Oct. 4, 2010
Faces of the Big Ten
Kristen Arthurs, Purdue
Sr., MB, Newport, Mich.
For the last three years, Kristen has participated in the Special Friends program at Klondike Elementary school. The program pairs up each volunteer with a child that has been identified as needing a little extra help. Volunteers then go to the school and meet with their child one day a week and spend time with them whether it be just talking to them, playing games, helping them with their home work or eating lunch with them. Kristen also is in the process of being trained to be a hospice volunteer, which will give her another venue to give back to the community and make a difference in people’s lives.
Entering the third week of conference action, Illinois remains the final undefeated Big Ten squad. On Saturday, Illinois faced Northwestern in a battle of 3-0 conference teams. The teams played a classic five-set match won by the Illini. With the Illini atop the standings at 4-0, four conference teams trail close behind with 3-1 mark as Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State are just one game back. This week, six conference matchups will be produced for a national audience, beginning with Wednesday’s matchup between Minnesota and Iowa.
Where We Rank
Seven Big Ten teams were mentioned in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, including five conference squads ranked among the top 25. Each conference squad either remained steady or moved up in the rankings from the previous week. Maintaining its position at No. 4 was Penn State, while Illinois moved up one spot to No. 6. Minnesota, Michigan and Northwestern also moved up one spot each, with Gophers now at No. 16, the Wolverines at No. 18, and Northwestern at No. 24. Ohio State and Purdue also received votes in this week’s poll.
Pack the House
Big Ten fans continue their strong support for conference volleyball during the 2010 season. Four Big Ten schools rank in the top 10 nationally in attendance, headed up by No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 4 Penn State. With Minnesota and Illinois also in the top 10, the Big Ten has the most schools of any conference ranked among the top 10 in attendace thus far this season.
This and That
Illinois’ Laura DeBruler became the program’s all-time leader in kills last weekend. DeBruler has 1,804 kills, breaking the old mark of 1,761 … Teammate Johannah Bangert set the Illinois career blocks record with 565, bettering the old mark of 562. Both records were held by Mary Eggers … Northwestern’s win at Wisconsin was the Wildcats’ first in Madison since 1985 … Penn State extended its home winning streak to 82 matches with wins over the weekend.
Five Big Ten volleyball student-athletes were named candidates for the inaugural 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for volleyball. The award will be given annually to outstanding seniors who have demonstrated excellence in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition. Illinois’ Laura DeBruler, Michigan’s Lexi Zimmerman, Minnesota’s Lauren Gibbemeyer, Northwestern’s Sabel Moffett and Penn State’s Arielle Wilson were listed among the 30 candidates, which will be narrowed to 10 midway through the season.
Got You Covered
This season, Big Ten women’s volleyball will enjoy extensive television coverage, with 25 matches being broadcast nationally. The Big Ten Network is televising 22 conference volleyball matchups, while ESPN2 will showcase three contests this season. Additionally, the Big Ten Network will stream numerous matches online at www.bigtennetwork.com.
Also, for up to the minute news and notes on Big Ten volleyball, log on to the Big Ten Volleyball Blog at http://www.bigten.org/blog/volleyball/ or follow on Twitter at @BigTenDan.