#5 Illinois made quick work of Maryland at home while #7 Nebraska dominated Ohio State on the road in Big Ten Play. In the match of the night, Northwestern outlasted (RV) Iowa in five sets on the road to collect its second conference win.
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.
No. 14 Michigan and Michigan State each picked up five-set road wins, while No. 3 Minnesota and No. 5 Wisconsin successfully defended their home courts in sweeps.
#24 Iowa survives Northwestern in five sets while #12 Penn State picks up a huge win at #16 Michigan Sunday afternoon.
All four ranked teams came out on top via sweep as No. 4 Illinois remained undefeated at 14-0, No. 5 Nebraska won its 12th straight, No. 12 Penn State recorded its first Big Ten win of the year and Michigan stayed perfect at home (9-0).
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.
Northwestern’s sophomore Alana Walkerm planted her name atop the NCAA charts for match hitting percentage in 2018 with a .900 effort (9-0-10) in the Wildcats’ sweep of Colgate on Friday at the Ellis Rowland Memorial Tournament.
Today is a big day for a number of prospective collegiate volleyball athletes, as it is the first day players can sign their early period National Letters of Intent for their programs in the NCAA.