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:
Taylor Wodnick tallied a goal in the eighth minute to lift Minnesota past Michigan State, 1-0. The victory is the Gophers’ first Big Ten win of the season. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch the Minnesota and Michigan State highlights now and dive inside for more of our Sunday Olympic sports video. Purdue women’s soccer received an equalizing goal early in the second half from Hadley Stuart, but Iowa responded with two more scores and defeated the Boilermakers, 3-2, Sunday afternoon. Read the full recap at PurdueSports.com. Big Ten Student U talks with Iowa’s Dana Dalrymple after their 3-2
Friday night’s Olympic sport action was kicked off with a thrilling 2-0 soccer win for the Nebraska women’s soccer team over Northwestern. It was the conference opener for each team. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from our Student U production teams. In volleyball action, Penn State made quick work of Portland, sweeping them in three sets. Read a full recap at GoPSUSports.com. Purdue volleyball also had a successful Friday night by beating UAB in straight sets. Read a full recap at PurdueSports.com. Michigan volleyball was upset by Western Kentucky in five sets. Read a full
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.
In front of the 166th consecutive sellout crowd at the Nebraska Coliseum, No. 4 Nebraska volleyball knocked off top-ranked UCLA in five (25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-13). BTN’s aired the event, one of four volleyball matches on Saturday night. Watch the UCLA and Nebraska volleyball highlights now and jump inside for more video from from BTN. Purdue stays undefeated: Purdue freshman Sam Espenesa talks with BTN Student U after the Boilermakers swept Georgia Washington 25-12, 25-12, 25-16 to move to 2-0 on the year. Thirteen players earned court time for No. 9 Purdue as the Boilermakers committed just three hitting
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
BTN2Go, BTN and NET plan to offer live coverage of the five Big Ten teams that are hosting NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament action this weekend. Nebraska’s first-round match vs. Jackson State (tonight, 8 p.m. ET) and the potential second-round match vs. the winner of Kansas State/Wichita State (Friday, 8 p.m. ET) will be televised live by NET and streamed live on BTN2Go.com and Huskers.com. iPad and iPhone users with BTN2Go access will be able to watch the matches on those devices. BTN2Go will exclusively stream the first round matches for Penn State (vs. Liberty at 7:30 p.m. ET), Illinois (vs.
(BigTen,org) The Big Ten will be well-represented at the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Championship, as eight conference teams have been selected to the tournament’s field of 64 for the second consecutive season. The eight chosen squads ties a conference record and gives the Big Ten the most tournament teams of any conference in the country. See the official NCAA.com bracket. Big Ten Champion Nebraska enters the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 3 Illinois, No. 5 Purdue, No. 8 Penn State and No. 13 Minnesota have earned top-16 seeds. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State have also received