Volleyball

No. 1 Illinois Holds Off Michigan

No. 1 Illinois continued its winning ways on Wednesday, defeating No. 20 Michigan 3-1 (25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20) at Huff Hall. The Illini out-blocked the Wolverines 17-3, led by freshman Liz McMahon with 11 block assists. The Illini are now 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines fall to 14-5 overall and 2-5 in the Big Ten. Illinois’ Michelle Bartsch registered 20 kills. Watch the highlights now and catch more volleyball action Friday on BTN.com.

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Big Ten volleyball powers up

Today in the Big Ten Blast we spotlight the weekly Big Ten Players of the Week in women’s volleyball. Here are the latest Big Ten volleyball standings and Big Ten stats from BigTen,org, and a look at Monday night’s AVCA.org Top 25 poll. And did you catch our feature on Lara Dykstra, a  freshman libero at Nebraska who made the move from beach volleyball to to the hard court? Watch it now.

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Women's Report: Examining Illinois' big win

Join Lisa Byington, Kara Lentz, and Megan Bower on The Big Ten Women’s Sports Report on a new night as the weekly show moves to Tuesdays at 8 a.m. ET with multiple re-airs later on. This week catch highlights and analysis of Illinois volleyball breaking Penn State’s 68-match Big Ten home win streak. Plus, Penn State field hockey’s Kelsey Amy joins us to talk about the roll the Nittany Lions are on.

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Nebraska Gets Past Purdue

Friday night volleyball action included the Purdue Boilermakers visiting the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Hayley Thramer led Nebraska to a 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22) win over Purdue. Watch the highlights and wrap-up from the BTN Student U crew and jump inside for a postgame interview with Nebraska head coach John Cook.

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Northwestern Falls to Penn State, 3-2

After giving an incredibly spirited effort Northwestern accomplished something it had not done since Sept. 5, 1987, but the end result was not what the Wildcats strived for as they fell to No. 8 Penn State at Rec Hall in University Park, Pa., 3-2 (19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-13, 15-11).  After fighting back from one-set deficits in the second and fourth frames, the Wildcats did not have enough left in the tank to knock off the four-time defending national champions in their own building in the decisive fifth.

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