October 7, 2011; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers (from left) libero Lara Dykstra and outside hitter Hannah Werth (44) middle blocker Brooke Delano (8) outside hitter Gina Mancuso (7) right side hitter Morgan Broekhuis (12) celebrate their win over Purdue Boilermakers in the fourth set at NU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Matt Ryerson-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Volleyball: Regionals Preview

The Regionals of the 2012 Women’s Volleyball Tournament start on Friday. Six Big Ten teams will look to advance to the quarterfinals and extend their season.

Here is a look at the Regionals for each Big Ten team:

#1 Penn State Nittany Lions (31-2) - The top-ranked Nittany Lions did not lose a single set in either of their first or second round matches. Deja McClendon recorded twelve kills in their first round match and Ariel Scott had eight kills in their second round match. Penn State will play #16 Kentucky in the Regionals. Kentucky defeated East Tennessee State and Ohio State in the first and second rounds.

August 27, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Southern California outside hitter Alex Jupiter (7) scores a point past Penn State middle hitter Ariel Scott (1) at Rec Hall. Penn State defeated Southern California 3 sets to 2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

#4 Nebraska Cornhuskers (25-6) – Just like Penn State, Nebraska did not lose a single set during their first or second round matches. Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth were big in their first round match with 12 and 11 kills respectively. Morgan Broekuis was big in their second round match with ten kills. Nebraska will play #13 Washington in the Regionals. Washington beat Central Arkansas and Hawaii in the first and second rounds.

#8 Minnesota Golden Gophers (26-7) - The Golden Gophers lost only one set in the first and second rounds. They received big games from Katherine Harms and Dana Knudsen. In their second round match against Creighton, Knudsen had eleven kills and five blocks. Minnesota will play Purdue in the Regionals. Purdue defeated Colorado State and #9 Florida State in the first and second rounds.

Purdue Boilermakers (23-10) - Purdue had a tough road in order to make it to the Regionals of the 2012 Women’s Volleyball Tournament. Ariel Turner was a big player in their first two games of the tournament.

She recorded a total of 34 kills in Purdue’s first and second round matches. Purdue will play their Regionals match against #8 Minnesota. Minnesota defeated Liberty and Creighton to make it to Regionals.

Michigan Wolverines (25-11) – The Michigan Wolverines shockingly made it to the Regionals in upset fashion. Their biggest math was their four set victory over the #10 Louisville Cardinals. Lexi Erwin recorded a shocking 50 kills in their two tournament matches. She had 26 kills against Tennessee and 24 kills against Louisville. Michigan will play Michigan State in the Regionals. Michigan State beat San Diego and #9 UCLA on their road to Regionals.

Michigan State Spartans (25-9) - Just like the Wolverines, the Spartans made it to the Regionals in upset fashion. They pulled off the upset of the tournament after beating defending champion UCLA in the second round. Lauren Wicinski came to play for MSU as she recorded a total of 42 kills during the tournament so far. Michigan State will play Michigan in the Regionals. Michigan beat Tennessee and #10 Louisville in their first two games.

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