Big Ten Volleyball Weekly Release - Nov. 9, 2009

Wisconsins Kelsey Maloney overcame a difficult end to her high school career and is now making an impact with the Badgers.

Wisconsins Kelsey Maloney overcame a difficult end to her high school career and is now making an impact with the Badgers.

Nov. 9, 2009

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Kelsey Maloney, Wisconsin
Fr., Centreville, Va.

Kelsey Maloney missed most of her final two seasons of high school volleyball, but that hasn’t stopped the 6-3 middle blocker. Maloney got Lyme disease her junior year of high school and missed nearly an entire year of playing. She played her senior season at Westfield High School, earning All-Region honors, but the following January, she injured her back and missed her final season of club volleyball. Maloney redshirted her freshman season at Wisconsin but this year, she has played in 35 sets for the Badgers. Click HERE to read more about Kelsey.

Big Ten Polling Place
The Big Ten once again claims four teams in the top 15 of the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, which is tied with the Pac-10 for the lead among all conferences. Penn State leads the nation as the unanimous No. 1, followed by No. 5 Illinois, making the Big Ten the only conference with two top-five programs. Also ranked are No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Michigan. Ohio State is receiving votes outside the top 25.

Three Big Ten teams hit the 20-wins marker over the weekend, giving the conference four 20-win squads so far this season. At 20-3, Illinois has 20 wins for the second straight season, while Michigan’s 20-6 mark gives the Wolverines 20 victories for the fourth straight year. With a 20-7 record, Ohio State has 20 wins for the first time since 2006. Penn State recorded its 20th victory of the season on Oct. 17, and has reached the mark every year since joining the Big Ten in 1991. With one more triumph, Minnesota would give the Big Ten five 20-win teams for the eighth time in nine years.

I Love the 90s
With a pair of wins last weekend, Penn State now sits in sole possession of third place on the NCAA’s list of all-time winning streaks across all sports. The Nittany Lions have won their last 90 matches and trail only the Miami (Fla.) men’s tennis program, who won 137 straight matches from 1957-64, and the 1990-94 North Carolina women’s soccer teams, which won 92 consecutive contests.

Big Ten volleyball continues to be a national leader in fan support with five squads in the top 15 in average home attendance. Minnesota ranks third in the country, welcoming 4,153 fans per match, followed by No. 4 Wisconsin (4,025), No. 6 Penn State (2,990), No. 12 Illinois (2,315) and No. 13 Purdue (2,213). Also among the national leaders are No. 16 Michigan State (2,018), No. 27 Iowa (1,416), No. 31 Michigan (1,254) and No. 45 Ohio State (963).

Raise the Roof
The Big Ten continues to boast the nation’s toughest block with an NCAA-leading five players ranking in the top 20 in blocks per set. Illinois’ Johannah Bangert fronts the nation with a 1.70 bps average, followed by Penn State’s Arielle Wilson (4th, 1.56 bps) and Fatima Balza (17th, 1.35 bps), Northwestern’s Sabel Moffett (11th, 1.44 bps) and Minnesota’s Lauren Gibbemeyer (18th, 1.35 bps). 

Full Coverage
Big Ten volleyball is enjoying vast coverage during the 2009 season with 23 matches broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network, ESPN2 and ESPNU. In addition, 21 more matches are being streamed on The complete broadcast schedule can be found on Page 5 of this release.

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