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2014-15 Big Ten Volleyball Matchups Set

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Big Ten schools on Monday revealed a breakdown of their opponents for the 2014-15 Big Ten volleyball  season. The 14 Big Ten teams will compete in an 20-game conference schedule, playing seven teams both home and away and six teams once. Each team will play 10 home and 10 away matches.

Below is the breakdown of each team's single play opponents. Dates, times and television information will be announced at a later date.

ILLINOIS
Home: Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue
Away: Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

INDIANA
Home:  Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin
Away: Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern
Home/Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers

IOWA
Home: Illinois, Indiana, Purdue
Away: Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers
Home/Away: Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

MARYLAND
Home: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State
Away: Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers

MICHIGAN
Home: Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern
Away: Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin

MICHIGAN STATE
Home: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Away: Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State
Home/Away: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers

MINNESOTA
Home: Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers
Away: Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin

NEBRASKA
Home: Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue
Away: Minnesota, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State

NORTHWESTERN
Home: Indiana, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Away: Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue

OHIO STATE
Home: Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern
Away: Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers, Wisconsin

PENN STATE
Home: Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers
Away: Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin
Home/Away: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State

PURDUE
Home: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State
Away: Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska
Home/Away: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Rutgers, Wisconsin

RUTGERS
Home: Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska
Away: Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State
Home/Away: Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, WIsconsin

WISCONSIN
Home: Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State
Away: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern
Home/Away: Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Purdue, Rutgers
Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer became the sixth winner of the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award, as he took home the 2014 honor on Saturday. Zimmerer becomes the third Big Ten student-athlete to win the trophy, joining fellow Husker Rex Burkhead (2012) and Penn State's Eric Shrive (2013). The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. Zimmerer will be presented the trophy at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

Uplifting Athletes Release


Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer was named one of five finalists for the 2014 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. The winner will be presented at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, 2014, at Revel Casino in Atlantic City. Big Ten student-athletes have won the past two Rare Disease Champion awards, as Penn State's Eric Shrive took home the honor last season and Nebraska's Rex Burkhead was tabbed the winner in 2012.

To read more about Zimmerer's cause, click here.
To vote for Zimmerer through Jan. 31, click here.

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 20 - Conference Championships

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one solo tackle, one sack and one forced fumble in Seattle's 23-17 win over San Francisco

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 43 yards and tallied 13 receiving yards in the Broncos' 26-16 defeat of the Patriots

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Led the team with 14 tackles, including six solo, one sack and one forced fumble in San Francisco's 23-17 loss to Seattle

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 277 yards on 24-of-38 passing and one touchdown in the Patriots' 26-16 loss to the Broncos

Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos (Minnesota) - Caught five passes for 73 yards, averaging 14.6 yards per catch, in Denver's 26-16 win over New England

Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots (Illinois) - Reeled in two catches for 33 yards, averaging 16.5 yards per catch, in New England's 26-16 loss to Denver

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State)
- Registered two solo tackles and a sack in the Broncos' 26-16 victory over the Patriots

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted four tackles and a pass deflection in the 49ers' 23-17 loss to the Seahawks

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks (Wisconsin) - Threw for 215 yards on 16-of-25 passing and one touchdown in the Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers

Five Big Ten men's soccer players were selected in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Indiana's A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov, Michigan's Fabio Pereira, Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Wisconsin's AJ Cochran were all drafted by MLS clubs.

Corrado was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes with the No. 47 overall pick in the MLS draft. He led the Hoosiers in assists (7) and tied for the team lead with 13 points. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was a Capital One Academic All-America third team selection.

Kotlov was named to the Portland Timbers with the 73rd overall pick. He finished his senior year tied for the team lead in goals (five), while also adding three assists. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick and earned first-team honors in 2011.

Pereira was a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS draft. He ended his career as Michigan's career leader in shots with 194, second in assists (22), eighth in points (48) and ninth in goals (13). He was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2013.

Cope was drafted 25th overall in the MLS SuperDraft to the Philadelphia Union. The center back helped the Spartans pace the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17), and also scored two goals with two assists this season. He contributed to nine shutouts, was named first-team All-Big Ten and was an NSCAA third-team All-American selection.

Cochran was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Dynamo. He anchored a back line that earned seven shutouts during the season, while also scoring three goals. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree and first-team NSCAA All-American.

Four Big Ten women's soccer players were selected in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League College Draft, including three in the first round. Illinois' Vanessa DiBernardo, Michigan's Nkem Ezurike, Nebraska's Jordan Jackson and Penn State's Maya Hayes will all continue their careers professionally.

