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,
When the calendar hits December, the Big Ten asserts itself in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament. Mike Wolf previews the upcoming regional matches.
The NCAA tourney field is set, and BTN play-by-play man Mike Wolf previews the six teams' draws and offers his bold predictions.
Six Big Ten volleyball teams were selected to the 2014 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, it was announced Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten champ Wisconsin is the No. 4 overall seed, while No. 5 Penn State, No. 9 Illinois and No. 14 Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State round out the Big Ten contingent. After winning its fifth Big Ten title and receiving the conference’s automatic berth, Wisconsin will host first- and second-round matches and will take on Western Michigan in Thursday’s first round of the Louisville Regional. With a first-round win, the Badgers
One week into the second half of the Big Ten conference schedule, and there are very few matches left that will affect the title race. Find out why inside.
Is this the year? Is this finally the year that after all the talk of parity, that one of the non-traditional power programs claims the Big Ten title? Get Mike Wolf's take inside!
After the second week of Big Ten play, a week headlined by Nebraska downing Penn State, it sure looks like the standings will be constantly shifting.