Four weekends of the 2012 women’s volleyball season are behind us and another grueling conference campaign is about to begin. Seven teams came into the year ranked in the AVCA Top 25 and following a month of non-conference foes, the Big Ten remains the nation’s top league. Before the conference race begins here is some of what we learned from the first month. Following a disappointing early exit from last year’s NCAA Tournament, Nebraska faced the defending national champs in the first weekend and immediately made a statement. In the fifth set against top-ranked UCLA, the Huskers rallied from a
Friday night’s Olympic sport action was kicked off with a thrilling 2-0 soccer win for the Nebraska women’s soccer team over Northwestern. It was the conference opener for each team. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from our Student U production teams. In volleyball action, Penn State made quick work of Portland, sweeping them in three sets. Read a full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Purdue volleyball also had a successful Friday night by beating UAB in straight sets. Read a full recap at PurdueSports.com. Michigan volleyball was upset by Western Kentucky in five sets. Read a full
Nebraska’s volleyball team is 3-0 and moved up to No. 1 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll released Monday afternoon, thanks in large part to Saturday’s upset win over defending NCAA champs UCLA. That match aired live on BTN and we’re showing it again tonight on TV at 9 p.m. ET. Since 2001, the Huskers have been ranked No. 1 for 50 weeks, including holding the top spot nationally for the entire 2006 season and for 15 weeks during the 2005 season. Nebraska was last ranked No. 1 on Oct. 24, 2011 .Read more at Huskers.com. The Huskers beat the
Freshmen Jaylyn Odermann and Katie Kraeutner led the Nebraska soccer team (1-3-0) to its first win of the 2012 season on Sunday afternoon at the Nebraska Soccer Field with a 2-0 shutout of the New Mexico Lobos. Odermann notched both her first career goal and assist on the day, while Kraeutner added her first career goal. Read more at Huskers.com. Watch the New Mexico and Nebraska women’s soccer wrap-up now and jump inside for more soccer and volleyball. Ohio State women’s soccer team pulls out the victory against Maryland by a 1-0 final on Sunday night: The No. 4 Nebraska
In front of the 166th consecutive sellout crowd at the Nebraska Coliseum, No. 4 Nebraska volleyball knocked off top-ranked UCLA in five (25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-13). BTN’s aired the event, one of four volleyball matches on Saturday night. Watch the UCLA and Nebraska volleyball highlights now and jump inside for more video from from BTN. Purdue stays undefeated: Purdue freshman Sam Espenesa talks with BTN Student U after the Boilermakers swept Georgia Washington 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 to move to 2-0 on the year. Thirteen players earned court time for No. 9 Purdue as the Boilermakers committed just three hitting
Before Nebraska and Saint Louis faced each other in their season opening volleyball match Friday, the Huskers and their home crowd observed a moment of silence in honor of former Saint Louis volleyball player Megan Boken. The 23-year-old native of Wheaton, Ill., was shot and killed in her car Saturday in St. Louis. The game was carried on the Big Ten Digital Network and you can watch the moment in the video in this post. Boken played for the Billikens from 2007-10 and concluded her career ranked fourth in matches played (127), fifth in digs (1,212), 13th in points (1,143.5)
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.