#11 Penn State overcame some adversity and the absence of a starting middle blocker to win at #25 Purdue.
It was famine or feast in the Big Ten on Friday night, with Michigan State and Ohio State surviving against Indiana and Rutgers, while #12 Penn State and #17 Michigan won via sweep.
The No. 23 Purdue volleyball team continues Big Ten play, as the Boilermakers head north for a pair of matches in the Great Lakes State.
A lot went down in Big Ten volleyball action Saturday night, as Maryland downed Ohio State in 5 sets, 5th-ranked Nebraska ended 4th-ranked Illinois’ perfect start with a 4-set win and Michigan State got back on track with a 4-set win over Rutgers. 7th-ranked Minnesota and 3rd-ranked Wisconsin swept by Indiana and 20th-ranked Purdue, respectively.
3rd-ranked Wisconsin tallied its 3rd win of the Big Ten season with a sweep on the road at 20th-ranked Purdue Saturday night. The Badgers made a season-low .218 attack percentage work, as they held the Boilermakers to a .194 attack percentage in the matchup.
The Purdue volleyball team is prepared for its toughest test yet at Holloway Gymnasium when it hosts Wisconsin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Indiana won its second matchup in the last 13 against Ohio State, downing the Buckeyes in 4 sets in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time since 2008 to highlight Big Ten action Wednesday night. 7th-ranked Minnesota surprised with an upset win over 3rd-ranked Wisconsin in straight sets, while 20th-ranked Purdue defeated Maryland in 4.
Ranked programs flexed their muscles in Big Ten Saturday action, as all three earned victories. 3rd-ranked Wisconsin and 8th-ranked Minnesota swept past Rutgers and Maryland, respectively, to move to 2-0, while 20th-ranked Purdue overcame Northwestern in 4 sets to move to 1-1 in conference play.
It was a barn-burner in West Lafayette, Ind., as a pair of unbeaten volleyball programs went at it in Big Ten-opening action. 4th-ranked Illinois emerged the victor, downing 20th-ranked Purdue in a 4-set battle.
Friday’s match between Purdue and Illinois is not just a battle of two unbeatens and two Top 25 teams, it is a clash of two of the nation’s best student sections – The Boiler Block and Spike Squad and the latest matchup in a series of close contests.