- Oct. 12
No. 14 Michigan and Michigan State each picked up five-set road wins, while No. 3 Minnesota and No. 5 Wisconsin successfully defended their home courts in sweeps.
- #14 Michigan def. Ohio State 3-2
- Michigan State def. Maryland 3-2
- #3 Minnesota def. #7 Illinois 3-0
- #5 Wisconsin def. Northwestern 3-0
#14 Michigan def. Ohio State 3-2 (25-14, 25-22, 20-25, 26-28, 16-14)
- Michigan moves to 16-2, 5-2 Big Ten; Ohio State falls to 11-8, 2-5 Big Ten
- Box Score
- Michigan Recap / Ohio State Recap
- The victory marked the 400th for head coach Mark Rosen and his wife/associate head coach Leisa with the Wolverines.
- The Wolverines started strong offensively, making just three errors, while hitting better than .500 (.556 in Set 1 and .519 in Set 2).
- Paige Jones and Carly Skjodt downed 23 kills apiece to guide the Michigan attack, each hitting .360 or better. MacKenzi Welsh turned in a 56-assist, 14-dig double-double.
- Four Buckeyes notched double-digit kill efforts: Jordan Fry (16), Lauren Witte (14), Vanja Bukilic (14) and Bia Franklin (12).
- Ohio State won Set 4 28-26 despite being outhit .209 to .170, sealing the win on an ace by Audra Appold on its fourth set-point try.
- The Wolverines built an 8-4 lead at the changeover in Set 5 with help from three Skjodt kills. Michigan then closed out the win on a 6-2 run, including three Jones putaways.
Michigan State def. Maryland 3-2 (25-16, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11)
- Michigan State 14-5, 2-4 Big Ten; Maryland 12-6, 3-3 Big Ten
- Box Score
- Michigan State Recap / Maryland Recap
- The Spartans outhit the Terps .286 to .000 in the decisive fifth set. Michigan State boasted a .340 to .237 advantage in overall hitting percentage, thanks in part to a 10-5 lead in blocks.
- Maryland served up eight aces, while allowing just two.
- Four Spartans notched double-digit kills: Alyssa Chronowski (19), Maddie Haggerty (15), Naya Gros (13) and Rebecka Poljan (13), with each hitting .300 or better on the night. Haggerty rounded out a double-double with 12 digs, while Chronowski and Gros led the way at the net with seven and five blocks respectively.
- Erika Pritchard downed a match-high 24 kills, while Liz Twilley (13) and Katie Myers (11) followed. Myers put up three blocks, while Pritchard served up three aces.
- MSU used a 5-0 run to gain an 8-2 lead in Set 5. Maryland chipped away, cutting the margin to two at 13-11 with help from five Spartan miscues. A kill and a block by Gros sealed the 15-11 road win for Michigan State.
#3 Minnesota def. #7 Illinois 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20)
- Illinois 15-2, 4-2 Big Ten; Minnesota 12-2, 6-0 Big Ten
- Box Score
- Illinois Recap / Minnesota Recap / VolleyMob Recap
- Minnesota is off to a 7-0 start in Big Ten play, marking its best start since posting seven straight wins to start the 1999 conference season.
- The Gophers outhit Illinois .270 to .194. Minnesota hit at a match-high .341 clip in Set 2, while limiting Illinois to a .081 effort in the final stanza.
- Alexis Hart (15) and Stephanie Samedy (10) posted double-digit kill tallies to lead Minnesota to victory, while Jacqueline Quade and Megan Cooney put down eight kills apiece for Illinois.
- After trailing 11-9 in Set 2, the Gophers pulled away with an 8-1 run before finishing off the sweep.
Wisconsin def. Northwestern 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-15)
- Wisconsin moves to 12-3, 5-2 Big Ten; Northwestern falls to 10-9, 0-7 Big Ten
- Box Score
- Northwestern Recap / Wisconsin Recap
- Wisconsin has won six in a row at home and has not lost in Wisconsin Field House since Nov. 24, 2017.
- The Badgers hit at a .404 clip in the match, including a .452 effort in Set 2.
- Wisconsin served up eight aces, while allowing none, and boasted an 8-2 lead in blocks.
- Grace Loberg and Dana Rettke paced the Badgers with 15 and 10 kills respectively. Rettke also put up a team-best five blocks. Molly Haggerty chipped in eight kills on a team-best .500 hitting effort to go with 11 digs and three aces.
- Nia Robinson put down 11 kills for Northwestern, but hit at just an .083 clip (11-8-36). Abryanna Cannon was next on the team with seven kills on a .286 hitting effort.