Ali Bastianelli will be key as Illinois and Nebraska do battle for a chance at representing the Big Ten in the NCAA Championship match.
Oregon pulled off maybe the upset of the tournament in downing Minnesota to finish the year in the VolleyMob Top 10.
Can Kentucky upend Nebraska to get some revenge for the 2017 Regional Final?
Saturday featured 12 matches with the winners earning a ticket to the Sweet 16 next weekend. Eight of the matches ended in sweeps, although two of those provided upsets as No. 9 Creighton and No. 11 USC fell to Washington and San Diego respectively.
Seven Big Ten volleyball teams were selected to the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. League teams account for five of the top eight seeded teams.
Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Co-Setter of the Year, while Penn State’s Kendall White was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Illinois’ Jordyn Poulter also garnered Co-Settter of the Year nods, while Penn State’s Jonni Parker earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
Purdue’s Sherridan Atkinson, Illinois’ Morgan O’Brien and Jordan Poulter and Minnesota’s CC McGraw and Samantha Seliger-Swenson earned Big Ten weekly honors for Week 10.
Illinois got their first win against Nebraska since 2014 as they went to Lincoln for a top 10 victory.
Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, a 2 time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player, is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award for volleyball.