Mike Wolf previews the upcoming 2014 Big Ten volleyball season.
It’s the nation’s strongest women’s volleyball conference, and we’ll have it covered better than anyone. View BTN/BTN2Go’s schedule for the 2014 volleyball season.
If you needed any reminder of the Big Ten’s volleyball prowess, consult the AVCA preseason poll. Seven Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 16 of the poll, released Monday afternoon, headlined by No. 1 Penn State, the reigning national champion. National runner-up Wisconsin comes in at No. 6. See where all the Big Ten teams land in this post.
Who was the best male college athlete from the 2014 sports year? How about the best male U.S. Olympian? Those are just two of the six categories in which a current or former Big Ten athlete is nominated for at this year’s ESPY Awards on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A.
In the first all-Big Ten NCAA volleyball title match, No. 2 Penn State took down rival and No. 12 Wisconsin, 3-1, Saturday night in Seattle. The national championship marks Penn State’s fifth in the last seven seasons and sixth all-time, which ties Stanford for the most titles in NCAA women’s volleyball history.
If there was a collective statement set out to be made by the Big Ten coaches and players coming into this year’s NCAA Tournament, then the nation is listening after Thursday night. For the first time in history, two Big Ten women’s volleyball teams will play for the NCAA national title.