Minnesota increased its stranglehold on the top spot in the Big Ten standings at 7-0 with a home sweep of Illinois on Friday behind 15 kills by junior Alexis Hart.
No. 4 Minnesota picked up its seventh straight win with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Nebraska with help from a .280 hitting effort, four aces and a 14-kill advantage.
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.
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.
Indiana won its second matchup in the last 13 against Ohio State, downing the Buckeyes in 4 sets in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time since 2008 to highlight Big Ten action Wednesday night. 7th-ranked Minnesota surprised with an upset win over 3rd-ranked Wisconsin in straight sets, while 20th-ranked Purdue defeated Maryland in 4.
No. 7 Minnesota made just seven hitting errors in an efficient .386 hitting performance and sweep of border rival No. 3 Wisconsin on Wednesday.
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.
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.
The finale of Gopher Fall Classic was cancelled due to unplayable conditions inside Maturi Pavilion.