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.
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.
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 No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team picked up it’s fourth conference win with a straight set win over Purdue in West Lafayette on Friday night. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more volleyball and women’s ice hockey action.
On Friday’s “Big Ten Women’s Sports report,” Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose joined our crew to talk about the season to date. Watch an extended online-only version of the chat further down in this post, and tune in at 2:30 p.m. ET for rest of this week’s TV show. Rose talks about scheduling strong non-conference teams and why Penn State is off to a strong start. Dara McIntosh, Michelle McMahon,and Kara Lentz take a closer look at Nebraska volleyball team this season. In addition to soccer and field hockey highlights, we unveil the first part of a two-part feature story on the impact of Title IX with a closer look at Iowa’s women’s athletics and how it changed the landscape of Women’s Sports.
The Minnesota Volleyball team improves to 4-1 in the Big Ten conference after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in four sets 25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, after Michigan claimed the third set. The Gophers now also hold a record of 13-3 in the overall regular season. Michigan now stands at 2-3 in the Big Ten, and 14-5 overall. Read the full recap at GopherSports.com. Watch the Minnesota and Michigan volleyball game highlights now.
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.