Big Ten Women’s Volleyball has nine head-to-head Top 25 matches through next Tuesday

by | Sep 8, 2022 | Featured, Volleyball | 0 comments

• To say this week’s Big Ten Conference volleyball schedule is loaded would be a significant understatement. Big Ten teams will compete in no fewer than nine head-to-head Top 25 matches through next Tuesday, including three top-10 contests and two others involving No. 11 Stanford. The Big Ten also will participate in two conference challenges this weekend, taking on the Pac-12 at Minnesota’s Maturi Pavilion, and facing the ACC in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C.
• During the next two weeks, a pair of Big Ten programs will take the floor in matches that could challenge the NCAA regular-season single-match attendance record. No. 2 Nebraska travels to Omaha on Wednesday night (6 p.m. ET on FS1) to take on No. 17 Creighton at the 17,000-seat CHI Health Center, which is not only the site of this year’s NCAA Final Four, but also where the current NCAA attendance record was set in a match between the same two schools (14,022 on Sept. 6, 2018). On Sept. 16, No. 6 Wisconsin will take a swing at the record when it plays host to No. 16 Florida at the Kohl Center (which also seats approximately 17,000). The Badgers can not only top the overall NCAA regular season single-match attendance record, but also the mark for a campus facility (13,870 – UCLA at Nebraska on Sept. 13, 2009).
• Two Big Ten student-athletes could reach personal milestones this weekend. Nebraska senior outside hitter Madi Kubik is 18 kills shy of becoming the fourth active Big Ten player with 1,000 career kills. Also, Northwestern fifth-year libero Megan Miller needs eight digs to be the fifth active Big Ten player with 1,000 career digs. Coincidentally, Kubik and Miller were teammates at Nebraska in 2019 (helping the Huskers reach the NCAA Elite Eight) before Miller transferred to Northwestern the following year.
• Ohio State etched a spot in program history last Sunday with its 3-1 victory at then-No. 3 Louisville. Not only did it snap the Cardinals’ 24-match home winning streak, but it was also the highest-ranked non-conference opponent the Buckeyes have ever defeated. OSU is in the midst of a remarkably difficult non-conference schedule that has seen the Buckeyes already play four top-15 opponents (No. 2 Texas twice, No. 3 Louisville and No. 15 San Diego), with matches against No. 10 BYU and at No. 5 Georgia Tech on tap this weekend (followed by a trip to Pittsburgh next weekend to meet Tennessee and the host/seventh-ranked Panthers).
• The Big Ten continues to lead the nation with a cumulative .770 non-conference winning percentage (57-17 record) this season. Michigan State and Northwestern are off to 6-0 starts, their best debuts since both opened similarly in 2012. Meanwhile, Michigan and Purdue are also 6-0 for the first time since they did likewise in 2018.
• Through the opening two weeks of the season, Maryland leads the nation in blocks (3.52/set), while Nebraska is tops in opponent hitting percentage (.077) and Northwestern in second nationally with a .332 hitting percentage. Individually, Michigan’s Jess Robinson is No. 1 in the land with a .568 hitting percentage, while Maryland’s Rainelle Jones is first in the nation with 2.21 blocks/set (the only player in the country averaging better than two blocks per set).
• Michigan State fired 17 service aces in its 3-1 win at Navy on Sept. 2. It was the most aces by a Big Ten squad since April 3, 2021, when Rutgers also recorded 17 aces on the road at MSU.
• For the third consecutive week, the Big Ten leads all conferences with exactly half (7) of its teams ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. Nebraska is currently ranked No. 2 (earning six first-place votes), with Minnesota up to No. 3 and Wisconsin steady at No. 6. Ohio State is holding at No. 8, with Purdue rising to No. 9, Penn State jumping to No. 20 and Illinois at No. 25. Once more, Michigan is receiving votes in the coaches’ poll.
• The Big Ten has announced the most robust volleyball television package in its history with a record-setting 55 matches scheduled for linear television coverage (47 on Big Ten Network, six on ESPN2/ESPNU, two on FS1), with the possibility of further broadcasts to be announced at a later date. In addition, all non-televised Big Ten volleyball home matches are scheduled to be broadcast live on B1G+, the Big Ten Network’s subscription streaming service (bigtenplus.com).
• On Aug. 1, the Big Ten Network announced a groundbreaking, multi-year distribution partnership with Volleyball World that will enhance the promotion and coverage of Big Ten Conference volleyball across the globe. As part of that agreement, 70+ Big Ten volleyball matches will appear worldwide on VolleyballWorld.tv. There will also be live streaming of nearly 50 televised Big Ten Network volleyball matches outside of North America and certain Caribbean islands, as well as worldwide streaming of an additional 28 matches from B1G+ inventory, with those matches airing concurrently on B1G+.
• For the 16th consecutive season, Big Ten volleyball honored more than 70 Academic All-Big Ten standouts in 2021, as a record-setting 153 volleyball student-athletes were recognized, including a pair of Academic All-America selections in first-team honoree Sydney Hilley (Wisconsin) and second-team choice Diana Brown (Illinois).

2022 Women’s Volleyball Standings

2022 Women’s Volleyball Standings
SCHOOL CONF PCT. HOME AWAY OVERALL PCT. HOME AWAY NEUTRAL STREAK
Michigan 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 2-0 W6
Michigan State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 2-0 W6
Northwestern 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 2-0 W6
Penn State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 2-0 W6
Purdue 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-0 1.000 3-0 1-0 2-0 W6
Nebraska 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 6-0 1.000 5-0 1-0 0-0 W6
Minnesota 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 3-1 .750 1-0 1-1 1-0 W1
Wisconsin 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 3-1 .750 2-0 1-1 0-0 W2
Indiana 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 4-2 .667 2-1 1-0 1-1 W2
Maryland 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 4-2 .667 2-1 1-0 1-1 L1
Rutgers 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 4-2 .667 0-0 1-1 3-1 L1
Iowa 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 2-3 .400 0-0 0-2 2-1 L3
Illinois 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 1-3 .250 0-0 1-1 0-2 L2
Ohio State 0-0 .000 0-0 0-0 1-3 .250 0-2 1-0 0-1 W1

 

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