No. 3 Penn State women’s volleyball improved to 15-1 thanks to a Saturday night sweep of Maryland at the Xfinity Center in College Park.
For the second match in a row, Haleigh Washington led the Nittany Lions offensively, posting a match-high 11 kills in the 25-17, 25-11, 25-23 victory.
How It Happened
Maryland came within two points of the Nittany Lions, 13-11, midway through the first set, but couldn’t keep pace down the stretch. Ali Frantti put Penn State over the top in the second frame, tallying three service aces and a Terrapin error to give Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead. Simone Lee would finish with 10 kills, six digs, and four blocks.
Former Penn State assistant Steve Aird, who’s in his third season as Maryland’s head coach, had his squad on the brink of forcing a fourth set, but the Terps’ 23-21 advantage evaporated quickly. Four consecutive Maryland errors allowed the Nittany Lions to complete the sweep and fly home on the early side.
Player Of The Match
Haleigh Washington | Senior | Middle blocker
Washington capped off a tremendous road trip with 11 kills, seven blocks, three digs, and two service aces.
Penn State returns home to Rec Hall Friday for a 7 p.m. first serve against No. 14 Michigan State.