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Coaches pick Nebraska to win 2012 volleyball title

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

BTN Announces 2012 Women's Volleyball Coverage

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

Purdue Beats the Hawkeyes, 3-2

The University of Iowa volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to 10th-ranked Purdue Thursday night inside Halloway Gym (22-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15, 15-6). Iowa threatened to sweep the Boilermakers, grabbing leads of 8-5 and 14-13 in the third frame, but Purdue ran away from a 15-15 tie with 10 straight points to win set three, 25-15. The Boilermakers then built an early 10-3 advantage in the fourth set and eventually held on for another 25-15 decision to force a decisive set five. Watch the Student U wrap-up now and jump inside for more coverage of the Iowa-Purdue match-up. Big Ten

Friday Volleyball Roundup

The Michigan State volleyball team (18-7, 7-6 Big Ten) swept past Iowa (11-15, 1-12 Big Ten), 3-0, on Friday, Nov. 4 in Iowa City, Iowa, to open the first of four straight road contests. For MSU, seniors Jenilee Rathje and Kyndra Abron, and sophomore Alexis Mathewseach tallied double-digit kill numbers against the Hawkeyes. Watch the highlights of that game now. Dive inside for coverage of the Michigan-Nebraska and Penn State-Minnesota match-ups. Read full recaps from MSUSpartans.com and HawkeyeSports.com. The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team had four players in double-figure kills and won the first set but dropped the

Weekend Olympic Sports Roundup

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 Volleyball Roundup

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.

Weekend Olympic Sports Roundup

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

Saturday Night Volleyball Round-Up

The ninth-ranked Nittany Lions out-blocked 10th-ranked Minnesota on their way to a 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-15) sweep on Saturday. Penn State improved to 10-4 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten action, while Minnesota dropped to 8-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Watch the Minnesota-Penn State highlights here and dive inside for a Student U wrap-up of Michigan State’s 3-0 win over Iowa. Read full recaps at GoPSUSports.com, GopherSports.com, HawkeyeSports.com and MSUSpartans.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

Friday Night Volleyball Round-up

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

Ohio State Beats the Iowa Hawkeyes

The 24th ranked Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-3) earned a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18) victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday night.  After losing the first set, outside hitters Emily Danks and Mari Hole overwhelmed Iowa with their balanced attacks and took back the next three sets. Read full recaps from OhioStateBuckeyes.com and HawkeyeSports.com. Our Big Ten Student U crew interviewed Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston to talk about the win and what he said to help make the  turn around after losing  the first set. Watch interview here.