With the match tied at 2, and the season on the line, the No. 18-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team pulled off a gritty win over host Pittsburgh (19-25, 25-22, 25-17, 21-25,15-9) on Saturday evening.
All six home sides held court on Friday in the Big Ten, including upset wins by Indiana and Northwestern, who moved past Ohio State and Michigan State respectively. Illinois and Wisconsin each went the distance for wins over Michigan and Nebraska.
Four Illinois players managed double-digit kill tallies led by Ali Bastianelli’s career-high 19 as the Fighting Illini hung on for a five-set win over Michigan.
The Wolverines enter the weekend with a perfect 6-0 record and a 4-0 record at Cliff Keen Arena this season. All six season-opening wins have come by a 3-0 sweep, which ties a 1984 program record.
The Cardinal sit atop the VolleyMob 2018 Preseason Top 25.
Pittsburgh comes in at #17 and carries the flag for the ACC in the preseason VolleyMob Top 25.
Stanford will look to claim the National Championship for the second time in three seasons; Way-Too-Early 2018 VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (Full List).
Illinois has six starters back and should be ready to compete with the best the Big Ten has to offer; Way-Too-Early VolleyMob Top 25 Power Rankings (#11-15).
Former Seattle MB/RS Katarina Glavinic transfers to Michigan for 2018.