August 27, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers players celebrate their winning match point at Rec Hall. Minnesota defeated Oregon 3 games to 2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Volleyball: Regionals Recap


The regionals of the 2012 Women’s Volleyball Tournament kicked off on Friday. Six Big Ten teams made it to regionals. However, not all six teams made it to the quarterfinals because two matches were against Big Ten foes.

August 27, 2011; State College, PA, USA; Penn State setter Micha Hancock (12) serves the ball against Southern California at Rec Hall. Penn State defeated Southern California 3 sets to 2. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s a look at how each Big Ten team fared in the regionals of the tournament:

#1 Penn State Nittany Lions (33-2) - In their regionals match, the Nittany Lions played the #16 Kentucky Wildcats. Penn State defeated Kentucky in three sets, 25-18, 25-21, and 25-12. Penn State’s offense was led by Ariel Scott who had eleven kills in the match. Micha Hancock also had 28 assists for the Nittany Lions. They will face off against #8 Minnesota in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

#4 Nebraska Cornhuskers (26-6) – The Cornhuskers went up against the #13 Washington Huskies in their regionals match on Friday night. They defeated Washington in three sets, 25-14, 25-21, and 25-23. Offensively, Nebraska got a solid night from Gina Mancuso. Mancuso had a total of 14 kills in the match. Lauren Cook and Hannah Werth also had a good match. Cook had 36 assists while Werth had 22 digs. The Cornhuskers will play #5 Oregon in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

#8 Minnesota Golden Gophers (27-7) - Minnesota faced the Purdue Boilermakers in their regional match of the tournament. They defeated Purdue in four sets, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23, and 25-21. The Golden Gophers had four players with double-digit kills and three of those players had double-digit digs. The players with double-digits in both stats were Katherine Harms (15 kills and 10 digs), Daly Santana (16 kills and 14 digs), and Ashley Wittman (14 kills and 12 digs). Minnesota will play top-seeded Penn State in the quarterfinals.

Purdue Boilermakers (23-11) - Purdue went up against #8 Minnesota in the regionals of the tournament on Friday. However, their season ended after losing in four sets. The Boilermakers were led offensively by Ariel Turner. Turner recorded a team-high 25 kills in the match. Rachel Davis was the facilitator with 50 assists. Purdue is the second team to be knocked out of the tournament so far.

Michigan Wolverines (2l-11) – Michigan faced off against Big Ten and interstate rival Michigan State in the regionals on Friday night. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans in three sets, 25-16, 26-24, and 26-24. Jennifer Cross and Lexi Erwin both recorded double-digit kills for Michigan. Cross recorded 12 kills while Erwin led the team with 17 kills. They will play #2 Stanford in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Michigan State Spartans (25-10) - Michigan State went up against Michigan in their regionals match. However, the Spartans could not pull out the win. Lauren Wicinski led the team with 14 kills and Alexis Mathews had a team-high five total blocks. Michigan State became the third Big Ten team to get bounced of the tournament thus far.

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