October 31, 2014

Nebraska volleyball picked 4th in Big Ten

The Nebraska volleyball team was selected to finish fourth in the Big Ten coaches’ preseason poll released Friday morning by the conference office.

The Huskers finished the 2012 season tied with Minnesota for second in the Big Ten. Nebraska welcomes 10 newcomers to the 2013 team, including All-Americans Kelsey Robinson and Mary Pollmiller. The Huskers also return All-Americans Morgan Broekhuis and Meghan Haggerty.

Defending Big Ten Champion Penn State was picked to finish first in the conference, while Minnesota was tabbed to finish second. Michigan, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season, was picked to finish third. Michigan State and Illinois rounded out the poll at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

Additionally, conference coaches selected a preseason All-Big Ten team, which featured three unanimous selections and seven returning members. Michigan State’s Lauren Wicinski, Minnesota’s Tori Dixon and Penn State’s Ariel Scott were unanimous selections. Dixon was honored for the third consecutive season, while Scott earned preseason recognition for the second year in a row. Minnesota’s Ashley Wittman, Northwestern’s Stephanie Holthus and Penn State’s Deja McClendon and Katie Slay were also three-time preseason All-Big Ten honorees, while Illinois’ Liz McMahon appeared on the list for the second consecutive year. Also on the preseason All-Big Ten list was Illinois’ Jocelynn Birks, Michigan’s Jennifer Cross, Lexi Dannemiller and Lexi Erwin and Penn State’s Megan Courtney and Micha Hancock.

2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

1.            Penn State

2.            Minnesota

3.            Michigan

4.            Nebraska

5.            Michigan State

6.            Illinois

2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Name School Yr. Position         Hometown
Jocelynn Birks Illinois So. Outside Hitter Willow Springs, Ill.
Liz McMahon (2) Illinois Jr. Outside Hitter Liberty Township, Ohio
Jennifer Cross Michigan Sr. Middle Blocker Scarborough, Ontario
Lexi Dannemiller Michigan Jr. Setter West Chester, Ohio
Lexi Erwin Michigan Sr. Outside Hitter Spring, Texas
LAUREN WICINSKI Michigan State Sr. Outside Hitter Geneva, Ill.
TORI DIXON (3) Minnesota Sr. Middle Blocker Burnsville, Minn.
Ashley Wittman (3) Minnesota Sr. Outside Hitter Shakopee, Minn.
Stephanie Holthus (3) Northwestern Sr. Outside Hitter Burlington, Ill.
Megan Courtney Penn State So. Setter/Outside Hitter Dayton, Ohio
Micha Hancock Penn State Jr. Setter Edmond, Okla.
Deja McClendon (3) Penn State Sr. Outside Hitter Louisville, Ky.
ARIEL SCOTT (2) Penn State Sr. Rightside Hitter Ridgewood, N.J.
Katie Slay (3) Penn State Sr. Middle Hitter Raleigh, N.C.