Nov. 5, 2007
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The 2007 Big Ten volleyball season is entering the home stretch with just three weekends left to play. Three conference matches will hit the national airwaves this week, beginning with Monday night's matchup between Iowa and Michigan.
Big Ten on TV
This week's Big Ten schedule features three nationally televised matches on the Big Ten Network, beginning with Monday night's contest between Iowa and Michigan in Ann Arbor live at 6 p.m. CT. The network will produce a mid-week matchup between Illinois at Wisconsin on Wednesday and air it on a same-day delay basis with broadcasts being shown that night at 10 p.m. CT and again at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday evening. The Penn State at Michigan State contest on Saturday will also reach a national television audience as the Big Ten Network will broadcast the event live at 4 p.m. CT.
Nittany Lions Nearly Flawless Down the Stretch
Penn State has been almost perfect in the second half of the Big Ten season over the last five years, owning a 34-1 record in the month of November during that time span.
Spartans Record Major Upset
Michigan State's 3-1 win over then-No. 7 Wisconsin on Friday marked the first Spartan win over a top-10 opponent in head coach Cathy George's three-year tenure at MSU. The loss was Wisconsin's first to an unranked opponent since Sept. 15, 2006.
Digging Her Way to the Top
Michigan senior Stesha Selsky is just nine digs away from becoming the third player in Big Ten history to record 2,000 saves in a career. Selsky sits in third in the conference records books with 1,991 digs in her four years with the Wolverines.
Illini Snap Home Skid
With a 3-1 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, Illinois snapped a six-match home losing skid and is now 1-6 in Big Ten games at Huff Hall. Away from home, the Illini are 6-1 in conference play.
Several Big Ten athletes are moving up on their respective schools' career stat lists, including:
- Illinois sophomore Ashley Edinger is 10th on the Illini all-time digs list with 960 and is on pace to break the single-season mark of 520, currently with 472 saves.
- Michigan senior Lyndsay Miller is tied for second on the Wolverines' all-time blocks list with 435, needing just 37 more stuffs to tie U-M's stat leader.
- Minnesota senior Jessy Jones is now fifth on her school's career blocks list with 443. Jones is five away from tying Martie Larsen (1980-83) for fourth.
- Ohio State senior Ami Stevens is third all-time in digs at Ohio State, now with 1,335 in her career.
Lynch Joins Century Club
Purdue junior Stephanie Lynch became the 20th player in Boilermaker history to reach the 1,000 career kills mark when she posted eight against Penn State on Friday. With 11 more hits against Ohio State on Sunday, Lynch has a three-year career total of 1,012.
Big Ten in the Polls
Six Big Ten teams are either ranked or are receiving votes in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll. Penn State received the top billing for the second consecutive week, while Wisconsin dropped from seventh to No. 11. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota are all receiving votes outside the top 25. The last time the Big Ten had six or more teams ranked or receiving votes was the AVCA Preseason Poll when five teams were ranked and two received votes outside the poll.