The Big Ten announced its postseason volleyball awards on Tuesday, with standouts from Penn State and Wisconsin earning recognition following the conclusion of the 2014 regular season. The Badgers’ Lauren Carlini was named the Big Ten Player and Setter of the Year by a vote of the conference’s coaches, while teammate Taylor Morey was tabbed the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Penn State’s Haleigh Washington earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, while Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield was named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the conference’s coaches and media contingent. ALL-BIG TEN JOCELYNN BIRKS,
Six Big Ten volleyball teams were selected to the 2014 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, it was announced Sunday night. [ MORE: View the official interactive NCAA bracket ] Big Ten champ Wisconsin is the No. 4 overall seed, while No. 5 Penn State, No. 9 Illinois and No. 14 Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State round out the Big Ten contingent. After winning its fifth Big Ten title and receiving the conference’s automatic berth, Wisconsin will host first- and second-round matches and will take on Western Michigan in Thursday’s first round of the Louisville Regional. With a first-round win, the Badgers
With its 3-0 win over No. 19 Purdue on Friday, the No. 2 Wisconsin volleyball team earned the outright 2014 Big Ten Championship. The Badgers had clinched at least a share of the title on Wednesday. The crown marks Wisconsin’s first Big Ten title since 2001 and fifth overall, having also finished first in 1990, 1997 and 2000. The Badgers improve to 19-1 in Big Ten play and 28-2 overall and have earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The Badgers won by a score of 25-18 in the first set, following with a 25-19 win in Set
Two matches remain in the regular season, and barring an epic letdown, Wisconsin will be the 2014 Big Ten champions.
This is not a year for parity in the Big Ten, and the league may only get six teams in the NCAA tournament after having eight a year ago.
The Badgers are in control of their Big Ten Volleyball title hopes. Who will challenge Wisconsin going forward? Find out inside!
Wednesday’s night’s Big Ten volleyball match between No. 12 Purdue and No. 13 Nebraska took a turn of an amazing point – and the video of the moment has gone viral. Overall, Nebraska rolled to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) sweep over Purdue at the Bob Devaney Sports Center before the 213th consecutive sellout crowd. A 5-0 run with the third set tied 8-8 gave the Huskers a 13-8 cushion, but Purdue cut the lead to 13-11 with three quick rallies. Then the Huskers went up 15-13 on this highlight reel play. A Purdue serve tipped off the net, bounced
One week into the second half of the Big Ten conference schedule, and there are very few matches left that will affect the title race. Find out why inside.
We’ve reached the midway point. After five weeks of Big Ten play, the standings have started to shake out, as the more experienced squads have risen to the top.
The Big Ten Conference is home to volleyball powerhouses and Penn State and Wisconsin proved that when both made the 2013 NCAA championship game. On Sept. 24, those two squads faced each other for the first time since then. BTN’s Kara Lentz collected some of the sights and sounds from that match. This Friday, the “Big Ten Women’s Sports Report” took viewers behind the scenes with an in-depth look at a top volleyball match between these too. Heading into that match, the No. 3 Nittany Lions were on a nine-match winning streak that dates back to a straight-set victory against