Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, August 13, 2015
Defending NCAA Champion Penn State was chosen as the conference favorite for the 2015 volleyball season as voted on by the Big Ten coaches, it was announced on Thursday.
After claiming their seventh national title last season, the Nittany Lions top the preseason poll for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.
NCAA quarterfinalist Nebraska was picked to finish second, while Illinois was tabbed third. Wisconsin, which claimed the Big Ten Championship last season, was voted to finish fourth, while Minnesota rounded out the top five of the preseason poll in fifth place.
The preseason poll and All-Big Ten Team can be found below.
2015 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
2015 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM
|JOCELYNN BIRKS (3)||Illinois||Sr.||Outside Hitter||Willow Springs, Ill.|
|ABBY COLE||Michigan||Jr.||Middle Blocker||Grand Haven, Mich.|
|Chloe Reinig||Michigan State||Jr.||Outside Hitter||South Lyon, Mich.|
|Paige Tapp||Minnesota||Jr.||Middle Blocker||Stewartville, Minn.|
|Kelsey Fien||Nebraska||Sr.||Outside Hitter||Bakersfield, Calif.|
|Kadie Rolfzen (2)||Nebraska||Jr.||Outside Hitter||Papillion, Neb.|
|Taylor Sandbothe||Ohio State||Jr.||Middle Blocker||Lee?s Summit, Mo.|
|Megan Courtney (3)||Penn State||Sr.||Outside Hitter||Dayton, Ohio|
|Ali Frantti||Penn State||So.||Outside Hitter||Spring Grove, Ill.|
|HALEIGH WASHINGTON||Penn State||So.||Middle Blocker||Colorado Springs, Colo.|
|Aiyana Whitney||Penn State||Sr.||Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker||Norwood, N.J.|
|Annie Drews||Purdue||Sr.||Outside Hitter||Elkhart, Ind.|
|LAUREN CARLINI (2)||Wisconsin||Jr.||Setter||Aurora, Ill.|
|Taylor Morey||Wisconsin||Sr.||Libero||Muncie, Ind.|
UNANIMOUS SELECTIONS IN CAPS
(2) Two-time selection
(3) Three-time selection