Ali Bastianelli and Illinois are the Big Ten’s top-ranked team by RPI at #3, in spite of their loss to Nebraska last week.
Nebraska’s Melissa Foecke is one of 30 players who have been nominated for the senior CLASS award.
The top 11 teams remained the same in the AVCA Top 25 coaches poll this week, with the only adjustment being that Minnesota and Wisconsin swapped spots, moving to No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.
Minnesota had a big week to jump back into the top five in the latest VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings.
Nia Robinson, who currently ranks second in the Big Ten in kills per set, returned for Northwestern on Sunday in a near upset of #24 Iowa.
Minnesota’s Alexis Hart and Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Nebraska’s Lauren Stivrins, and Penn State’s Serena Gray and Kendall White earned Big Ten weekly honors for Week 5.
#24 Iowa survives Northwestern in five sets while #12 Penn State picks up a huge win at #16 Michigan Sunday afternoon.
Senior Samantha Seliger-Swenson surpassed the 1,000-career digs mark with 13 in Minnesota’s sweep of Indiana on the road Saturday night. The 5-11 setter has 1,021 digs in her career, notching 273 as a freshman, 301 as a sophomore, 333 as a junior and 114 so far in 2018.
A lot went down in Big Ten volleyball action Saturday night, as Maryland downed Ohio State in 5 sets, 5th-ranked Nebraska ended 4th-ranked Illinois’ perfect start with a 4-set win and Michigan State got back on track with a 4-set win over Rutgers. 7th-ranked Minnesota and 3rd-ranked Wisconsin swept by Indiana and 20th-ranked Purdue, respectively.
Penn State leveled its Big Ten record after an 0-2 league start by ruining Michigan’s perfect 9-0 home record with a sweep Sunday afternoon.