Illinois made a jump back into the top five following a wild week of play.
#7 Wisconsin and #23 Purdue both took care of business at home on Sunday with wins over #25 Iowa and Ohio State. Maryland went on the road to Indiana and swept the Hoosiers.
Minnesota remained perfect atop the Big Ten standings at 10-0 with a four-set win over Nebraska. Penn State, Illinois and Michigan all held rank in sweep of Rutgers, Michigan State and Northwestern respectively.
Minnesota won its 11th straight match to cement its spot atop the Big Ten standings at 10-0 with a four-set win over Nebraska on Saturday.
All six home sides held court on Friday in the Big Ten, including upset wins by Indiana and Northwestern, who moved past Ohio State and Michigan State respectively. Illinois and Wisconsin each went the distance for wins over Michigan and Nebraska.
For the second straight season, Wisconsin knocked off Nebraska at UW Field House. The Badgers held the Huskers to a season-low .087 hitting clip, marking the first time the program had been held under .100 since at least the 2012 season.
Four Illinois players managed double-digit kill tallies led by Ali Bastianelli’s career-high 19 as the Fighting Illini hung on for a five-set win over Michigan.
Kaitlyn Hord (pictured right) is back for a Penn State team that is on a roll of late.
4th-ranked Penn State continued its upward trajectory with a sweep of Rutgers at home on Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions secured their 7th-straight victory with a .284 attack percentage and 7 service aces, while holding the Scarlet Knights to a .140 attack percentage.
Week 8 brought 10 players into the 1,000 kill club, bumping the total of active members to 99 players. Three others reached the 1,000 dig milestone, pushing the number of players in that group to 149 members.