Seven Big Ten volleyball teams were selected to the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. League teams account for five of the top eight seeded teams.
Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Co-Setter of the Year, while Penn State’s Kendall White was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter also garnered Co-Settter of the Year nods, while Penn State’s Jonni Parker earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
Duke setter/outside hitter Andie Shelton averaged 5.7 assists, 2.9 kills, 1.8 digs and 1.10 blocks per set on a .377 hitting clip, while guiding the Blue Devils to a .287 effort in a pair of five-set wins and on to an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.
Michigan’s Paige Jones, Carly Skjodt and MacKenzi Welsh, Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke and Lauren Stivrins, and Penn State’s Kendall White earn Big Ten weekly honors.
Stanford and Penn State continued their reign as the only two schools who have made all 38 NCAA fields, while six teams will make their NCAA Division I tournament debuts.
Tennessee hops into the top 16 behind a big win over Florida to emphatically end their regular season.
It took five sets and extra points, but Wisconsin volleyball team edged past Penn State in its home gym Saturday night.
The Penn State women’s volleyball took down Minnesota 20-25, 25-21, 30-28, 24-26, 15-12 on Friday night, snapping a 19 match win streak for the Gophers and handing the Big Ten champions their first conference loss of the year.
There aren’t plenty of key matchups remaining as teams vie for conference placings and NCAA Tournament seedings and berths.
Illinois’ Ali Bastianelli, Penn State’s Jonni Parker and Wisconsin’s Syndey Hilley earn weekly honors from the Big Ten Conference.