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Women's 2011 College Previews -- The Big 10 (+2)

This year, I'm introducing a new feature. Beginning with today's preview of the upcoming women's season in the Big 10 (which actually consists of 12 teams, including newcomer Nebraska), I will preview a different major NCAA Division I conference each week (roughly), leading into the season.

The Big 10 seems like a good conference to begin with, as the league not only produced last year's national champion, Penn State, but six additional schools that made the round of 16 or better (Purdue, Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana, Minnesota, and Nebraska). Plus, I went to graduate school at Michigan (which will be evident below from my lengthy preview of the Wolverines!) and have taught a couple times as a visiting professor at Wisconsin.

As seen in the following chart, I start by looking at each school's returning and non-returning statistical leaders from last year, in the categories of hitting, blocking, and digging. To define success as an attacker, I look not only at a pl…