Four Illinois players managed double-digit kill tallies led by Ali Bastianelli’s career-high 19 as the Fighting Illini hung on for a five-set win over Michigan.
Week 8 brought 10 players into the 1,000 kill club, bumping the total of active members to 99 players. Three others reached the 1,000 dig milestone, pushing the number of players in that group to 149 members.
Big Ten Conference play continues this weekend with all 14 teams in action. Four matches will be carried on BTN, including two top-10 matchups involving Nebraska.
Kansas scored a huge victory to potentially change the trajectory of the Big 12 this season.
Behind the return of Nia Reed, Penn State spikes up the rankings into the top five.
Penn State ended a seven-match losing streak against Nebraska, winning in five sets at home, while Illinois picked up a key home win over Wisconsin in four. Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana also won on Saturday.
Illinois snapped an eight-match losing streak against the Badgers with the four-set win and evened the season series after falling 3-1 in Champaign on Oct. 3.
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.
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.
Big Ten Conference play continues this weekend with all 14 teams in action. Four matches will be carried on BTN, two on ESPNU and the remaining matches will stream live on BTN Plus.