Illinois senior middle blocker Ali Bastianelli put her name in the school record book on Saturdday night as the Fighting Illini’s best all-time blocker.
Iowa upset #5 Wisconsin for the first time since 2009, while Michigan also escaped with a five-set home win, moving past Indiana. #4 Minnesota snapped #3 Nebraska’s 14-match win streak to claim the top spot in the Big Ten standings after Week 3.
Wisconsin rallied for a four-set win over Illinois, beating the Illini at their own game, winning the block 8-5 and denying Ali Bastianelli the career total blocks record for another match.
Nebraska’s Melissa Foecke is one of 30 players who have been nominated for the senior CLASS award.
The Pitt Panthers earned their first pre-season ranking in program history in 2018, and they’ve validated it with a 15-0 start to the season.
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).
After opening the 2018 season on the road for four of the first five weekends, the No. 4 Illinois volleyball team returns to Huff Hall for a four-match homestand beginning with contests against Iowa and #5 Nebraska this weekend.
It was a barn-burner in West Lafayette, Ind., as a pair of unbeaten volleyball programs went at it in Big Ten-opening action. 4th-ranked Illinois emerged the victor, downing 20th-ranked Purdue in a 4-set battle.
Friday’s match between Purdue and Illinois is not just a battle of two unbeatens and two Top 25 teams, it is a clash of two of the nation’s best student sections – The Boiler Block and Spike Squad and the latest matchup in a series of close contests.
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.