The No. 10 University of Minnesota volleyball program came from behind to defeat No. 25 Michigan State in five sets Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. The Golden Gophers (14-3 overall) trailed 2-1 and came back to win the fourth and fifth sets to improve to 5-1 in the Big Ten Conference. Read full recaps at GopherSports.com and MSUSpartans.com. Watch Minnesota’s Katherine Harms interview now. The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team remained unbeaten in the Big Ten with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 24-26, 18-16) victory against No. 21 Illinois (8-8, 2-4 Big Ten). This was Penn State’s first win
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
The top-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team (14-1, 4-0 Big Ten) earned a 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-20) win against No. 10 Minnesota (23-3, 3-1 Big Ten) on Saturday night. Read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch the Penn State and Minnesota Student-U wrap-up now and dive inside for highlights of the Purdue and Illinois meeting. The 13th ranked Purdue Boilermakers beat the 21st ranked Fighting Illini, 3-2, in five sets on Saturday night:
Chelsea Armstrong, Northwestern’s all-time leading scorer, capped her hat trick just 12 seconds into overtime as the 10th-ranked Wildcats rallied from two goals down to defeat No. 6 Penn State 5-4 Friday afternoon. Watch the highlights now and dive inside this post for more highlights from around the conference. Read more at NUSports.com. Minnesota volleyball beat Ohio State in straight sets. Michigan volleyball also cruised in their three set win over Iowa. Michigan volleyball coach Mark Rosen and Lexi Erwin talk about the win over Iowa.
Preseason polls are typically frowned upon by fans and coaches alike, but after one weekend of Big Ten volleyball it appears the coaches knew exactly what they were doing when they picked the conference contenders. Four teams have separated themselves, with three of them going 2-0 to start the Big Ten campaign. Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue won both matches on the weekend, with the Gophers and Boilermakers winning on the road, while Penn State had the luxury of starting at home. [TONIGHT: Watch No. 24 Michigan State at No. 6 Nebraska at 8 p.m. ET on BTN/BTN2Go] Nebraska was
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.
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
Several Big Ten teams took to the volleyball court and soccer pitch on Friday night. Penn State volleyball came out with a five-set win over Standford, while the Purdue women’s soccer team scored a 2-0 win over Tennessee-Martin. Watch the volleyball highlights now and jump inside for coverage of Purdue’s win. Purdue beats Tennessee Martin 2-0, read the full Purdue recap at PurdueSports.com.
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