Penn State Clinches Fourth Straight Big Ten Crown

After claiming their fourth straight Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions await their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday afternoon.

After claiming their fourth straight Big Ten title, the Nittany Lions await their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday afternoon.

Nov. 26, 2006

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The fifth-ranked Penn State women's volleyball team swept Northwestern (30-21, 30-27, 30-22) Saturday night to clinch its fourth consecutive Big Ten title and its 10th in 16 years since joining the league. Even more, this championship made history as the squad became the first-ever to win four straight outright Big Ten titles. The Nittany Lions improve to 29-2 and end the conference season with an 18-2 record while the Wildcats fall to 14-15 and 8-12 in league action.

"It's a great acknowledgement for the players to win four straight Big Ten titles," said head coach Russ Rose. "At the beginning of the year I said that there was enough parity in the league that the winning team could lose two or three matches."

Penn State also captured four consecutive Big Ten titles from 1996-99 but shared the 1996 crown with Michigan State and the 1997 title with Wisconsin. The only other program to win more than two consecutive league titles was Illinois, whose 1986-88 teams captured three solo titles. Full Story