Sept. 24, 2007
Through the first weekend of conference play, Wisconsin, Penn State and Minnesota sit atop the Big Ten standings with 2-0 records. The Golden Gophers will make their Big Ten Network debut this week as they travel to Iowa on Wednesday to face the Hawkeyes at 7 p.m. CT.
Big Ten on TV
Minnesota and Iowa will make their Big Ten Network debuts this week as the Hawkeyes host the Gophers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT in a match that will be broadcast live across the nation. The Big Ten Network will televise over 20 regular-season matches this volleyball season while ESPN2 will broadcast three.
Penn State head coach Russ Rose became just the third Division I coach in history to reach 900 career wins when the Nittany Lions defeated Michigan State, 3-0, on Friday. Rose joins UCLA's Andy Banachowski (1,049) and Hawaii's Dave Shoji (936) as the only other coaches to have reached the milestone.
Michigan senior Katie Bruzdzinski became just the second Wolverine in program history to reach the 1,500 kill milestone as she posted 15 in U-M's 3-2 win over Illinois on Friday night. Jennifer Gandolf (2001-04) is the only other Wolverine to have reached the mark.
Beating the Streak
With a 3-2 win over Illinois on Friday, Michigan extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to 13 matches, equaling the program's best start in history. The streak was the second-longest in the nation until Wisconsin snapped it in a 3-0 win on Sunday in a match that featured the No. 9 (Wisconsin) and No. 10 (Michigan) teams in the country, live on the Big Ten Network. Michigan State held an eight-match winning streak heading into the weekend before suffering a loss to No. 3 Penn State Friday.
Can You Dig It?
The Big Ten boasted three of the nation's top 20 digs leaders entering the weekend, including two of the top 10 in Division I in Michigan's Stesha Selsky and Northwestern's Kate Nobilio. Selsky eclipsed the 30-digs plateau for the fourth time this season against Illinois with 36 saves, tying the mark for the fourth-highest digs total in a single match in school history. Selsky averaged six digs per game on the weekend.
Packing the House
The Big Ten claims six of the top 20 teams in the nation in average attendance, including three in the top 10, which marks the most of any conference. Wisconsin ranks fourth with a per-match average of more than 3,600, while Minnesota (2,770) and Penn State (2,568) are sixth and seventh, respectively. Outside the top 20, Michigan State sits at No. 21 with over 1,100 fans per match, and Iowa is 26th with an average of 963 fans per contest.
OSU's Meyer Movin' on Up
With 41 points on the weekend, Ohio State's Danielle Meyer is fourth on her school's all-time list with 1,798.5. The senior is now third all-time at OSU in kills (1,491) and fifth in blocks (392).
Big Ten Poll-ing Place
This week's edition of the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Poll features four Big Ten schools, all within the nation's top 12. Penn State is in its sixth straight week at No. 3, while Wisconsin is spending its third consecutive stint at No. 9. No. 11 Michigan dropped one spot from last week, while Minnesota holds steady at No. 12. Ohio State dropped out of the top 25 and is currently receiving votes outside the poll.