With the conclusion of the first half of the Big Ten volleyball season upon us, separation amongst the contenders is clear. The two teams that were anticipated to be above the rest have shown it with No. 1 Penn State and No. 4 Nebraska holding the top two spots in the standings through eight matches. A lot of volleyball remains to be played but with the Nittany Lions and the Huskers both defeating the two next closest teams in the standings (Minnesota and Purdue) in convincing fashion, but for the moment the only Big Ten programs to win a national
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
No. 4 Penn State (12-2-0, 6-0-0) used three goals in a six-minute span to secure a 5-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday at Jeffrey Field. With the game tied at two, freshman Mallory Weber scored two goals in two minutes to put the Nittany Lions ahead for good. Read the full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Watch our interview with Kristin Hartmann, who announced her retirement, now, and jump inside for more of Sunday’s Olympic video coverage. Big Ten Student U talks with Penn State head coach, Erica Walsh after their 5-2 victory over Indiana on Sunday: The Buckeyes fell 2-1 against
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.