Penn State leveled its Big Ten record after an 0-2 league start by ruining Michigan’s perfect 9-0 home record with a sweep Sunday afternoon.
All four ranked teams came out on top via sweep as No. 4 Illinois remained undefeated at 14-0, No. 5 Nebraska won its 12th straight, No. 12 Penn State recorded its first Big Ten win of the year and Michigan stayed perfect at home (9-0).
Ohio State earned the upset in 4 sets over 4th-ranked Penn State, while 8th-ranked Illinois fended off a feisty Indiana volleyball program in 5 sets to remain undefeated on the season. 5th-ranked Nebraska and 19th-ranked Michigan downed Michigan State and Iowa, 3-1, respectively to round out Big Ten opening week.
The Buckeyes have defeated the Nittany Lions twice now in the last 22 meetings dating back to the 2007 season. Both wins were earned in Columbus, Ohio.
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.
In a match filled with young talent, Minnesota senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson pushed the 8th-ranked Gophers to a sweep of #7 Penn State.
Northern Kentucky’s Haley Libs recorded her 1,000th dig last weekend, earning membership into the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig club, while seven players each reached 1,000 kills or 1,000 digs.
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.
When she transferred to Penn State after a three-year career at North Carolina, Taylor Leath was just 72 shy of 1,000 kills. On Saturday, the graduate student reached the milestone with her third putaway in Set 1 of the PSU’s match against American.
The No. 5 Penn State women’s volleyball team heads to the nation’s capital to take part in the American Volleyball Classic, co-hosted by American University and Howard University