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The Wolverines’ first win in program history in Rec Hall over No. 4 Penn State was not just a school first, but a huge addition to Michigan’s tournament resume. With back-to-back wins over ranked teams including a Top 5 victory, Michigan’s hopes for a postseason berth seem considerably different than a week ago. Mark Rosen’s team had lost four straight matches and did not have a marquee win on the season. Now the Wolverines will see their RPI rise and have a chance to earn a .500-or-better record in the conference if they can win two of their final three.
Tonight, we break new ground on the Big Ten Network with the first ever B1G Volleyball Extravaganza. All 14 teams will be playing on one night in seven matches over the course of three hours of whip-around coverage on our air.
November in Big Ten volleyball means the title race has taken shape and the NCAA tournament push is well underway. Contenders have emerged and the early season surprises have faded into memory as the 10-week conference season pushes onward.
BTN volleyball announcer Mike Wolf is back with his weekly Big Ten Volleyball Report on BTN.com this season. It was a wild opening week of conference play so let’s take a quick look back before we preview three big matches coming up.
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For the sixth time in the past eight seasons, the Penn State Nittany Lions are national champions. Scary thing is, the magical run might just be beginning.
Penn State will take on Stanford in the national semifinals Thursday night. Before the game’s two most successful programs meet, Mike Wolf previews the matchup.
Despite NCAA loses this past weekend, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State and Big Ten champ Wisconsin, once again, affirm why the Big Ten is the best conference in the nation.
When the calendar hits December, the Big Ten asserts itself in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament. Mike Wolf previews the upcoming regional matches.
The NCAA tourney field is set, and BTN play-by-play man Mike Wolf previews the six teams’ draws and offers his bold predictions.
Two matches remain in the regular season, and barring an epic letdown, Wisconsin will be the 2014 Big Ten champions.
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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!
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 week ahead has a plethora of excellent matchups that could reshape the Big Ten standings. Four of those matches air on BTN, beginning Tuesday night. So, let’s get to it.
Is this the year? Is this finally the year that after all the talk of parity, that one of the non-traditional power programs claims the Big Ten title? Get Mike Wolf’s take inside!
After the second week of Big Ten play, a week headlined by Nebraska downing Penn State, it sure looks like the standings will be constantly shifting.
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The opening week of Big Ten volleyball didn’t yield any upsets, but that could change in the second week, which is highlight by No. 3 Penn State at No. 8 Nebraska.
Welcome back! After nine months of waiting and a lengthy but necessary non-conference season, Big Ten volleyball is set take over our lives for the next two months.
Mike Wolf previews the upcoming 2014 Big Ten volleyball season.
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.
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.
Coaches, players and fans can all agree that the Big Ten represents the best caliber of volleyball in all the nation. The conference proved that on Sunday, as an unprecedented seven teams reached regional play, setting a new NCAA record.
After an unpredictable year that saw possibly the strongest collection of teams in conference history, the postseason has finally arrived. The Big Ten tied a conference record on Sunday when, for the fifth time in league history, eight teams were selected to the NCAA Volleyball Championship.