#5 Illinois made quick work of Maryland at home while #7 Nebraska dominated Ohio State on the road in Big Ten Play. In the match of the night, Northwestern outlasted (RV) Iowa in five sets on the road to collect its second conference win.
Minnesota remained perfect atop the Big Ten standings at 10-0 with a four-set win over Nebraska. Penn State, Illinois and Michigan all held rank in sweep of Rutgers, Michigan State and Northwestern respectively.
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.
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.
No. 14 Michigan and Michigan State each picked up five-set road wins, while No. 3 Minnesota and No. 5 Wisconsin successfully defended their home courts in sweeps.
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.
Nia Robinson, who currently ranks second in the Big Ten in kills per set, returned for Northwestern on Sunday in a near upset of #24 Iowa.
#24 Iowa survives Northwestern in five sets while #12 Penn State picks up a huge win at #16 Michigan Sunday afternoon.
The Big Ten could make a case for being the best league in the nation with a strong 83 percent winning percentage (127-26), seven teams among the VolleyMob Top 25 and three undefeated teams, but the conference is still largely untested.
Kiara McNulty was one half of the setter position in the 6-2 as Northwestern’s offensive efficiency rose steadily in week two.