- Oct. 19, 2018
All six home sides held court on Friday in the Big Ten, including upset wins by Indiana and Northwestern, who moved past Ohio State and Michigan State respectively. Minnesota stayed perfect with a sweep of Iowa, while Illinois and Wisconsin outlasted Michigan and Nebraska. Purdue held on for a four-set win over Maryland.
- Indiana def. Ohio State 3-0
- Purdue def. Maryland 3-1
- Illinois def. Michigan 3-2
- Minnesota def. Iowa 3-0
- Northwestern def. Michigan State 3-0
- Wisconsin def. Nebraska 3-2
#7 Wisconsin def. #5 Nebraska 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-8)
- Wisconsin moves to 12-4, 6-3 Big Ten; Nebraska falls to 15-4, 6-3 Big Ten
- Madison, Wisconsin
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- Nebraska Recap / Wisconsin Recap / VolleyMob Recap
- The Badgers knocked off the Huskers in Madison for the second straight season.
- Wisconsin pulled up a season-best 94 digs to set a program 25-point rally scoring record. Tiffany Clark led the way with 26 saves, while three others posted double-digit efforts. The Badgers held the Huskers to a season-low .087 effort, the lowest hitting effort for the program since at least the 2012 season.
- Madison Duello posted a team-leading 15 kills, while Dana Rettke added a 12-kill, 10 block double-double and Molly Haggerty chimed in with 10 kills and 13 digs.
- Sydney Hill notched her 2000th career assist amidst a 45-assist, 19-dig double-double, becoming the 11th Badger to reach the milestone.
- Mikaela Foecke (15 kills, 14 digs) and Lexi Sun (10 kills, 13 digs) paced the Huskers, while Lauren Stivrins added six kills and seven blocks.
- After a tie at 4-all in Set 5, Wisconsin pulled away, going up 12-7 including two kills and an ace by Haggerty. A putdown by Grace Loberg, her sixth after moving into an offensive role in Set 4, capped the 15-8 win.
#6 Illinois def. #14 Michigan 3-2 (25-22, 24-26, 26-24, 23-25, 15-13)
- Illinois moves to 17-3, 6-3 Big Ten; Michigan falls to 17-3, 6-3 Big Ten
- Champaign, Illinois
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- Ali Bastianelli‘s career high 19 kills and seven blocks paced the Illini. Three others players turned in double-digit kill tallies: Jacqueline Quade (18), Beth Prince (14) and Ashlyn Fleming (13). Fleming hit at a team-best .476 clip.
- Bastianelli became the Big Ten Conference Illinois career block assists lead with 618.
- Carly Skjodt posted a 25-kill, 17-dig double-double to lead Michigan, but her nearest help came in the form of nine kills apiece by Paige Jones and Katarina Glavinic.
- Illinois outdid Michigan in efficiency (.236 to .185), kills (76-60) and ace (5-4), while both teams put up 10 blocks.
- The Illini hit .545 in Set 5, while Michigan turned in a .360 effort. The teams were tied at 7 and later 13, before a Quade putaway and Michigan hitting error sealed the 15-13 win for the home side.
Northwestern def. Michigan State 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)
- Northwestern moves to 11-10, 1-8 Big Ten; Michigan State falls to 15-7, 3-6 Big Ten
- Evanston, Illinois
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- Michigan State Recap / Northwestern Recap
- Northwestern coach Shane Davis notched his 300th career win (between Loyola Chicago and Northwestern).
- Northwestern outhit MSU .204 to .032 with help from 13 blocks. The Spartans committed 25 hitting errors in the match, including 10 as part of a -.129 effort in Set 3.
- Nia Robinson downed a match-high 12 kills and hit .444 for the Wildcats. Ella Grbac added nine putaways and a team-high five blocks, all solo efforts.
- Maddie Haggerty was tops for MSU with eight putaways, but hit just .143. She was the lone Spartan player to hit better than .100. Naya Gros checked in with four kills on a .100 effort. Alyssa Chronowski added six kills and six blocks, but hit .000 (6-6-25).
