Sept. 10, 2013
Park Ridge, Ill. -
Big Ten Weekly Release
BIG TEN MEDAL OF HONOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPOTLIGHT – Penn State’s Michele Robinson: Michele Robinson became the first Penn State female to collect the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 1992. A four-year letterwinner for the Nittany Lions, Robinson’s teams compiled a 140-18 (.890) record during her collegiate career, winning conference championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990. She was a two-time Academic all-conference selection. Following her collegiate career, Robinson spent four years in the U.S. Navy, where she competed nationally and internationally on the All-Navy and All-Armed Forces Volleyball Team.
First Serve: The Big Ten compiled a 27-4 record (.871 winning percentage) last weekend, including an 11-0 effort on Friday night. Eight conference teams were undefeated last week as Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin went 3-0, while Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue won two matches each. The Wolverines, Gophers, Buckeyes and Badgers are undefeated and every Big Ten team holds at least a .600 winning percentage after two weeks of play.
MVP! MVP!: Four Big Ten standouts earned Most Valuable Player honors at their respective tournaments over the weekend. Minnesota’s Tori Dixon (Diet Coke Classic), Northwestern’s Stephanie Holthus (Wildcat Challenge), Ohio State’s Kaitlyn Leary (FSU Invitational) and Wisconsin’s Courtney Thomas (North Dakota State Invitational) each earned top honors, while 14 other conference players were named All-Tournament Team performers.
Record Setting Nine: The Big Ten boasts nine teams ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, the first time a conference has had nine teams appear in the top 25 in the poll’s 21-year history. Last week, the Big Ten tied the previous high of eight teams in the top 25, which the Pac-12 set on Sept. 9, 2009. Penn State leads the way for ranked conference squads, coming in at No. 3. Minnesota and Michigan join the Nittany Lions in the top 10, checking in at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively. Nebraska sits at No. 12, followed by No. 13 Ohio State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 15 Michigan State, No. 22 Purdue and No. 25 Wisconsin. The Buckeyes jumped 10 spots from last week’s poll, while the Spartans moved up five spots. The Badgers enter the top 25 for the first time this season.