Sept. 3, 2007
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Illinois, No. 14 Michigan and No. 3 Penn State will all stay at home to host tournaments as the third week of competition gets underway.
Can You Dig It?
Michigan senior Stesha Selsky eclipsed the 1,500 career digs mark over the weekend, now owning 1,546 saves in her career. Selsky's mark is good enough for 10th on the Big Ten's all-time list. Purdue senior Anne Mastandrea surpassed the 1,000 career digs milestone against Dayton on Friday, putting her 12 saves shy of cracking the Boilermakers' top 10 list in that category.
Welcome to the Block Party
Playing against three nationally ranked squads over the weekend, Minnesota out-blocked its opposition, 50.0-21.0. Also around the conference, Wisconsin senior Taylor Reineke moved into fifth on the Badgers' all-time stuffs list with 528 career blocks.
Penn State and Nebraska have been two of the top teams in terms of attendance for several years, but made history when they met up in Omaha on Sunday. The crowd of 13,081 at the Quest Center marks the largest volleyball-only attendance in NCAA history.
MVP Times Two
Michigan's Sarah Draves was named the MVP of the Miami (Ohio) Classic after hitting at a .509 clip in three matches as Michigan went undefeated in the tournament. Michigan State's Katie Johnson received Spartan Invitational MVP honors for the second time in her career as she finished the tournament with 42 kills, 26 digs, five blocks and six service aces.
Michigan State won its own Spartan Invitational for the seventh-consecutive time over the weekend. MSU's win over Kansas on Friday marked the 600th victory in program history.
Big Ten in the Polls
Five conference teams are ranked in the current edition of the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Poll. After getting off to the best start of any team in the Big Ten at 6-0, Michigan climbed six spots from last week, up to No. 14. Penn State leads the conference in the rankings at No. 3, while No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 12 Minnesota and No. 20 Ohio State round out the Big Ten contingent. Purdue is receiving votes outside the top 25.