BTN Communications, January 19, 2021
Big Ten Volleyball makes its return to the Big Ten Network this week with 39 conference matches leading up to the NCAA Tournament in April. Following a season in which both No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 7 Minnesota reached the Final Four, six Big Ten teams are currently ranked in the preseason AVCA poll. The group features four of the top 10 teams in the nation and is led by last year?s national runner up, and this season?s top-rated team, No. 1 Wisconsin. No. 5 Nebraska, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 9 Penn State, No. 13 Purdue and No. 24 Michigan round out the top 25.
The season kicks off on Friday, Jan. 22, when No. 13 Purdue heads to Madison to take on No. 1 Wisconsin at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers and Badgers will run it back the following night with a rematch at 9 p.m. ET.
Additional highlights include a pair of top-10 battles between No. 9 Penn State and No. 7 Minnesota on Feb. 13-14, No. 7 Minnesota at No. 5 Nebraska on Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, No. 5 Nebraska visiting No. 1 Wisconsin Feb. 26-27, No. 7 Minnesota at No. 1 Wisconsin on March 17, followed by the Badgers visiting No. 7 Minnesota on March 21, and No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 5 Nebraska in two matches to end the year April 1-2.
Lisa Byington and Chris Vosters will be the lead play-by-play voices for volleyball on Big Ten Network, joined by analysts Salima Rockwell, Liz Nelson and Michelle McMahon.
Fans can also find the latest updates on Big Ten volleyball by following the Big Ten Network?s new Instagram account, @B1GVolleyball. Throughout the season, the account will be your home for original videos, highlights and custom content featuring some of the most competitive and exciting volleyball in the nation.
In the coming weeks, additional matches are expected to be assigned to both Big Ten Network and Big Ten Network+, a subscription service for non-televised live events. This season, sport-specific packages are available at a new price point for fans only interested in viewing volleyball events. For details and subscription information, please visit btnplus.com.
Big Ten Network Volleyball Schedule
|Fri., Jan. 22||No. 13 Purdue at No. 1 Wisconsin||6:30 PM|
|Sat., Jan. 23||No. 13 Purdue at No. 1 Wisconsin||9:00 PM|
|Tue., Jan. 26||Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State||7:00 PM|
|Thu., Jan. 28||No. 24 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State||TBD|
|Fri., Jan. 29||No. 7 Minnesota at Maryland||TBD|
|Sun., Jan. 31||No. 9 Penn State at Ohio State||4:30|
|Fri., Feb. 5||No. 7 Minnesota at No. 13 Purdue||7:00 PM|
|Fri., Feb. 5||Illinois at No. 9 Penn State||9:00 PM|
|Sat., Feb. 6||Illinois at No. 9 Penn State||6:30 PM|
|Sat., Feb. 6||Maryland at No. 5 Nebraska||8:30 PM|
|Tue., Feb. 9||Northwestern at Ilinois||8:00 PM|
|Sat., Feb. 13||No. 9 Penn State at No. 7 Minnesota||8:00 PM|
|Sun., Feb. 14||No. 13 Purdue at No. 24 Michigan||5:30 PM|
|Sun., Feb. 14||No. 9 Penn State at No. 7 Minnesota||7:30 PM|
|Fri., Feb. 19||No. 7 Minnesota at No. 5 Nebraska||9:00 PM|
|Sat., Feb. 20||Northwestern at No. 13 Purdue||5:00 PM|
|Sat., Feb. 20||No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 24 Michigan State||7:00 PM|
|Sun., Feb. 21||No. 7 Minnesota at No. 5 Nebraska||1:00 PM|
|Tue., Feb. 23||No. 13 Purdue at Indiana||7:00 PM|
|Fri., Feb. 26||No. 5 Nebraska at No. 1 Wisconsin||8:00 PM|
|Sat., Feb. 27||No. 5 Nebraska at No. 1 Wisconsin||8:00 PM|
|Sun., Feb. 28||Indiana at No. 13 Purdue||4:30 PM|
|Fri., March 5||No. 13 Purdue at No. 9 Penn State||TBD|
|Fri., March 5||No. 5 Nebraska at Illinois||TBD|
|Sat., March 13||Rutgers at No. 9 Penn State||TBD|
|Sat., March 13||Ohio State at No. 5 Nebraska||TBD|
|Wed., March 17||No. 5 Nebraska at Iowa||7:00 PM|
|Wed., March 17||No. 7 Minnesota at No. 1 Wisconsin||9:00 PM|
|Sun., March 21||No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 7 Minnesota||TBD|
|Tue., March 23||Rutgers at Maryland||7:00 PM|
|Fri., March 26||Indiana at Illinois||TBD|
|Fri., March 26||No. 5 Nebraska at No. 24 Michigan||TBD|
|Fri., March 26||No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 9 Penn State||TBD|
|Sat., March 27||No. 7 Minnesota at Northwestern||TBD|
|Sat., March 27||No. 5 Nebraska at No. 24 Michigan||TBD|
|Sat., March 27||No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 9 Penn State||TBD|
|Thu., April 1||No. 24 Michigan at No. 1 Wisconsin||7:00 PM|
|Thu., April 1||No. 9 Penn State at No. 5 Nebraska||9:00 PM|
|Fri., April 2||No. 9 Penn State at No. 5 Nebraska||9:00 PM|