DiBernardo was drafted by the Chicago Red Stars with the No. 4 overall pick, becoming the highest drafted member of the Fighting Illini in school history. A three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, DiBernardo scored seven goals and tallied a career-high seven assists during her senior campaign, helping Illinois reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. She was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American.

Ezurike was selected eighth overall by the Boston Breakers. She is the Wolverines' all-time leader in goals (49) and points (118). The first-team All-Big Ten selection scored 15 goals and issued 10 assists during her senior year, helping Michigan advance to the Elite Eight. Ezurike also became the first player in program history to receive an NSCAA All-America first team honor.

Jackson was selected by the Houston Dash with the No. 28 overall pick in the NWSL draft. The 2013 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year collected 30 points last season, including nine goals and a conference-best 12 assists. She also earned NSCAA Scholar All-America honors and helped the Cornhuskers win the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament title.

Hayes was drafted sixth overall by Sky Blue FC. A three-time NSCAA All-American, Hayes scored a team-high 19 goals and collected six assists last season. She was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American honoree and earned back-to-back Big Ten Forward of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012.


 

Indiana's Thompson Named to Soccer America All-Freshman Team

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Indiana's Tommy Thompson was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, the organization announced Wednesday. Thompson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, collected 13 points during his debut season, scoring five goals and recording three assists. He led the Hoosiers in shots (56) and helped Indiana win its 12th Big Ten Tournament title.

For the complete Soccer America All-Freshman teams, click here.

Two Big Ten Student-Athletes Earn Soccer America MVP Honors

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Soccer America announced its 2013 Men's Soccer MVPs on Wednesday, with Wisconsin's AJ Cochran and Michigan State's Kevin Cope earning honors. Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the first team after leading a backline that held opposing offenses to 1.29 goals per game. Starting all 21 matches, he scored three goals and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Cope was named to the second team after contributing to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17). He scored two goals and collected two assists in helping lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

2013 Men's MVPs
First Team
AJ Cochran, Wisconsin

Second Team
Kevin Cope, Michigan State

Big Ten in the NFL - Week 19 - Divisional Playoff Round

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Cliff Avril, DE, Seattle Seahawks (Purdue) - Notched one tackles, one pass deflection and 0.5 sacks in Seattle's 23-15 win over New Orleans

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos (Wisconsin)
- Rushed for 52 yards in Denver's 24-17 victory over San Diego

NaVorro Bowman, LB, San Francisco 49ers (Penn State) - Tied for the team lead with 11 tackles, including two for loss, and a sack in the 49ers' 23-10 win over the Panthers

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (Michigan) - Threw for 198 yards on 13-of-25 passing and no interceptions in the Patriots' 43-22 defeat of the Colts

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (Purdue) - Threw for 309 yards on 24-of-43 passing and one touchdown in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, New England Patriots (Nebraska) - Notched two tackles, two interceptions and four pass deflections in New England's 43-22 win over Indianapolis

Ted Ginn, WR, Carolina Panthers (Ohio State) - Tallied 104 yards on four catches, including a long of 59 yards, in the Panthers' 23-10 loss to the 49ers

Malcolm Jenkins, S, New Orleans Saints (Ohio State) - Posted five tackles, including one for loss, in the Saints' 23-15 loss to the Seahawks

Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers (Illinois) - Registered five tackles, including four solo and one for loss, in San Diego's 24-17 loss to Denver

Mario Manningham, WR, San Francisco 49ers (Michigan) - Reeled in three catches for 30 yards in the 49ers' 23-10 victory over the Panthers

Kawann Short, DT, Carolina Panthers (Purdue) - Recorded five tackles in Carolina's 23-10 loss to San Francisco

Kevin Vickerson, DT, Denver Broncos (Michigan State) - Registered six solo tackles, including one for loss, and a pass deflection in Denver's 24-17 win over San Diego

Donte Whitner, S, San Francisco 49ers (Ohio State) - Posted two solo tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in San Francisco's 23-10 defeat of Carolina

Three Big Ten women's soccer players were named to the Soccer America All-Freshman teams, the organization announced Wednesday.

Nebraska's Jaycie Johnson was named to the first team after collecting 36 points during the season, including 17 goals and two assists. She was also named to the All-Big Ten second team after helping the Cornhuskers claim the Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten Tournament title.

Rose Lavelle of Wisconsin earned a first-team nod after scoring six goals and tallying seven assists. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year helped the Badgers finish the season with a 10-7-2 record.

Michigan's Madisson Lewis finished the season with six goals and nine assists, earning a spot on the All-Freshman team. Lewis helped the Wolverines reach the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament and finish with an 18-4-1 mark.

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