Big Ten Teams Enter Final Week of Non-Conference Action

Sept. 10, 2007

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Michigan sits at a perfect 8-0 entering the final week of non-conference action. No. 3 Penn State takes on No. 2 Stanford on Saturday in the Yale Classic, highlighting the week's matchups.

Making History
Northwestern's Kate Nobilio broke the Wildcats' single-match record for a three-game contest with 31 digs against Towson on Saturday. The sophomore posted 11 saves in each of the first two games before setting the record with nine digs in the third. Also writing her name in the record books, Michigan's Katie Bruzdzinski tallied the fourth-highest kill total in Michigan history with 32 against Xavier on Friday. The senior is now second on the Wolverines' all-time kills list.

1K Kills
Three Big Ten volleyball players eclipsed the 1,000 career kills mark over the weekend. Michigan State's Ashley Schatzle reached the mark against Wofford on Friday, while Purdue's Danita Merlau and Kelli Miller each reached the mark against Florida A&M on Saturday.

Crazy Eights
Owning the best record in in the conference this season, Michigan is off to its third 8-0 start in four years. The Wolverines began the 2004 campaign 8-0, and started the 2006 season with a program-best 13-match unbeaten streak.

Coaches' Corner
With the Spartan's win over Wofford on Friday, Michigan State head coach Cathy George reached the 400 career win milestone. Also on Friday, Northwestern leader Keylor Chan earned his 100th victory with the Wildcats. Illinois' head coach Don Hardin is just two wins away from 200 with the Illini and 10 shy of 400 in his career.

How Low Can You Go?
Purdue held Furman to nine points in Game 1 on Friday, marking the first time in the 30-point era that the Boilermakes held a team to single-digit scoring. Also on Friday, Wisconsin set a school record by surrendering just 39 points in its match against Columbia, breaking the previous mark by four.

Big Ten teams went undefeated in 13 games on Friday, winning 39 of 43 games. On the week, conference squads went 27-3, allowing their opponents to take just 13 of the 103 games played.

In the Polls
Five Big Ten schools received spots in the CSTV/AVCA poll, led by No. 3 Penn State. Michigan earned its highest ranking ever at No. 10, while No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 13 Minnesota and No. 20 Ohio State also represent the conference in the top 25.