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).
Match Stats Michigan State def. Illinois 3-1 (25-23, 18-25, 25-27, 29-27) Michigan State advances to play #1 seed Penn State…
Of the five remaining unseeded teams, Michigan State has the best opportunity to reach a Final Four.
Penn State is the lone team of the four in the University Park regional to make it to the Elite Eight or further in the last five years. Illinois last advanced past the Sweet 16 in 2011, while Missouri and Michigan State last made the regional finals in 2005 and 1996 respectively.
Brooke Kranda and Alyssa Garvelink turned in 12 kills apiece for Michigan State, while Marysa Wilkinson and Jaali Winters notched double-digit efforts for Creighton as both advanced to the NCAA Second Round in Omaha.
#11 Michigan State finished their regular season with a four-set victory over Indiana on the Hoosiers’ Senior Night in Bloomington, Indiana.
#17 Purdue finished their regular season in style with a four-set win over #11 Michigan State on Senior Night in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Eleven Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked in the top 50 of the NCAA RPI as of Monday, including six of the top 25: No. 4 Penn State, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 25 Purdue, No. 28 Illinois, No. 30 Michigan, No. 42 Ohio State, No. 46 Iowa and No. 47 Maryland.
Michigan State is on the road for the final week of the regular season, heading to Indiana to take on both Purdue and the Hoosiers.
This is the first loss from a team ranked outside of the top 10 for Michigan State all season.