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More teams sidelined than playing this weekend as COVID-19 disturbs Big Ten volleyball season

More teams sidelined than playing this weekend as COVID-19 disturbs Big Ten volleyball season

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Steven M. Sipple, Parker Gabriel and Chris Basnett run down the details in the Journal Star's reporting that Nebraska is attempting to open its 2022 football season in Ireland against Northwestern and hurdles that may still remain. Also, the men's basketball program continues to struggle and fights its way toward the end of a brutal stretch of games. Plus, some talk about Teddy Allen's 41-point performance earlier this week and the No. 4 volleyball program's weekend series against No. 1 Wisconsin getting postponed. 

Several programs not being able to play matches for COVID-19 reasons means that just three of the seven scheduled series in Big Ten Conference volleyball will be played this week.

The Big Ten features four teams ranked in the top 10 of the coaches’ association poll — Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Penn State — but none of those teams will play this week.

Nebraska’s matches against Wisconsin scheduled for Friday and Saturday were postponed Thursday. The Badgers are now on a two-week pause due to a number of COVID-19 cases in their program.

The Minnesota-Michigan series was postponed for COVID-19 reasons within the Michigan program, and the Illinois-Michigan State series was postponed for COVID-19 reasons within the Michigan State program.

On Friday morning a fourth series was postponed, when Maryland determined it wasn't safe to play Penn State on Saturday and Sunday due to COVID-19 reasons within the Maryland program.

The series still scheduled to play are Iowa-Northwestern, Ohio State-Rutgers and Indiana-Purdue. Indiana and Purdue played the first match of their series Tuesday and are scheduled to play again Sunday.

Nebraska, which has had two series postponed this season, is scheduled to play Illinois next weekend. The Huskers have a 7-1 record and are ranked No. 4.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7435 or bwagner@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsWagner.

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