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.
In a match filled with young talent, Minnesota senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson pushed the 8th-ranked Gophers to a sweep of #7 Penn State.
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 Penn State women’s volleyball team heads to Palo Alto, California for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge hosted by Stanford on September 7-8.
Penn State did not allow any of its foes more than 21 points in a set during three opening weekend sweeps, while hitting .300 or better and holding foes under .100. Transfer Taylor Leath was tabbed as Penn State Classic MVP.
Part four of who’s who heading into the 2018 season features right side hitters poised to make an impact opening weekend. Leading the list is another member of Florida’s decorated recruiting class, Haley Warner.
The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Texas comes in at #6, right on the cusp of the top five, in a group of teams that all made at least the Elite Eight in 2017.
The 2017-18 Gatorade State High School Players of the Year have been announced for all 50 states, including the District of Columbia.