Illinois advanced to the school’s first NCAA volleyball championship match with a win over USC in five sets (25-27, 25-18, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10). Illinois will face UCLA for the title on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. Relive an entire live blog at FightingIllini.com, check out their photo gallery, and find the entire updated interactive tournament bracket at NCAA.com. NCAA.com also has video highlights. You can also follow the Illinois volleyball team’s Twitter account @IlliniVball. Earlier, UCLA advanced to its first national championship match since 1994 with a sweep of Florida State in the other semifinal (25-16, 25-17,
BTN2Go, BTN and NET plan to offer live coverage of the five Big Ten teams that are hosting NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament action this weekend. Nebraska’s first-round match vs. Jackson State (tonight, 8 p.m. ET) and the potential second-round match vs. the winner of Kansas State/Wichita State (Friday, 8 p.m. ET) will be televised live by NET and streamed live on BTN2Go.com and Huskers.com. iPad and iPhone users with BTN2Go access will be able to watch the matches on those devices. BTN2Go will exclusively stream the first round matches for Penn State (vs. Liberty at 7:30 p.m. ET), Illinois (vs.
(BigTen,org) The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship, as eight conference teams have been selected to the tournament’s field of 64 for the second consecutive season. The eight chosen squads ties a conference record and gives the Big Ten the most tournament teams of any conference in the country. See the official NCAA.com bracket. Big Ten Champion Nebraska enters the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 3 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue, No. 8 Penn State and No. 13 Minnesota have earned top-16 seeds. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have also received
Purdue women’s volleyball team earns their 6th win of the season leading them to tie for 3rd place in the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday night against Illinois, 3-1 in four sets (25-21, 22-25, 24-26, 21-25). Star player, Ariel Turner helped lead the Boilermakers to another victory with 21 kills, 19 digs and 8 blocks. Watch the highlights of the game now. Read full recaps from FightingIllini.com and PurdueSports.com. Don’t forget to bookmark our Olympic Sports TV schedule, and our volleyball page so you don’t miss any upcoming action. You can also interact with our @BTNVolleyball crew on Twitter by
Illinois volleyball, coming off its first loss of the season against Nebraska, rebounded nicely with a four-set win (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25) over Wisconsin on Friday night. Watch now as Student U broadcaster Bryce Jakobs interviews Illini head coach Kevin Hambly following the win. Jump inside for coverage of the Minnesota-Northwestern match. Read full recaps from FightingIllini.com and UWBadgers.com. An upset in Evanston as Northwestern dropped Minnesota in straight sets, 25-23, 25-23 and 25-21. Watch highlights of the action from our Student U broadcast team. Read full recaps from NUSports.com and GopherSports.com.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball teams in action. The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (17-1, 10-0) made history Saturday night, overcoming No. 1 Illinois in a 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-19, 25-11) victory. With the win, the Huskers advance as the only undefeated team in Big Ten Conference play. Watch Nebraska head coach John Cook talk about the win now. Take a dive inside for an interview with Saturday’s top player Lauren Cook, plus much more from around the conference. Read the full recap at Huskers.com and FightingIllini.com. Nebraska’s Lauren Cook talks about defeating the
Wednesday was a busy night for Big Ten volleyball. Several of the conference’s top teams were in action including top-ranked Illinois who faced Northwestern. The Illini’s perfect season is still in tact following a straight set win over the Wildcats (25-19, 25-23, 25-19). Watch a Student U wrap-up of the action now and jump inside for more coverage of No. 4 Nebraska facing Iowa, Indiana’s visit to Purdue and much more. Read full recaps from FightingIllini.com and NUSports.com. The Huskers cruised to an easy three set win (14-25, 14-25, 11-25) over the Hawkeyes: Read full recaps from Huskers.com and HawkeyeSports.com.
No. 1 Illinois continued its winning ways on Wednesday, defeating No. 20 Michigan 3-1 (25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20) at Huff Hall. The Illini out-blocked the Wolverines 17-3, led by freshman Liz McMahon with 11 block assists. The Illini are now 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines fall to 14-5 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten. Illinois’ Michelle Bartsch registered 20 kills. Watch the highlights now and catch more volleyball action Friday on BTN.com. Read full recaps from FightingIllini.com and MGoBlue.com. Don’t forget to bookmark our Olympic Sports TV schedule, and our volleyball page so
Several Big Ten volleyball teams were in action on Friday night including the top-ranked Illini who remained undefeated by beating Indiana 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 14-25). Ninth-ranked Penn State earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) victory against conference foe Wisconsin. There was an upset in Columbus as No. 24 Ohio State beat tenth-ranked Minnesota in three sets (23-25, 20-25, 26-28). Meanwhile, the Michigan held off Iowa in a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-15, 25-17). Hear from Penn State’s Ariel Scott as she talks about the win and jump inside for much more volleyball video from our Student U crews. Read full
For the first time in program history, the Illinois volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Poll, released Monday. The Illini, who were No. 3 last week, received 55 of the 60 first-place votes after opening Big Ten play with a pair of wins to move to 13-0 on the season. No. 7 Nebraska, No. 9 Penn State, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 12 Purdue, No. 17 Michigan and No. 22 Ohio State also made the poll. Get more on the latest volleyball news every Monday on “The Women’s Sports Report.” Watch our interview with Illinois’ Colleen Ward now.