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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

Michigan, Penn State fall at NCAA tourney

Michigan fell to No. 3 seed Texas, 3-2, in the first semifinal of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament tonight, then top-seeded Penn State was upset by Oregon, 3-1, in the second semifinal. Texas and Oregon advance to Saturday’s championship. Kara Lentz and Michelle McMahon wrap-up the action for BTN with more video coverage inside this post. Texas 3, Michigan 2: Junior Lexi Erwin had 26 kills on 87 swings, and Michigan (27-11)  won sets two and three against Texas (28-4), but the Longhorns had a strong start and finish in the fifth and deciding set to win in front of 13,385

Michigan, Penn State take aim at NCAA title berths

The Big Ten landed two schools in the Final Four of the 2012 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, as Michigan takes on No. 3 seed Texas at 7 p.m. ET before top seed and Big Ten champion Penn State faces No. 5 seed Oregon at 9 p.m. In the video preview in this post, BTN’s Kara Lentz and Michelle McMahon take a close look at both Big Ten squads. Here’s a great place to track Thursday’s events live: NCAA.com’s interactive tournament bracket. For Penn State, it owns a 1-1 all-time record against the Ducks, who beat the Nittany Lions to open the 2011

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

Gophers, Wildcats both win in volleyball

In volleyball action on Friday night, Minnesota beat Nebraska in five sets (12-25, 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 19-21). The Gophers win puts them in a tie with Nebraska for second place in the Big Ten. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for more volleyball action and a BTN original video feature on Nebraska’s famed Coliseum. ‘Farewell to the Coliseum’ Northwestern volleyball beat Michigan in four sets.

Michigan Field Hockey Upsets Iowa, 2-1

The No. 14-ranked Michigan field hockey team extended its winning streak to five straight games with a 2-1 upset victory at No. 12 Iowa on Friday afternoon. Watch the highlights now and jump inside for women’s soccer and volleyball action from around the conference. In soccer action, the Golden Gophers closed out the regular season with a victory beating the Cornhuskers 4-2. The Minnesota volleyball team defended its home court as they defeated Northwestern in straight sets and improve to 18-4 on the season. Kierra Jones had 11 kills to lead the way for No. 21 Purdue as they swept

Volleyball Report: Huskers, Nittany Lions stay on top

With the conclusion of the first half of the Big Ten volleyball season upon us, separation amongst the contenders is clear. The two teams that were anticipated to be above the rest have shown it with No. 1 Penn State and No. 4 Nebraska holding the top two spots in the standings through eight matches. A lot of volleyball remains to be played but with the Nittany Lions and the Huskers both defeating the two next closest teams in the standings (Minnesota and Purdue) in convincing fashion, but for the moment the only Big Ten programs to win a national