Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports
The Big Ten landed two schools in the Final Four of the 2012 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, as Michigan takes on No. 3 seed Texas at 7 p.m. ET before top seed and Big Ten champion Penn State faces No. 5 seed Oregon at 9 p.m.
For a remarkable fifth time in the last six years, the Penn State women’s volleyball team has advanced to the national semifinals. The Nittany Lions dropped Big Ten rival Minnesota, 3-1, in the regional finals Saturday night. Nebraska wasn’t as lucky, though, as it lost its regional final to Oregon, 3-1. Michigan plays Stanford later tonight.
Six Big Ten women’s volleyball teams advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and all six played Friday night. Both Penn State and Nebraska swept their opponents to advance to Saturday’s round while Minnesota and Michigan moved on by defeating Big Ten foes Purdue and Michigan State , respectively.
BTN2Go will provide live coverage of the three Big Ten teams that are hosting NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament action this weekend. Nebraska’s first-round match vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (Thursday, 8 p.m. ET) and the potential second-round match against the winner of Kansas State/Northern Iowa (Friday, 8 p.m.ET) will be televised live by NET in Nebraska and streamed live on BTN2Go.
Seven Big Ten teams are headed to the postseason, tied for the most of any conference in the country. Three teams will host first and second round play this weekend including the number one overall seed, the Penn State Nittany Lions. It has been a grueling schedule for every conference team and now we get a chance to see if the parity of the Big Ten has prepared these squads to make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.
With the Big Ten Title reclaimed by Penn State this past weekend what remains to be decided in the regular season’s final week is whether or not an eighth Big Ten team is headed to the postseason and which conference members will be hosting the first two rounds of the tournament.