Category Archives: 2010 Season

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Wins BTN “Women’s Team of the Year”

BTN (previoiusly known as the Big Ten Network) put on its fourth annual BTN awards show Monday night — the “best of Big Ten sports in 2010-11, hosted by Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo.  We were pleased to see that the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team, which won its fourth consecutive NCAA Championship in 2010, was recognized as the Women’s Team of the Year (over  the Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse team, which won the 2011 NCAA Championship, and the Wisconsin Women’s Hockey team, which won the 2011 NCAA Championship).

Although this is a site for fans of Penn State Women’s Volleyball, congratulations also are in order for Cael Sanderson and his Penn State Wrestling Team, which was named Men’s Team of the Year.  A very nice two-fer.

For the complete list of winners and nominees, Click Here.

Big Ten Tall Tales III: Blocking Leaders (2003 to 2010)

This is Part III of a three-part series — Big Ten Tall Tales, in which we have compiled statistics on the height of the top hitters and blockers (statistically speaking) in the Big Ten from 2003 through 2010, along with their statistics for each year. We started with 2003 because that is the earliest year…Continue Reading

Big Ten Tall Tales II: Kills Leaders (2003 to 2010)

Photo courtesy of Tom Hilton, Wikimedia Commons   This is Part II of a three-part series — Big Ten Tall Tales, in which we have compiled statistics on the height of the top hitters and blockers (statistically speaking) in the Big Ten from 2003 through 2010, along with their statistics for each year.  We started with 2003 because…Continue Reading

Big Ten Tall Tales I: Hitting Percentage Leaders (2003 to 2010)

Photo courtesy of Acroterion, Wikimedia Commons. Although volleyball success requires much more than height — hard play, quality swings, and good blocking technique come in all sizes — after we read that someone had compiled statistics on the height of the top-ranked players (statistically speaking) in the Big Ten, Pac 10, and Big Twelve conferences…Continue Reading

All-Big Ten Setters from 2000 to 2010

    The 2010 season was a great one for setters in the Big Ten: Michigan’s Lexi Zimmerman, Purdue’s Jaclyn Hart, and Illinois’ Hillary Haen all made First-Team All-Big Ten. Though Penn State’s Kristin Carpenter did not make the All-Big Ten First Team or receive Honorable Mention (the only year during the period 2000 to 2010 that…Continue Reading

Student-Athlete Alyssa D’Errico Keeps “Student” First

From The Daily News, January 20, 2011.   D’Errico invited to train with national team “Winning four NCAA championships can certainly get you noticed.  Alyssa D’Errico can attest to that. The former Byron-Bergen star and current Penn State senior recently received an invitation to train with the United States national women’s volleyball team during the winter…Continue Reading

Video Jukebox Xmas Extra: Blair, Russ, Deja, Katie, Arielle & Alyssa

  Photo courtesy of Frederic Pasteleurs, Wikipedia Commons Video Jukebox The Big Ten Network has posted four videos on Penn State’s 2010 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship — three are interviews following the Cal match, and a fourth with Blair Brown prior to the start of the Finals in Kansas City.  Here are some quotes (followed by the full videos): Blair Brown, Deja McClendon, and Katie Slay on…Continue Reading

Women’s Sports: Media (Coverage) Matters

  Last week was an extraordinary one for women’s sports: the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team won its 4th Consecutive NCAA National Championship  (Penn State won the championship in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 — no other school has managed more than two consecutive Division 1 NCAA Women’s Volleyball titles), and the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team…Continue Reading