Weekend Sports Recap: Volleyball Dominates, Big Win for Field Hockey
Not all of Penn State’s teams suffered heartbreaking losses this weekend. Women’s volleyball dominated, field hockey came up with a big win, and women’s soccer had a successful weekend.
The women’s volleyball team bounced back after a disappointing loss to Texas last week. The ladies responded by dominating at the Hilton Garden Inn Homewood Suites Classic, where it did not lose a set all weekend. In the final game against Florida Gulf Coast, Penn State opened the match 13-2. It continued the run and ended on a kill from Deja McClendon, winning the set 25-8.
While the second set was a little closer, tied at 11-10 at one point, Penn State went on an 8-0 run and won the second set. The third set started close, tied at 10-10, but with a 5-1 rally aided by Katie Slay’s two kills, the Lions went on to win 25-17.
Field hockey had an impressive 4-3 win on Sunday against defending national champion and No. 3 ranked Princeton. With the win, Penn State also ended Princeton’s 17-game winning streak.
After Brittany Grzywacz’s opening goal early in the first half, the offense seemed to come together, scoring the second goal less than 10 minutes after the first. Princeton responded scoring before the half ended to cut Penn State’s lead to 2-1. The two goals by Penn State were the most Princeton had allowed since its NCAA Quarterfinal match in 2012.
The Nittany Lions went on to score two more goals. Taylor Herold scored her second goal of the game in the 39th minute. Ashtin Klingler promptly followed scoring just a minute after her teammate. Princeton did not go down without a fight and scored two goals within five minutes. The Lions held on to its lead and went on to win 4-3.
Women’s soccer rallied against Oklahoma State on Friday for a 4-2 win. Early in the first half Penn State was down 2-0, but a goal in the 24th minute by Kori Chapic helped the Lions start a comeback. Towards the end of the second half, Penn State scored two goals in two minutes to take their first lead of the game.
The women were back in action with another exciting 2-1 win Sunday afternoon against Tulsa. After Tulsa tied the game with four minutes left, Maya Hayes scored the winning goal with thirty seconds improving its record to 6-1-1.
Men’s soccer played a tough 1-1 draw against No. 5 California on Friday at home. Kyle MacDonald scored the lone goal for the Lions.
Cross Country: The Cross Country Team held the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at the Blue-White Golf Course Friday. The women’s team ran away with the team title, with Emily Giannotti winning an individual title. Robby Creese on the men’s team also won an individual title and the men’s team finished second.
And in other sports news: Everyone deals with heartbreak differently……sometimes it is best to just focus on what is ahead.