Nov. 24, 2009
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FACES OF THE BIG TEN
Johannah Bangert, Illinois
Jr., Washington, Mo.
From the time she knew how to talk, Johannah Bangert knew she wanted to follow her mother, a kindergarten teacher, into the field of education. The mathematics major loves working with high schoolers and plans to teach math and coach at the high school level following her career in volleyball. In addition to her success in volleyball, Bangert qualified for state all four years in high school in either the long or the triple jump and still holds the Washington (Mo.) High School record in both events.
Lucky Number Seven
Penn State clinched its seventh straight and 13th overall Big Ten title with wins against Purdue and Indiana over the weekend. The Nittany Lions guaranteed themselves at least a share of the crown with a 3-1 win against the Boilermakers on Friday, then clinched the championship outright with a sweep over Indiana on Saturday. The streak is the longest in Big Ten history and 13 overall titles also ranks first in the conference.
The Pursuit of Perfection
Penn State looks to become the seventh team in conference history to go 20-0 during Big Ten play and the only squad to accomplish the feat in three consecutive years. Ohio State was the first team to do it in 1991, the first year the Big Ten schedule increased to 20 matches. Penn State recorded its first perfect Big Ten record in 1998, then again in 1999 before reaching the milestone in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Perfect conference records have also been recorded by Purdue in 1983 (13-0), and Illinois in 1986 (18-0) and 1988 (18-0).
On the Tube
In addition to two matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network this week, Big Ten volleyball will be showcased on national television two other times. ESPN News will air the NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship Selection Show on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The next night, the Big Ten Network will have the exclusive announcement of the 2009 All-Big Ten Volleyball teams and individual awards on the Big Ten Women’s Show at 10 p.m. ET.
Big Ten Polling Place
The Big Ten continues to boast four teams ranked in the top 15 of the AVCA Coaches Poll, led by No. 1 Penn State. Illinois is No. 5 for the fourth straight week, making the Big Ten the only conference with two top-five teams. With No. 12 Michigan and No. 13 Minnesota, the Big Ten is one of just two conferences with four top-15 teams.
Penn State extended its winning streak to 94 matches over the weekend, which is second in NCAA history among all sports. Penn State also increased its conference win streak to 63 matches and its road winning streak to 49 straight contests.
Penn State senior Megan Hodge was named volleyball’s ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year, CoSIDA announced on Monday. She is the second consecutive Big Ten player to win the award, following her former teammate Christa Harmotto, who earned the honor last season. A business major with a 3.45 GPA, Hodge is a two-time Academic All-American.
Big Ten volleyball is enjoying vast coverage this season with 23 matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network, ESPN2 and ESPNU. In addition, 21 more are being streamed on www.BigTenNetwork.com. Complete broadcast information is found on Page 5.
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