The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Tuesday, with standouts from Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin earning individual recognition following the conclusion of the 2015 regular season. Nine Big Ten teams will be competing in the NCAA tourney, starting Thursday. Read more about the tourney here. See the complete complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, individual award winners and Sportsmanship Award honorees below: PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Daly Santana, MINN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justine Wong-Orantes, NEB SETTER OF THE YEAR: Lauren Carlini, WIS FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, MINN COACH OF THE YEAR (COACHES AND MEDIA):
Nine Big Ten teams have been selected to the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, it was announced Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten champion Minnesota enters the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed, while No. 4 Nebraska, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Penn State and No. 12 Ohio State also earned top-16 seeds. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue also received at-large bids to the national tournament. The Big Ten’s nine teams are more than any other conference, as the Pac-12 and Big 12 have seven and five, respectively. After winning its second
With its 3-1 win over Indiana on Saturday, the No. 4 Minnesota volleyball team earned the outright 2015 Big Ten Championship. [ MORE: GopherSports.com: Minnesota beats Indiana to claim outright Big Ten title ] The crown marks Minnesota’s first Big Ten title since 2002 and second overall. The Golden Gophers improve to 18-2 in Big Ten play and 26-4 overall and have earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Golden Gophers won by a score of 25-17 in the first set, following with a 25-18 win in the second set before falling 23-25 in the third stanza.
The days of the regular season are dwindling in Big Ten volleyball and it is time to take a look at the NCAA tournament hopes of the nation’s premiere volleyball conference. One team that is a certainty for this year’s postseason is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. After missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1998 last season, Minnesota is poised to win its first conference title since 2002. Hugh McCutcheon’s team avenged its only conference loss last weekend with a straight set sweep of then No. 1 Penn State in overwhelming fashion. It was Minnesota’s first win
What a night of Big Ten volleyball action! BTN’s first-ever B1G Volleyball Extravaganza took place on Wednesday night, and it was a giant success. All 14 Big Ten teams were in action in seven matches over the course of three hours on BTN. Big Ten fans were treated to some outstanding points, and we made it a point to capture the best of the best. Here is a look at the top highlights from Wednesday night’s B1G Volleyball Extravaganza. Enjoy! Nebraska comes back to top Michigan State on this match point Minnesota takes a commanding 2-0 lead over Northwestern Ohio
Tonight, we break new ground on the Big Ten Network with the first ever B1G Volleyball Extravaganza. All 14 teams will be playing on one night in seven matches over the course of three hours of whip-around coverage on our air. [ MORE: View the latest Big Ten standings | Check out the latest AVCA poll ] Every team has something at stake, and the matches tonight could impact the postseason hopes of several Big Ten members. Before the Extravaganza begins, here is a preview of all seven matches you can watch on BTN, beginning at 7 p.m. ET and
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on
November in Big Ten volleyball means the title race has taken shape and the NCAA tournament push is well underway. Contenders have emerged and the early season surprises have faded into memory as the 10-week conference season pushes onward.
We have reached the midway point of the 2015 season and very little has gone as planned. Look back at the preseason poll released in August and it is nothing like the current standings through ten matches of conference play. The nation’s toughest volleyball conference has always been unpredictable, but now a scrambled Big Ten title race features none of the preseason top four in the No. 1 spot. That position is held by a team that did not even reach the postseason a year ago — Hugh McCutcheon’s 10-1 Golden Gophers. A season after dropping out of the Top
We don’t want to overuse the phrase “can’t-miss play,” but there was another can’t-miss play on the Big Ten volleyball court Saturday night. [ MORE: Watch all of our favorite #BTNStandout plays ] One week after Nebraska and Illinois combined on a memorable 72-second rally, Nebraska showed its flair for the dramatic again, this time vs. Wisconsin. Early in the first set, with Nebraska leading 5-4, the teams traded incredible defensive plays on a memorable rally. First, it was Wisconsin libero Taylor Morey, who, on an all-out dive, used her left fist to keep the ball alive. Impressive, but then