Defending NCAA Champion Nebraska was unanimously chosen as the Big Ten Conference favorite for the 2016 volleyball season, as voted on by the conference’s 14 head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday. After claiming their fourth national title last season, the Cornhuskers top the preseason poll for the first time since 2012. NCAA semifinalist and defending Big Ten Champion Minnesota was picked to finish second, while Wisconsin was tabbed third. Penn State was voted to finish fourth, while Illinois rounded out the top five of the preseason poll in fifth place. View the full preseason poll and All-Big Ten Team
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If you’re a subscriber on BTN Plus, you know that BTN Student U is the leading production branch of BTN’s Big Ten Olympic Sports coverage. These crews produce more than 1,000 live events each year. Student U cultivates real world experience for more than 500 students per year with events that stream live on BTN2Go or air on delay on BTN. Our team went ahead and compiled some of the best moments from 2015-2016. Have a look in the video above. BTN Plus programming includes non-televised games and events like these on BTN2Go with a purchase of a BTN Plus subscription.
The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Tuesday, with standouts from Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin earning individual recognition following the conclusion of the 2015 regular season. Nine Big Ten teams will be competing in the NCAA tourney, starting Thursday. Read more about the tourney here. See the complete complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and Sportsmanship Award honorees below: PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Daly Santana, MINN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justine Wong-Orantes, NEB SETTER OF THE YEAR: Lauren Carlini, WIS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA):
Nine Big Ten teams have been selected to the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, it was announced Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten champion Minnesota enters the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 4 Nebraska, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State and No. 12 Ohio State also earned top-16 seeds. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue also received at-large bids to the national tournament. The Big Ten’s nine teams are more than any other conference, as the Pac-12 and Big 12 have seven and five, respectively. After winning its second
The days of the regular season are dwindling in Big Ten volleyball and it is time to take a look at the NCAA tournament hopes of the nation’s premiere volleyball conference. One team that is a certainty for this year’s postseason is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1998 last season, Minnesota is poised to win its first conference title since 2002. Hugh McCutcheon’s team avenged its only conference loss last weekend with a straight set sweep of then No. 1 Penn State in overwhelming fashion. It was Minnesota’s first win
What a night of Big Ten volleyball action! BTN’s first-ever B1G Volleyball Extravaganza took place on Wednesday night, and it was a giant success. All 14 Big Ten teams were in action in seven matches over the course of three hours on BTN. Big Ten fans were treated to some outstanding points, and we made it a point to capture the best of the best. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday night’s B1G Volleyball Extravaganza. Enjoy! Nebraska comes back to top Michigan State on this match point Minnesota takes a commanding 2-0 lead over Northwestern Ohio
Tonight, we break new ground on the Big Ten Network with the first ever B1G Volleyball Extravaganza. All 14 teams will be playing on one night in seven matches over the course of three hours of whip-around coverage on our air. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out the latest AVCA poll ] Every team has something at stake, and the matches tonight could impact the postseason hopes of several Big Ten members. Before the Extravaganza begins, here is a preview of all seven matches you can watch on BTN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET and
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on
BTN volleyball announcer Mike Wolf is back with his weekly Big Ten Volleyball Report on BTN.com this season. It was a wild opening week of conference play so let's take a quick look back before we preview three big matches coming up.