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
BTN2Go, BTN and NET plan to offer live coverage of the five Big Ten teams that are hosting NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament action this weekend. Nebraska’s first-round match vs. Jackson State (tonight, 8 p.m. ET) and the potential second-round match vs. the winner of Kansas State/Wichita State (Friday, 8 p.m. ET) will be televised live by NET and streamed live on BTN2Go.com and Huskers.com. iPad and iPhone users with BTN2Go access will be able to watch the matches on those devices. BTN2Go will exclusively stream the first round matches for Penn State (vs. Liberty at 7:30 p.m. ET), Illinois (vs.
(BigTen,org) The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship, as eight conference teams have been selected to the tournament’s field of 64 for the second consecutive season. The eight chosen squads ties a conference record and gives the Big Ten the most tournament teams of any conference in the country. See the official NCAA.com bracket. Big Ten Champion Nebraska enters the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 3 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue, No. 8 Penn State and No. 13 Minnesota have earned top-16 seeds. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have also received
(GopherSports.com) The No. 19 University of Minnesota volleyball team beat border rival Wisconsin in straight sets (25-21, 25-21, 28-26) Wednesday at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers (17-11, 10-9) swept the Badgers this season, also defeating UW on Oct. 19 in Madison, Wis. in five sets. Minnesota was led on the court by sophomore sensations Ashley Wittman and middle blocker Tori Dixon, both of which tied for match-highs with 14 kills. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com.
The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team used a balanced and gritty effort Wednesday night to overcome the No. 19 Minnesota Gophers 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16) in front of 4,166 fans at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers saw three players tally double-digit kills on the night. Keving Kugler and Megan Bower recap Nebraska’s four-set win over Minnesota. Read the recap at Huskers.com and the recap at GopherSports.com.
No. 16 Minnesota swept tonight’s match against Michigan State at the Sports Pavilion, 3-0, improving to 15-9 on the season and 8-7 in Big Ten play. Ashley Wittman led the way for the Gophers tonight with 11 kills, while Katherine Harms was also in double figures for Minnesota with 10 kills. Read full recaps from GopherSports.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 on Twitter by submitting questions.
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
Illinois volleyball, coming off its first loss of the season against Nebraska, rebounded nicely with a four-set win (15-25, 25-21, 19-25, 20-25) over Wisconsin on Friday night. Watch now as Student U broadcaster Bryce Jakobs interviews Illini head coach Kevin Hambly following the win. Jump inside for coverage of the Minnesota-Northwestern match. Read full recaps from FightingIllini.com and UWBadgers.com. An upset in Evanston as Northwestern dropped Minnesota in straight sets, 25-23, 25-23 and 25-21. Watch highlights of the action from our Student U broadcast team. Read full recaps from NUSports.com and GopherSports.com.
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