The difference 48 hours can make is striking. Late Friday night, Nebraska’s Big Ten Title chances seemed distant and the message boards were offering scenario after unlikely scenario for why the No. 4 Huskers had fallen to No. 20 Ohio State in four sets. On Alumni Night in front of more than 60 former Husker players, Nebraska saw their 39-match regular season home winning streak come to an end in part because of a tentative effort by the home team and a season-defining display by the visitors. Sunday’s match was the one billed as potentially disrupting a perfect final season
No. 4 Nebraska took down No. 1 Penn State in a five-set thriller (12-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10) Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. In front of a roaring 4,193 in attendance, Nebraska produced its third five-set win of the season. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska on the day with 16 kills and 17 digs, while Hannah Werth notched 11 kills and a career-high 27 digs. [Huskers.com: Huskers upend No. 1 Penn State] The Huskers (18-3, 10-2) posted a .171 hitting percentage in the match, while Penn State hit at a .237 clip. NU was out-blocked 14-11, but out-dug PSU 94-90.
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
We’ve reached the mid-way point of the Big Ten season and very little has been settled in the conference. But that’s about to change in the next week as one of the most critical matches of the year is on the docket, potentially putting an end to the Big Ten Title race by Sunday afternoon. It was a streak-busting week for the Indiana Hoosiers as they overcame an 0-8 start to conference play to earn two impressive victories to close out the first half of the Big Ten season. The Hoosiers pulled out a 3-1 victory over rival Purdue in
A lot of action around the Big Ten on Friday starting with an afternoon field hockey game. Aisling Naughton knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime as Michigan field hockey beat Michigan State, 3-2. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from around the conference. Penn State volleyball improved to 7-0 in conference play as they defeated Purdue in straight sets. Ohio State got their fourth win in a row improving to 14-5 on the season as they defeated the Indiana Hoosiers in four sets. Minnesota volleyball defeated Iowa in four sets improving to
A week ago I asked, where are the upsets in Big Ten volleyball? For a conference with parity from top to bottom it had been an almost as expected start to 2012. Week 3 put that thought to shambles, as one shocking upset and several near misses gave Big Ten volleyball fans the most baffling weekend of the season thus far. Fifth set shocker at Huff The Illini had the top-ranked Nittany Lions gasping for air (see the latest rankings at AVCA.org). With match point and a 14-10 lead in the fifth set on Saturday night at Huff Hall, Illinois was
The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team picked up it’s fourth conference win with a straight set win over Purdue in West Lafayette on Friday night. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more volleyball and women’s ice hockey action. Read full recaps at Huskers.com and PurdueSports.com. In other volleyball action, Michigan State beat Wisconsin 3-1. Read full recaps at MSUSpartans.com and UWBadgers.com. Coming off a pair of shutouts against Colgate, the Minnesota women’s hockey team opened WCHA play with a 7-1 win against St. Cloud State on Friday night. See head coach Brad Frost talk about the win: Read
As the Big Ten is the deepest volleyball conference in the nation, it always has a number of teams in the weekly AVCA poll. Through two weekends of conference play, the depth is apparent in the number of close sets and five-set matches that have been played. But while parity brings upsets, the higher-ranked teams have been relatively unscathed so far. With the exception of then-No. 4 Penn State beating then-No. 3 Nebraska – can it be called an upset when a perennial power wins at home? – the team expected to win has come out victorious in virtually every
Taylor Wodnick tallied a goal in the eighth minute to lift Minnesota past Michigan State, 1-0. The victory is the Gophers’ first Big Ten win of the season. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch the Minnesota and Michigan State highlights now and dive inside for more of our Sunday Olympic sports video. Purdue women’s soccer received an equalizing goal early in the second half from Hadley Stuart, but Iowa responded with two more scores and defeated the Boilermakers, 3-2, Sunday afternoon. Read the full recap at PurdueSports.com. Big Ten Student U talks with Iowa’s Dana Dalrymple after their 3-2
In a highly anticipated Big Ten opener between top 5 teams, No. 4 Penn State took a 3-1 victory (23-25, 28-26, 25-17, 26-24) over No. 3 Nebraska on Wednesday night at Rec Hall. A trio of Nittany Lions registered double-digit kill nights in the match aired live on BTN. Watch the Penn State and Nebraska highlights now. [GoPSUSports.com: No. 4 Penn State opens Big Ten slate with 3-1 win over No. 4 Nebraska] Junior Ariel Scott led Penn State with 23 kills on .360 hitting, while junior Deja McClendon posted 16 and junior Katie Slay had 10 on .600 hitting.