No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball cruised to an easy victory over Rutgers in straight sets Saturday at Rec Hall.
Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions swept the Scarlet Knights 25-9, 25-9, 25-11 on Senior Night for their 13th consecutive win in Big Ten play.
How It Happened
Penn State clearly overpowered Rutgers from the get-go, blowing out the Scarlet Knights in each of the first two sets. Head coach CJ Werneke’s bunch struggled to create much offense against the Nittany Lions, while the blue and white were nearly unstoppable above the net.
Penn State put on an absolute clinic in terms of hitting, finishing with a ridiculous .567 clip as Haleigh Washington and Tori Gorrell turned in extremely efficient performances. The two middle blockers combined to miss on just five swings Saturday in a lopsided affair.
Simone Lee provided six kills on a somewhat lackluster night for the high-flying outside hitter. Clare Powers and Heidi Thelen connected on each of their limited attempts, though. Rose made sure all eight of his seniors made an appearance in the victory.
Player Of The Match
Haleigh Washington | Senior | Middle blocker
Washington posted match-high marks in both kills (12) and blocks (five). She also added three digs and a service ace.
The Nittany Lions (23-1) head to Iowa City for a 9 p.m. ET tilt Wednesday versus the Hawkeyes. Penn State beat Iowa 3-1 earlier this season in Rec Hall.