Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Release - Oct. 22
Oct. 22, 2013
Rosemont, Ill. -
Attached you will find the Big Ten volleyball weekly release, complete with updated standings, statistics, news and notes from around the conference.
First Serve: After the fourth week of Big Ten play, Penn State sits atop the conference standings at 7-1. Michigan State, Minnesota and Nebraska follow at 6-2, while Wisconsin has posted a 5-3 mark. The conference slate continues this week with five top-25 tilts and 10 of the 12 matches on BTN or BTDN.
Where We Rank: Ten Big Ten teams received recognition in this week’s AVCA Coaches’ poll, including eight in the top 25, which leads all conferences. The Big Ten is led by No. 2 Penn State, followed by No. 7 Minnesota, No. 10 Michigan State, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 17 Michigan, No. 21 Purdue and No. 24 Ohio State. Illinois and Northwestern are also receiving votes. The Nittany Lions jumped two spots in the poll, while the Wildcats earned recognition for the first time this season.
Reppin’ in the RPI: According to the latest RPI report released by the NCAA on Monday, 10 Big Ten teams appear in the top 50, the most among all conferences. Penn State leads the way at No. 2, followed by No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 12 Minnesota, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 25 Illinois, No. 27 Michigan, No. 33 Ohio State, No. 35 Purdue and No. 42 Northwestern.
Top-25 Tilts: So far this season, 21 of the 48 conference matches have featured two teams in the top-25 (44 percent). Twenty-seven of the 48 tilts (56 percent) have featured two squads ranked or receiving votes in the national poll. Additionally, six of those matches have been top-10 battles. Penn State is 4-1 against ranked teams in conference play, while Minnesota and Nebraska are 4-2. Wisconsin will end this week having played seven consecutive matches against squads ranked or receiving votes, while Minnesota will have faced six in a row.
Rose-y Record: Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose earned his 1,107th career victory Sunday afternoon as No. 4 Penn State swept Northwestern, 3-0. With the triumph, Rose moved into second on the NCAA Division I all-time wins list. Rose has been at the helm of the Nittany Lions for 35 seasons, accumulating a 1,107-177 (.862) career record and leading Penn State to 15 Big Ten titles and five national crowns, including four straight from 2007-10.