Iowa responded with two more scores and defeated the Boilermakers, 3-2, Sunday afternoon. Read the full recap at PurdueSports.com. Big Ten Student U talks with Iowa’s Dana Dalrymple after their 3-2