Penn State women’s volleyball got some love on the Senate floor this morning, as Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey introduced a resolution to honor the national champions.
The team won its 5th national championship in seven years in December when it took down Big Ten rival Wisconsin in four sets.
“Penn State’s women’s volleyball program is a dynasty,” said Toomey in a release. “It takes remarkable dedication, coaching and leadership to win a National Championship, let alone five in seven years. Congratulations to coach Rose, his team and Penn State University on a terrific achievement.”
“Penn State’s women’s volleyball program has once again made our entire state proud,” Casey said. “Penn State’s long record of excellence and consistency is a testament to its players, coaches and the entire community.”
The resolution reads:
Congratulating the Penn State University women’s volleyball team for winning the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship.
Whereas the Penn State University Nittany Lions won the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association (referred to in this preamble as the “NCAA”) Championship in Seattle, Wash., on Dec. 21, 2013, in a hard fought victory over the University of Wisconsin Badgers in a thrilling four set match;
Whereas the Penn State University Nittany Lions have won five of the last seven NCAA Championships and six overall in women’s volleyball, matching the Stanford University Cardinal for the most women’s volleyball championships by a single program in history;
Whereas the Penn State University Nittany Lions concluded the 2013 season with a record of 34 wins, only two losses and a 16th Big Ten conference title;
Whereas four Nittany Lions were selected for the all-tournament team and junior setter Micha Hancock was selected the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player;
Whereas head coach Russ Rose was named the 2013 National Coach of the Year and has been at the helm of the Nittany Lions women’s volleyball team for 34 seasons, never accumulating less than 22 wins in a given season;
Whereas, coach Rose and his staff depended on four seniors to lead by example on the court and in the classroom, which was best illustrated by Ariel Scott and Maggie Harding, who were awarded a pair of prestigious educational honors: Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the Senate congratulates the Penn State University women’s volleyball team as the champion of the 2013 National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship; commends the Penn State University players, coaches and staff for their hard work and dedication; and recognizes the students, alumni and loyal fans for supporting the Nittany Lions on the capturing of a record-tying sixth National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship.