Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Co-Setter of the Year, while Penn State’s Kendall White was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter also garnered Co-Settter of the Year nods, while Penn State’s Jonni Parker earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
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.
#11 Penn State overcame some adversity and the absence of a starting middle blocker to win at #25 Purdue.
It was famine or feast in the Big Ten on Friday night, with Michigan State and Ohio State surviving against Indiana and Rutgers, while #12 Penn State and #17 Michigan won via sweep.
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.
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.
All 14 Big Ten volleyball teams are in action this weekend, with Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska playing at home. Conference teams will participate in three top-25 matchups.
In a weekend selected to celebrate 40 seasons with head coach Russ Rose at the helm of Penn State volleyball, the Nittany Lions did their best to honor his legacy of winning, posting a pair of sweeps en route to the Penn State Invitational title.
#11 Michigan State finished their regular season with a four-set victory over Indiana on the Hoosiers’ Senior Night in Bloomington, Indiana.
#3 Minnesota made quick work of Indiana on Saturday night, sweeping the Hoosiers in Big Ten play.