Iowa and Indiana turned heads with Big Ten-opening victories Friday night. The Hawkeyes downed Michigan State for the first time since 2009, while the Hoosiers notched its 2nd conference-opening win in the last 10 years.
5th-ranked Nebraska put a stop to 19th-ranked Michigan’s perfect season Friday night, downing the Wolverines in 4 sets in Big Ten-opening action. The Huskers posted a .314 attack percentage and a dominant 14 blocks to earn the victory.
It was a barn-burner in West Lafayette, Ind., as a pair of unbeaten volleyball programs went at it in Big Ten-opening action. 4th-ranked Illinois emerged the victor, downing 20th-ranked Purdue in a 4-set battle.
Friday’s match between Purdue and Illinois is not just a battle of two unbeatens and two Top 25 teams, it is a clash of two of the nation’s best student sections – The Boiler Block and Spike Squad and the latest matchup in a series of close contests.
Big Ten opening night was one of lopsided victories, as 8th-ranked Minnesota shocked 7th-ranked Penn State in straight sets and 3rd-ranked Wisconsin showed out with a sweep of Ohio State.
In a match filled with young talent, Minnesota senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson pushed the 8th-ranked Gophers to a sweep of #7 Penn State.
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Northern Kentucky’s Haley Libs recorded her 1,000th dig last weekend, earning membership into the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club, while seven players each reached 1,000 kills or 1,000 digs.
Conference play opens this weekend with all 14 teams in action. Four matches will be carried on BTN or ESPNU, with the remaining matches streaming on BTN Plus.
Nebraska and Michigan each have held their foes to a .109 hitting effort, the lowest opponent percentages in the country. Both teams will put their defense to the test, when they face off on Friday in Lincoln.
This week’s Player of the Week decision was one of our toughest yet as the numbers for Week 4 were insane across the board. In the end, Cal Poly’s Torrey Van Winden had a slight edge over the pack with an all-around and efficient effort.
Purdue will play Illinois on Friday in a battle of unbeatens.
2021 outside hitter Ally Batenhorst gives Nebraska their fifth commit for the class.
The Big Ten could make a case for being the best league in the nation with a strong 83 percent winning percentage (127-26), seven teams among the VolleyMob Top 25 and three undefeated teams, but the conference is still largely untested.
Starting Wednesday, fans will get to see which teams carry their momentum from no-conference into league play and if the 7 remaining undefeated programs will survive against their biggest rivals.
Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter and Jacqueline Quade, Nebraska’s Callie Schwarzenbach, and Penn State’s Jonni Parker earned the Big Ten’s Week 4 honors.
The top five teams remained in tact in the Week 4 AVCA poll, with BYU and Stanford at the top and dividing the first place votes (58 to 6).
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