Mike Wolf previews the upcoming 2014 Big Ten volleyball season.
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Defending NCAA and Big Ten Champion Penn State was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2014 volleyball season, as voted on by the Big Ten coaches. After claiming their sixth national title last season, the Nittany Lions top the preseason poll for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. Nebraska, which finished second in the Big Ten last season, was picked to finish second in 2014. After appearing in the NCAA championship match last season, Wisconsin was selected third this season, while Illinois was picked fourth in the voting. Purdue rounded out the top five in the preseason
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. [ MORE: Follow @BTNVolleyball on Twitter! ] Yes, that's seven (!) @B1GVolleyball teams ranked in the top 16 of the AVCA preseason poll. Impressive! pic.twitter.com/jBNCN8T3oH — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 11, 2014 The 2014 season opens later this
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. The award show gathers top athletes from around the world to commemorate the past year in sports. This year, there are seven current or former Big Ten athletes who are up for awards. Here is a look at the list. BEST NFL PLAYER: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Penn State won its record-tying sixth NCAA volleyball crown Saturday night in Seattle. This time, the Nittany Lions, who have won five of the last seven national titles, dropped rival Wisconsin, 3-1, in what was the first all-Big Ten final. Watch our interviews and get all the best reaction to Penn State’s historic win in this post. [ MORE: View the official NCAA interactive bracket ] Penn State players react after NCAA title: Im so happy and humbled that I get the privilege to play such great competitors… Couldn't be happier to come out on top!!!!! PSUWVB — Micha Hancock
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. Ariel Scott led the Nittany Lions with 21 kills, while Megan Courtney and Katie Slay added five blocks apiece. Courtney and Dominique Gonzalez recorded 20 kills each and Micha Hancock totaled 48 assists. Read full GoPSUSports.come recap. And full UWBadgers.com recap. [ MORE: View the official NCAA tourney
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. Penn State and Wisconsin advanced to Saturday’s championship match due in part to the challenges faced in what was arguably the most difficult year of Big Ten volleyball in the league’s history. We look back at those matches and ahead to Saturday’s big event. Also, vote for your predicted
It’s an all-Big Ten final in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament as No. 12 seed Wisconsin and No. 2 seed Penn State both won Thursday night matches. The two Big Ten programs will play for the title on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Seattle. It’s the first all-Big Ten national final in NCAA history. Watch highlights from both matches in this post. For the first time since 2000, the Badgers (28-9) advanced to the NCAA championship match with a 3-1 win over No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Texas at KeyArena on Thursday night. The 25-19, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23 victory over
An unprecedented seven Big Ten teams entered last weekend with dreams of reaching the Final Four. After the last whistle Saturday night, two still remained, as Penn State and Wisconsin advanced to Seattle for the national semifinals. Tonight, the 12th-seeded Badgers (vs. No. 1 Texas) and second-seeded Nittany Lions (vs. No. 3 Washington) will try to advance to the national title match. Before I preview the national semifinal matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last weekend, which featured epic play from numerous conference members and also witnessed the end of several decorated careers. Minnesota Nebraska and Purdue all