Favored teams claimed Big Ten victories on Friday night. 4th-ranked Penn State, 3rd-ranked Minnesota, 6th-ranked Wisconsin and 21st-ranked Purdue all secured wins to continue their win streaks.
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 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.
Lady Vols played their way to back-to-back sweeps Saturday and are off to a 3-0 start to the 2018 campaign, while the Spartans notch a pair of wins to hit the reset button.
The Lady Vols started the Eve Rackham era with its first ranked victory since 2016, toppling Michigan State in four sets.
Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy and Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke earn unanimous votes into the 2017 VolleyMob Freshmen Team.
Penn State’s quest for its 13th NCAA Final Four berth took three match-point attempts and overcoming a pair of Spartan set point tries, but in the end, the Nittany Lions finished off the sweep.
Match Stats Michigan State def. Illinois 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-27, 29-27) Michigan State advances to play #1 seed Penn State…
Penn State is the lone team of the four in the University Park regional to make it to the Elite Eight or further in the last five years. Illinois last advanced past the Sweet 16 in 2011, while Missouri and Michigan State last made the regional finals in 2005 and 1996 respectively.
MATCH STATS Michigan State def. No. 9 Creighton 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16) Michigan State moves to 23-8; Creighton ends…