The No. 3 University of Minnesota volleyball program clinched the Big Ten Conference title outright tonight in Columbus, Ohio during a five-set thriller.
Its back to St. John Arena for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team this weekend. The Buckeyes will get the ball rolling against No. 13 Michigan at 7 p.m. Friday before hosting Michigan State live on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
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.
Ohio State earned the upset in 4 sets over 4th-ranked Penn State, while 8th-ranked Illinois fended off a feisty Indiana volleyball program in 5 sets to remain undefeated on the season. 5th-ranked Nebraska and 19th-ranked Michigan downed Michigan State and Iowa, 3-1, respectively to round out Big Ten opening week.
The Buckeyes have defeated the Nittany Lions twice now in the last 22 meetings dating back to the 2007 season. Both wins were earned in Columbus, Ohio.
Big Ten opening night was one of lopsided victories, as 8th-ranked Minnesota shocked 7th-ranked Penn State in straight sets and 3rd-ranked Wisconsin showed out with a sweep of Ohio State.
After piling up 40 kills, 16 digs and seven blocks and hitting over .400 for the weekend in a pair of wins over Top 10 foes, Stanford’s Kathryn Plummer takes our Week 3 Player of the Week honor.
Illinois’ Cooney and Poulter, Nebraska’s Foecke, Ohio State’s Gruensfelder and Penn State’s Hord earned Big Ten weekly honors for their Week 3 efforts.
(RV) Illinois knocked off Ohio State in a five-set thriller, ending the Buckeyes’ hopes of an NCAA Tournament birth.