Penn State jumped back into the AVCA Top 5, climbing five spots to No. 4 after topping No. 17 Purdue and No. 5 Nebraska. An upset in the Big 12, dropped Texas from No. 4 to No. 8 and earned the victor, Kansas, a spot in the poll at No. 22.
Behind the return of Nia Reed, Penn State spikes up the rankings into the top five.
Penn State ended a seven-match losing streak against Nebraska, winning in five sets at home, while Illinois picked up a key home win over Wisconsin in four. Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana also won on Saturday.
Penn State’s five-set comeback win snapped a seven-match losing skid against the Huskers with the last win PSU coming on Nov. 29, 2014 in University Park.
#11 Penn State overcame some adversity and the absence of a starting middle blocker to win at #25 Purdue.
Big Ten Conference play continues this weekend with all 14 teams in action. Four matches will be carried on BTN, two on ESPNU and the remaining matches will stream live on BTN Plus.
Oregon was the biggest mover of the week, climbing six spots to No. 14 after knocking off #17 UCLA and #12 USC. Arizona State claimed the No. 25 spot, its first ranking since being tabbed as No. 24 in the Nov. 16, 2015 poll.
Oregon hops back up into the top 15 after an impressive bounce-back week.
No. 4 Minnesota picked up its seventh straight win with a 3-1 victory over No. 3 Nebraska with help from a .280 hitting effort, four aces and a 14-kill advantage.
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.