- Michigan State led 14-12 in Set 3, before the Wildcats turned it around with a 6-0 run, including two kills and a block by Alana Walker. The Spartans narrowed the gap to one at 18-17, but that only sparked a final 7-3 push for Northwestern. A Robinson kill clinched the sweep on the Wildcats’ second match-point try.
Minnesota def. Iowa 3-0
- Minnesota moves to 15-2, 9-0 Big Ten; Iowa falls to 12-8, 4-5 Big Ten
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
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- Minnesota was outhit .208 to .189 in a 25-23 Set 1 win, but the Gophers outhit the Hawkeyes for the match .304 to .242 with two .370 plus efforts.
- Alexis Hart (13), Stephanie Samedy (12) and Taylor Morgan (11) each turned in double-digit kill tallies, while hitting .300 or better. Samedy rounded out a double-double with 11 digs, while Samantha Seliger-Swenson posted a 42-assist, 10-dig effort.
- Reghan Coyle and Taylor Louis led the way for Iowa with 14 kills apiece, each hitting .333 or better. Meghan Buzzerio added 10 putaways. Brie Orr dished out 34 assists and finished off a double-double with 13 digs. Molly Kelly racked up 27 digs in the three-set affair.
- Iowa led 7-4 in Set 3, but could not hold on as the Gophers turned the tables with a 10-2 run including three kills each by Pittman and Hart and three Hawkeye errors. Minnesota capped the sweep with an Iowa error and a kill by Adanna Rollins.
Indiana def. Ohio State 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-22)
- Indiana moves to 13-7, 4-5 Big Ten; Ohio State falls to 12-9, 3-6 Big Ten
- Bloomington, Indiana
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- Indiana finished off a season sweep of Ohio State with a 3-0 win on Friday. It marked the first IU sweep of the Buckeyes since Nov. 6, 1999, and the first season sweep of OSU since 2008.
- Indiana outhit the Buckeyes .292 to .183 including a .308 to .029 advantage in Set 1. The Hoosiers put up seven blocks (to 2) and served up four aces (to 2) in the win.
- A balanced attack was key for the Hoosiers as six players notched five or more putaways. Deyshia Lofton (9), Elizabeth Asdell (8) and Lexi Johnson (8) led the way. Lofton hit at a team-high .600 clip (9-0-15).
- Victoria Brisack notched her 2,000th career assist, becoming the 10th player in Indiana history to reach the mark, with a 21-assist, 10-dig double-double.
- Vanja Bukilic (11) and Lauren Witt (10) paced OSU with double-digit kill efforts, each hitting better than .400, but it was not enough.
- The Hoosiers, which trailed 17-14 earlier in the set, finished off Set 3 on a 4-0 run including a block and a kill by Asdell and the final blow by Kamryn Malloy.
Purdue def. Maryland 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-13)
- Purdue moves to 16-4, 5-4 Big Ten; Maryland falls to 12-9, 3-6 Big Ten
- West Lafayette, Indiana
- Box Score
- Purdue Recap / Maryland Recap
- Purdue bested Maryland in every scoring category: kills (58-51), aces (7-4) and blocks (8-5), while outhitting the Terps .308 to .140. The Boilermakers dominated the final stanza, hitting .483 to Maryland’s .125 effort.
- Sherridan Atkinson (16), Caitlyn Newton (15), Blake Mohler (11) and Grace Cleveland (10) paced the Purdue attack. Mohler posted an errorless .611 hitting effort and a team-best four blocks, while Newton (.444) and Atkinson (.333) followed. Marissa Hornung served up five aces.
- Erika Pritchard and Liz Twilley downed 17 kills apiece for the Terps. Twilley hit at a .217 clip and put up three blocks, while Pritchard rounded out a double-double with 13 digs.
- Maryland scored three of the first four points in Set 4, but Purdue went on a 9-2 run, including three Newton kills to take the lead at 10-5, one it would not relinquish. An Atkinson kill sealed the match on the Boilermakers’ second match-point try.