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Volleyball Report: Five-setter here, five-setter there

“The margin for error in our conference is as thin as it has ever been.” Michigan head coach Mark Rosen made that statement heading into last Saturday night, a night that may have represented a first in Big Ten women’s volleyball. All 12 teams were in action, and at the end of the evening, all but two would play nerve-racking 5-set matches. Five-setters in a conference as strong as the Big Ten have been commonplace over the league’s history, but for one day to feature nearly every team in a race to 15 points, it could mark the beginning of

Video: Check out these Big Ten volleyball kills

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

Volleyball Report: Buckle up for wild Big Ten season

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

Penn State voted preseason B1G volleyball favorite

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

BTN/BTN2Go announces 2013 volleyball coverage

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

Four teams advance at NCAA tourney

Six Big Ten women’s volleyball teams advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and all six played Friday night. Both Penn State and Nebraska swept their opponents to advance to Saturday’s round while Minnesota and Michigan moved on by defeating Big Ten foes Purdue and Michigan State , respectively. Penn State 3, Kentucky 0: No. 1 Penn State (32-2) earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-12) win against No. 16 seed Kentucky (22-11) in the NCAA Regional Semifinal hosted by Purdue University. The Nittany Lions play in the regional championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET against No.

Volleyball Report: 7 teams enter tourney

Seven Big Ten teams are headed to the postseason, tied for the most of any conference in the country. Three teams will host first and second round play this weekend including the number one overall seed, the Penn State Nittany Lions. It has been a grueling schedule for every conference team and now we get a chance to see if the parity of the Big Ten has prepared these squads to make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. No. 1 seed Penn State vs. Binghamton, Fri. Nov. 30 Rec Hall, University Park, Pa.  The Nittany Lions closed out the regular season with two

Field Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer Video Roundup

A lot of action around the Big Ten on Friday starting with an afternoon field hockey game. Aisling Naughton knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime as Michigan field hockey beat Michigan State, 3-2. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from around the conference. Penn State volleyball improved to 7-0 in conference play as they defeated Purdue in straight sets. Ohio State got their fourth win in a row improving to 14-5 on the season as they defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in four sets. Minnesota volleyball defeated Iowa in four sets improving to

Penn State secures 5-2 victory over Indiana

No. 4 Penn State (12-2-0, 6-0-0) used three goals in a six-minute span to secure a 5-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday at Jeffrey Field. With the game tied at two, freshman Mallory Weber scored two goals in two minutes to put the Nittany Lions ahead for good. Read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch our interview with Kristin Hartmann, who announced her retirement, now, and jump inside for more of Sunday’s Olympic video coverage. Big Ten Student U talks with Penn State head coach, Erica Walsh after their 5-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday: The Buckeyes fell 2-1 against

Minnesota Defeats Michigan State, 2-1

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