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.
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.
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.
Danielle Hart filled in for an injured Grace Loberg and scored 14 points for Wisconsin in a sweep of Rutgers.
The 3rd-ranked Badgers notched a victory in 4 sets against Illinois State in Marquette Invitational action Saturday morning.
Big Ten opening night was one of lopsided victories, as 8th-ranked Minnesota shocked 7th-ranked Penn State in straight sets and 3rd-ranked Wisconsin showed out with a sweep of Ohio State.
Sydney Hilley dished out a balanced and efficient offense to lead #3 Wisconsin to a sweep of North Texas.
All 14 Big Ten volleyball teams are in action this weekend, with Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue and Rutgers playing at home. Conference teams will participate in six AVCA top-20 matchups.