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
Two former Penn State women’s volleyball stars and one former Nebraska star were named to the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team for the upcoming Olympics. Former Nebraska Husker Jordan Larson was named as were Penn State’s Christa Harmotto and Megan Hodge. In addition, Penn State’s Alisha Glass and Nicole Fawcett are two of eight alternates. Former Husker Nancy Metcalf was also been selected as a replacement athlete. The United States National Volleyball Team, which is ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Volleyball Federation, includes five Olympic Games veterans and seven players making their Olympic Games debuts, including Larson.
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
(Huskers.com) The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team (24-3, 17-2) clinched the first Big Ten Conference title in school history Tuesday night with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-19) sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Nebraska has now captured 32 conference titles overall. Before the Huskers made history on Tuesday night, Penn State had previously won the conference crown for eight-straight seasons. Minnesota claimed the title in 2002. “This is not an easy conference to win,” John Cook said. “We did it while dealing with a lot of things, but through the leadership of our captains, we found a way
(BigTen.org) Nebraska clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, earning a 3-1 win against Wisconsin en route to its first title. The fourth-ranked Huskers moved to 16-2 in Big Ten play with the win over the Badgers and currently hold a 23-3 overall record in their first season in the Big Ten. Nebraska dropped the first set against Wisconsin, 25-12, but took the next three to win the match. The Huskers won by a score of 25-17 score in the second set, following with a 25-13 win in Set 3 and a 25-22 victory to
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.
The No. 2 Nebraska Volleyball team (21-2, 14-1) swept the Indiana Hoosiers, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) at University Gym Friday night. Watch now as Big Ten Student U talks with Nebraska head coach John Cook after that game. Dive inside for coverage of the Ohio State-Penn State match-up. Read full recaps from Huskers.com and IUHoosiers.com. In what is sure to go down as one of the most memorable matches of the season, Northwestern prevailed in a frenzied five-set thriller at Welsh-Ryan Arena against the No. 22 Ohio State Buckeyes, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 27-27, 15-13), on Friday night. Read full
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