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.
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.