Four Big Ten Teams Advance to NCAA Regionals
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
MICHIGAN (26-8) def. No. 13 St. Louis (29-5), 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12)
Michigan knocked off nationally ranked and 13th-seed St. Louis in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. The Wolverines came from behind in five sets to advance to regionals for the second straight season. Senior Beth Karpiak led the Michigan attack with 20 kills on .606 hitting. Michigan will face No. 4 Nebraska in Seattle, Wash., on Friday in the round of 16.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
No. 1 PENN STATE (34-0) def. Yale (21-6), 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-12)
The top-ranked Nittany Lions earned their 34th sweep of the season with a three-set victory over Yale to advance to NCAA Regionals next weekend. Junior Megan Hodge posted a match-high 14 kills on .458 hitting as Penn State combined to hit .441 as a team. The Nittany Lions will take on Western Michigan at Rec Hall next Friday.
No. 9 ILLINOIS (26-7) def. Cincinnati (27-7), 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-22)
Illinois advanced to NCAA Regional action with a sweep over Cincinnati on Saturday night. Laura DeBruler led the Illini with 18 kills and also contributed 12 digs in the effort. Illinois will face eight-seeded California in the round of 16 next Friday in University Park, Pa.
Iowa State (21-12) def. No. 6 MINNESOTA (27-7), 3-1 (14-25, 24-26, 27-25, 19-25)
Minnesota suffered a season-ending four-set loss to Iowa State in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. Katie Vatterodt and Lauren Gibbemeyer each posted 13 kills to lead the Golden Gophers in the loss.
No. 10 PURDUE (26-8) def. Middle Tennessee State (27-8), 3-2 (25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8)
The 10th-seeded Boilermakers earned their third trip to NCAA Regionals in the last four years with a five-set win over Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. Kristen Arthurs led Purdue with 15 kills, while Kelli Miller surpassed the 2,000 career digs mark with 18 saves on the night. The Boilermakers will play No. 7 Hawaii in Fort Collins, Colo., next Friday.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
Behind four Wolverines in double-digit kills, including 22 from Juliana Paz, Michigan upended host Kentucky, 3-2, in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Championship. The Wolverines advance to face St. Louis, the No. 13 seed, on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
Top-ranked Penn State swept Long Island to advance in the 2008 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. Megan Hodge and Blair Brown led the Nittany Lions with nine kills each. As a team, Penn State hit at a .371 clip while holding Long Island to a -.060 mark.
No. 9 ILLINOIS (25-7) def. UW-Milwaukee (23-9), 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-20)
Illinois held UW-Milwaukee to .017 hitting to win a straight-set effort and advance in the 2008 NCAA Volleyball Championship. Johannah Bangert led the Illini at the net with 10 block assists while Kylie McCulley paced the squad on offense with 12 kills.
No. 6 MINNESOTA (27-6) def. North Dakota State (24-4), 3-0 (25,18, 25-14, 25-14)
Minnesota won its ninth straight match, sweeping North Dakota State in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship. The win gave head coach Mike Hebert his 900th career victory, making him one of just four coaches in NCAA Division I history to reach the milestone.
No. 10 PURDUE (25-8) def. Louisville (19-11), 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 29-27, 23-25, 16-14)
Purdue snuck past Louisville in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship, winning in five sets. Five Boilermakers recorded double-digit kills as the team hit at a combined .318 mark. Stephanie Lynch led the Purdue attack with 15 kills and 10 blocks.