Oct. 22, 2007
Penn State took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings with a thrilling five-game victory over Wisconsin on Sunday. The match will be replayed on the Big Ten Network at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday. In addition, three conference matches are scheduled to hit the national airwaves this week with two contests to be televised by the Big Ten Network and another to air on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com.
Big Ten on TV
For the second consecutive week, three Big Ten volleyball matches will hit the national airwaves with competition set to air on the Big Ten Network, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com. Big Ten Network coverage begins on Wednesday as Northwestern hosts Michigan State live at 7 p.m. CT, and continues on Saturday as Ohio State travels to Minnesota in a match that will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. CT. The Golden Gophers will also play in front of a national audience on Friday as they host Penn State at 7 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN360.com and tape-delayed on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2.
Lions Halt Streaking Badgers
No. 2 Penn State defeated No. 8 Wisconsin on Sunday, ending the Badgers' winning streak at 14 matches, which marks the longest such streak in the Big Ten this season.
An Instant Classic
Penn State's gripping five-game win over Wisconsin on Sunday will be replayed on the Big Ten Network on Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET.
Badgers Pack the 'House
A crowd of 10,326 fans packed the UW Field House on Sunday to "Spike Cancer," raising $5,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Madison affiliate. The crowd marked the first Wisconsin volleyball sellout and the second-largest crowd in program history.
Hoosiers Win In-State Battle
Indiana defeated Purdue, 3-1, on the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, marking the Hoosiers' first victory over their in-state rival since 2002. After winning five conference matches in the last three years combined, Indiana currently sits at 5-5 under the guidance of first-year head coach Sherry Dunbar.
Wack Digs Up Wisconsin Record
Wisconsin senior libero Jocelyn Wack became the school's all-time digs leader against Ohio State on Friday. With 1,957 career saves to her name, Wack is tied for second on the Big Ten's all-time list, behind Minnesota's Paula Gentil who compiled 2,791 digs from 2000-05.
Big Ten Block Party
Wisconsin senior Taylor Reineke became the sixth player in Big Ten history to record 600 blocks in her career over the weekend. Her total of 604 is third all-time at Wisconsin. Across the border, Minnesota's Jessy Jones moved into seventh all-time in school history with career 419 stuffs. In Champaign, Penn State set a Huff Hall record with 25 blocks in a match including 14 by Alisha Glass, which set a rally-scoring five-game school record.
Big Ten Movers & Shakers
Unranked teams faced ranked opponents five times last week, earning a combined 3-2 record. Northwestern snapped a seven-match skid with a 3-2 win over No. 13 Minnesota on Friday, while Michigan State victimized the Gophers again on Saturday in a 3-0 sweep. Also on Saturday, Purdue defeated No. 15 Michigan in four games.
Big Ten in the Polls
Four squads earned places in the latest edition of the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll, including two teams in the top 10. Penn State is in its second week at No. 2, while Wisconsin holds steady at No. 8. Michigan dipped from No. 15 to No. 20 after going 1-1 at home last week, and Minnesota fell from No. 13 to No. 22 after suffering two road losses. Purdue is receiving votes for the first time in almost a month after winning four of its last five contests.