staff, September 5, 2011

The latest AVCA volleyball Top 25 is out, and the Big Ten has seven teams on the list, including three in the top ten. The Big Ten was already a power volleyball conference, but the addition of traditional power Nebraska this fall only boosts that. Two more schools are listed as also receiving votes. The poll comes out on Mondays. Check out the entire list over at

Also, Illinois' Michelle Bartsch was named Big Ten Player of the Week. She recorded three double-doubles, including 20-20 efforts against Tennessee (21 kills, 23 digs) and Dayton (24 kills, 20 digs). Illinois ranked No. 4 overall and even got a first-place vote in the AVCA poll. Read the whole Player of the Week release at

And here's our TV schedule for volleyball on the BTN this fall.