Big Ten Conference Weekly Release (Nov. 1st)

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 02nd, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News


Courtesy of Big Ten

All 14 Big Ten volleyball teams continue conference play this week with 13 matches set to air on either BTN or BTN Plus.

Courtesy of Big Ten

• Nebraska was unanimously voted No. 1 in the latest AVCA Volleyball Coaches Poll. Six additional Big Ten programs appear among the top 25: No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 11 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 17 Michigan and No. 22 Ohio State. Illinois, Iowa and Purdue are receiving votes in the ballot.

• Eleven Big Ten volleyball teams are rated among the top 52 of the NCAA RPI: No.1 Nebraska, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 4 Minnesota, No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 17 Purdue, No. 24 Penn State, No. 25 Ohio State, No. 50 Indiana, No. 51 Iowa and No. 52 Illinois.

• Based on average attendance, the Big Ten has seven of the nation’s top 10 teams. Nebraska leads the nation in attendance, averaging 8,206 fans per contest, while Wisconsin is third with 5,960 and Minnesota is fourth with 4,333. Penn State checks in at No. 5 with 3,554 patrons per match, while Michigan State ranks sixth with 2,800 and Illinois is seventh with 2,622 fans per contest. Purdue rounds out Big Ten programs in the top-10 in eighth, averaging 2,596 fans per match.

• Based on past opponents’ winning percentage, Wisconsin has played the third-toughest schedule in the nation, while Purdue has played the fourth-toughest schedule. Minnesota is fifth on the list, Ohio State ranks eighth and Michigan is ninth.

• Penn State has posted a .316 team hitting percentage this season, which ranks third in the nation. Nebraska ranks fifth, hitting at a clip of .300, while Minnesota is sixth with a team hitting percentage of .297.

• Nebraska has limited its opponents to the seventh lowest hitting percentage in the nation, allowing opposing teams to hit at a clip of just .149. Nebraska is eighth, allowing an opponents’ hitting percentage of .149.

• Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson ranks third nationally with 11.74 assists per set.

• Penn State’s Haleigh Washington, a 2015 Academic All-American and 2015 Academic All-Big Ten selection, leads the conference in hitting percentage with a clip of .446.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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