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.
5th-ranked Nebraska put a stop to 4th-ranked Illinois’ perfect season with a win in 4 sets on Saturday night in Champaign, Ill. The Huskers, who have won 6-straight against the Fighting Illini, are now on a 12-match win streak.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter and Jacqueline Quade, Nebraska’s Callie Schwarzenbach, and Penn State’s Jonni Parker earned the Big Ten’s Week 4 honors.
The No. 6 Illini recovered after dropping the opening set against No. 14 Creighton in the tournament finale, winning three straight sets to stay perfect on the season at 11-0.