November in Big Ten volleyball means the title race has taken shape and the NCAA tournament push is well underway. Contenders have emerged and the early season surprises have faded into memory as the 10-week conference season pushes onward.
BTN volleyball announcer Mike Wolf is back with his weekly Big Ten Volleyball Report on BTN.com this season. It was a wild opening week of conference play so let's take a quick look back before we preview three big matches coming up.
Eight Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, released Monday, headlined by defending national champion and No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions (13-0) received 63 of the 64 first-place votes to remain atop the poll for the sixth consecutive week, while No. 4 Nebraska also stayed put to keep two Big Ten teams ranked in the top 5. Here’s where the remaining six Big Ten teams are ranked: Illinois (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 13), Minnesota (No. 16), Purdue (No. 18), Wisconsin (No. 19) and Michigan (No. 23). Michigan State and Iowa are among the
Are you a fan of Big Ten football in-game video highlights? How about interviews from your favorite Big Ten basketball coaches? If so, we’ve got you covered, with our new BTN YouTube page. In the fast-paced world of sports and social media, BTN.com now offers in-game Big Ten highlights, interviews and features on our YouTube page, which can be seen here! When a huge play happens or a memorable moment occurs, BTN.com video editors will post and share the video right after they happen. Looking for your favorite play from Week 1 of the season, but don’t want to scroll
Six Big Ten teams in the preseason AVCA poll was great. Seven teams in the first regular-season poll is even greater. Yes, half of the Big Ten teams are represented in the latest AVCA poll, highlighted by No. 1 Penn State, released Monday. The reigning national champion Nittany Lions went 3-0 last week to remain atop the poll. The other Big Ten teams ranked include: No. 4 Nebraska, which received one first-place vote, No. 6 Illinois, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 22 Ohio State and No. 24 Purdue, which debuts in the poll after winning its first
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule. More than 107 men’s and women’s soccer games will be available on BTN Plus. The men’s squads from Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 14) all reside among the preseason top 15, while the women’s teams at Penn State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 14) and Rutgers (No. 24) take their place in the preseason top 25. The first
Two-time defending national champ Penn State paces sits atop the the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, released Wednesday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are one of four top 10 Big Ten teams, as Nebraska and 2014 Big Ten regular-season champ Wisconsin are tied for No. 5 and Illinois comes in at No. 8. Ohio State (No. 14) and Michigan State (No. 19) round out the Big Ten teams in the opening poll. Michigan, Minnesota and Purdue each received votes.
The final AVCA Division I Coaches Poll is out, and, to no surprise, back-to-back national champion Penn State finishes the season as a unanimous No. 1. [ MORE: NCAA title gallery | Penn State dynasty isn’t over ] The Nittany Lions, who beat BYU on Saturday night to claim their sixth title in the last eight years, garnered all 60 first-place votes. Big Ten champion Wisconsin, which lost in the regional final to Penn State, finished No. 4, while Nebraska (No. 8), Illinois (No. 11) and Ohio State (No. 13) also finished in the top 25. In other words, the
Despite NCAA loses this past weekend, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State and Big Ten champ Wisconsin, once again, affirm why the Big Ten is the best conference in the nation.
The 2014 Women’s Volleyball Tournament has reached the Elite Eight, and three Big Ten teams are left standing. Reigning national champ Penn State swept UCLA to advance to play Wisconsin, which edged Big Ten rival Ohio State, in the Louisville Regional Final. The winner of last year’s NCAA title rematch will advance to the Final Four. Nebraska is one win away from the Final Four, too, as it stunned Washington, 3-1, to advance to the Seattle Regional Final. Illinois was eliminated in a thrilling five-set decision to Florida. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] PENN STATE 3,