Big Ten coaches voted defending Big Ten champion Nebraska as the conference favorite for the 2012 season, it was announced Thursday. Earning the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship last season, the Huskers top the poll for the first time as members of the Big Ten. [BigTen.org: Nebraska selected preseason favorite by coaches] Penn State and Purdue, which finished tied for second in the Big Ten in 2011, were voted to finish second and third this season, respectively. Minnesota, who finished fifth last season, was selected to finish fourth this year, while Illinois, which also finished 2011 tied for
CHICAGO – BTN will televise more volleyball this season than ever before, with at least 50 matches set to air on BTN. The season begins with defending Big Ten Champion Nebraska hosting 2011 National Champion UCLA and Stanford at Penn State in the season’s first two weeks. The games will also be available at BTN2Go. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 19, with Nebraska at Penn State, BTN’s fall lineup will feature a match every Wednesday and Friday evenings through the beginning of November. Also built into the schedule are at least two wildcard dates in November, allowing BTN to select the most
The No. 2 Nebraska Volleyball team (21-2, 14-1) swept the Indiana Hoosiers, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) at University Gym Friday night. Watch now as Big Ten Student U talks with Nebraska head coach John Cook after that game. Dive inside for coverage of the Ohio State-Penn State match-up. Read full recaps from Huskers.com and IUHoosiers.com. In what is sure to go down as one of the most memorable matches of the season, Northwestern prevailed in a frenzied five-set thriller at Welsh-Ryan Arena against the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 27-27, 15-13), on Friday night. Read full
Michigan State women’s volleyball team earns their 6th win of the Big Ten Conference season on Wednesday night against Indiana Hoosiers, 3-1. The Spartans came out firing on all cylinders, taking the first set 25-19. The Big Ten leaders in hitting percentage, Michigan State hit .387 in the first set, led by Jenilee Rathje and Alexis Mathews who combined for 11 kills on 13 swings. Indiana (8-15, 0-11) fell in four sets to Michigan State (17-6, 6-5) in five sets (19-25, 25-21, 15-25, 22-25). Watch the highlights of the game now. Read full recaps from MSUSpartans.com and IUHoosiers.com. Don’t forget
Indiana Volleyball (8-14, 0-10) fell in four sets to Wisconsin (13-9, 5-5) in five sets (25-20, 18-25, 18-25, 19-25). IU got 16 kills from Ivie Obiemeand five service aces from Caitlin Cox. On her first serve of the night, Cox became the 15th Hoosier all-time to record 100+ service aces. Watch now as Wisconsin’s Courtney Thomas talks about the win. Read full recaps from UWBadgers.com and IUHoosiers.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 submitting questions.
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.
The weekend saw several of the conference’s soccer and volleyball teams in action. The 18th-ranked Indiana men’s soccer team rallied from a 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals from Eriq Zavaleta, Alec Purdie and Nikita Kotlov in a 4-1 victory at Michigan on Saturday night. Watch the highlights now. Moving to volleyball, Nebraska won a five-set thriller over Minnesota, 3-2, on Saturday night at Williams Arena. Dive inside for highlights of that game, plus much more from around the conference. Nebraska at Minnesota Highlights: Megan Bower and Mike Wolf wrap up the Iowa versus Wisconsin match-up after the Badgers take
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
The Michigan State volleyball team (12-2, 1-1 Big Ten) posted its first win of conference play with a 3-1 (15-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-18) victory over Indiana (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten) on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Bloomington, Ind. The win snapped MSU’s road losing streak against Indiana as it tallied its first win over the Hoosiers on the road since Oct. 12, 2007. Senior Kyndra Abron paced the team with 15 kills on the night. Watch as coach Cathy George talks about the win. Read full recaps from MSUSpartans.com and IUHoosiers.com. Don’t forget to follow @BTNVolleyball on Twitter and visit our
With eleven Big Ten teams earning preseason recognition in the first AVCA coaches’ poll, it’s going to be another competitive season. The Big Ten’s eight top-25 teams is the most for any conference in the country. Defending NCAA Champion Penn State earned the preseason #1 ranking, followed by Nebraska at #5, Illinois at #8, Minnesota at #12, Purdue at #13, Ohio State at #21 and Michigan at #24. Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern and Wisconsin each also received votes in the preseason poll. Watch now as Kara Lentz takes a look at each Big Ten team heading into the 2011 volleyball season.