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.
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.
The No. 6 Fighting Illini opened their home season with a sweep of Northern Iowa to stay perfect at 9-0. Meanwhile, the Panthers and Creighton each topped Lipscomb in sweeps to round out Day 1 of the tournament.
Illinois’ Cooney and Poulter, Nebraska’s Foecke, Ohio State’s Gruensfelder and Penn State’s Hord earned Big Ten weekly honors for their Week 3 efforts.
All 14 Big Ten volleyball teams are in action this weekend, with Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue and Rutgers playing at home. Conference teams will participate in six AVCA top-20 matchups.
For the second-straight day, the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conference split in challenge action. #20 Colorado opened the night with…
The Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences played to a split in challenge action Friday, as #11 Illinois swept #20 Colorado and #10 Washington topped Iowa in 4.
The Illinois volleyball team will participate in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge for the fifth-straight season this weekend, traveling to Seattle, Wash., to face Colorado and host Washington on August 31-September 1.