Penn State Weekend Sports Roundup
Even though there was no Penn State Football this weekend, the rest of Penn State’s sports teams found success in their respective contests with each team coming away with at least one win this weekend. Below is a more detailed roundup of the teams that played this weekend.
Women’s Volleyball: Top-ranked women’s volleyball fell to No. 15 Michigan State Friday night 3-2 in its first Big Ten game of the season. Despite leading 20-15 during the first set, Michigan State used a 7-3 run to come back to win the set 25-23. In the second set, Penn State led Michigan State 23-19, but Michigan State came back after a kill and two blocks to win 26-24.
Penn State led Michigan State the entire third set to win the set 25-19, capitalizing off an early ace from Dominique Gonzalez and a kill from Megan Courtney. In the fourth set, Penn State had a 16-11 lead after blocks from Nia Grant and Deja McClendon, which led to a 25-19 win. Penn State was down 9-8 in the fifth set, but Michigan State pulled ahead to win the final set 15-9.
Saturday night, the women’s volleyball team hoped to rebound against No. 10 Michigan. In the first set, Michigan trailed 17-14, but Penn State pulled away after an ace from Dominique Gonzalez, a kill from Megan Courtney, and an error from Michigan. Michigan tried to stop the momentum with a timeout, but Penn State came back out with three back-to-back kills from Micha Hancock, Nia Grant and Courtney. Penn State won the set 25-16.
The second set was tied up at 19, but Michigan State had four kills to go up 24-19 and eventually win the set 25-20. Michigan and Penn State were tied at 8 in the third set, but Penn State went ahead to 19-13, which resulted in a 25-19 set win. Penn State started out strong in the fourth set leading 17-7 and back-to-back kills from Courtney and Ariel Scott gave Penn State the 25-17 set and a win over Michigan.
Field Hockey: Saturday, the field hockey team faced Miami (OH) in Bloomington, Indiana. Miami scored early after a breakaway led to a one-on-one with goalie Kylie Licata. In the 29th minute, Whitney Reddig had a penalty corner. Taylor Herold passed the ball across the goal to Ashtin Klinger, who shot the ball behind the goalie.
Both teams exchanged shots early in the second period. Penn State had a penalty corner in the 48th minute from Whitney Reddig. A foul by Ohio prevented a likely goal, giving Penn State a penalty stroke. Brittany Grzywacz took the shot, and scored the goal giving Penn State a 2-1 win.
Penn State opened Big Ten play against Indiana on Sunday. Penn State started the scoring off early, with a goal from Ashtin Klinger off a rebound into the right corner of the goal. Nearing the 20 minute mark, Laura Gebhart passed the ball off the corner and Abby Furhman scored into the right of the cage.
Twelve minutes into the second half, Taylor Herold scored off a rebound into the right of the cage. Just over a minute later, Ashtin Klinger shot into the left of the cage to give Penn State a 4-0 over Indiana.
Women’s Soccer: No. 8 Penn State took on Indiana at Jeffrey Field on Sunday. In the sixth minute, Kori Chapic passed the ball to Emily Hurd who crossed the ball to Raquel Rodriguez. Rodriguez headed the ball in from 10 yards out to put Penn State up 1-0.
Indiana tied up with a header of its own in the 25th minute. Hurd had her second assist of the day with a pass to Tani Costa, who ripped a shot that beat the ‘keeper from 12 yards out. Hurd had a goal of her own in the 59th minute from the 18 yard box. In the 82nd minute, Taylor Schram sent a through ball to Maya Hayes, who beat her defender and shot from 12 yards out, scoring her 12th goal of the season. Penn State won 4-1.
Men’s soccer: The men’s soccer team faced Wisconsin at Jeffrey Field on Sunday for its Big Ten opener. In the 10th minute, Mike Robinson crossed the ball to Martin Seller who headed the ball in from 13 yards out. In the 31st minute, a Wisconsin midfielder dribbled through the Penn State defense and drilled a shot into in the left corner of the goal to score the equalizer.
The second half started off slow, but Penn State eventually scored in the 77th minute after a bad touch by a Wisconsin defender. In the 82nd minute, Connor Maloney passed the ball to Randy Falk who crossed the ball to Eli Dennis. Dennis shot in the right side of the goal to put Penn State up 3-1, which would be the final score.
Women’s Golf: The women’s golf team participated in the Nittany Lion Invitational this weekend, which resulted in a season high finishes for the team. Ellen Ceresko finished in fourth place, ending one over par with 217 strokes. Christina Vosters finished in fifth place, after posting a 74 in the third round of the invitational. Catherine Herrera finished with a seventh place tie.
Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team faced Navy on Friday for the Navy All-Conference Tournament. Penn State went 4-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles without dropping a set. On Saturday, Penn State faced Princeton, where they went 5-0 in singles and 1-1 on doubles. Sunday was Penn State’s toughest match against Indiana where they went 2-2 in singles and 1-1 in doubles. Roman Trkulja was named Flights Champion for the Singles at the Navy All-Conference Tournament after going 2-1 on the weekend.
Penn State was without five of its players who were participating in the ITA All-American Championships. Thomas Hanzlik, Marc Collado Castells and Alex Fennell all won their pre-qualifying matches on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s matches. Michael Reilly lost his pre-qualifier on Saturday.
Hanzlik won another pre-qualifier against the No. 10 seed in the draw, as well as two other matches on Sunday. Castells and Fennell lost their matches on Sunday. Reilly was awarded a pre-qualifying bonus match, which he won. Hanzlik has one final pre-qualifier on Monday. With a win, Hanzlik will move onto the Qualifying Singles Draw, which is later Monday. Russell Bader starts his action on Monday in the Qualifying Singles Draw.