Four weekends of the 2012 women’s volleyball season are behind us and another grueling conference campaign is about to begin. Seven teams came into the year ranked in the AVCA Top 25 and following a month of non-conference foes, the Big Ten remains the nation’s top league. Before the conference race begins here is some of what we learned from the first month.
Friday night’s Olympic sport action was kicked off with a thrilling 2-0 soccer win for the Nebraska women’s soccer team over Northwestern. It was the conference opener for each team. Watch the highlights now and dive inside for more video from our Student U production teams.
Several Big Ten teams took to the volleyball court and soccer pitch on Friday night. Penn State volleyball came out with a five-set win over Standford, while the Purdue women’s soccer team scored a 2-0 win over Tennessee-Martin. Watch the volleyball highlights now and jump inside for coverage of Purdue’s win.
Several Big Ten teams were in action on Thursday night. The Michigan State baseball team lost 7-0 to the Lansing Lugnuts in the sixth annual Crosstown Showdown at Cooley Law School Stadium in Downtown Lansing. Watch a recap of the game now and dive inside this post for Student U highlights of the Ohio State men’s volleyball team beating Grand Canyon.
The Illinois volleyball team came up short in the national championship, falling 3-1 to UCLA on Saturday in the Alamodome. The Illini turned in the best finish in school history with the second-place showing and ended the year with an overall record of 32-5. Read FightingIllini.com’s full recap, see the box score and check out the team’s photo gallery.
In today’s Big Ten Blast, we touch on Illinois advancing to the National Semifinal round of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament for the third time in school history and the first time in 23 years. The Illini reached back-to-back Final Fours in 1987 and 1988. In Thursday’s NCAA Semifinal Match Illinois (31-4) faces USC (29-4) at 9 p.m. ET. Read more at FightingIllini.com and track the entie tournament at NCAA.com. In other news, Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing. Find the latest headlines on the Penn State scandal on the team report page.