The sixth-seeded Wisconsin volleyball team earned a first-round victory over Green Bay Thursday night at the UW Field House on the first day of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
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.
It took five sets and extra points, but Wisconsin volleyball team edged past Penn State in its home gym Saturday night.
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.
#7 Wisconsin and #23 Purdue both took care of business at home on Sunday with wins over #25 Iowa and Ohio State. Maryland went on the road to Indiana and swept the Hoosiers.
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.
For the second straight season, Wisconsin knocked off Nebraska at UW Field House. The Badgers held the Huskers to a season-low .087 hitting clip, marking the first time the program had been held under .100 since at least the 2012 season.
Iowa upset #5 Wisconsin for the first time since 2009, while Michigan also escaped with a five-set home win, moving past Indiana. #4 Minnesota snapped #3 Nebraska’s 14-match win streak to claim the top spot in the Big Ten standings after Week 3.
Wisconsin rallied for a four-set win over Illinois, beating the Illini at their own game, winning the block 8-5 and denying Ali Bastianelli the career total blocks record for another match.
All 3 favored programs played their way to Big Ten conference volleyball victories on Wednesday night as 3rd-ranked Nebraska topped 25th-ranked Iowa in 4, 4th-ranked Minnesota handled Northwestern in straight sets and 5th-ranked Wisconsin downed 7th-ranked Illinois in 4.