Author Drew Balis
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Try to think of the last time the Penn State women’s volleyball team was a home underdog. Let that sink in for a minute, because Saturday night, the tables will be turned. Undefeated Illinois visits Happy Valley for a matchup of Big Ten powers with the two squads having very different seasons so far.
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The No. 9 Penn State women’s volleyball team recorded weekend sweeps over Wisconsin and No. 10 Minnesota at Rec Hall. With these two victories, the Nittany Lions improved their overall record to 10-4 and their Big Ten record to 3-1.
The Nittany Lions were nowhere near perfect over the weekend. Several times they looked susceptible to big runs which kept Wisconsin in the match; however, they have won nine consecutive sets. Dropping early sets, which was a problem earlier in the year, has been corrected for the moment.
The Penn State Women’s Volleyball team dropped its Big Ten opener last night at No. 10 Nebraska. Attempting to recover after digging an early 0-2 hole, the fifth ranked Nittany Lions fell just short of pulling off their second five set, comeback victory in a month.
Unlike the memorable USC match, played at Rec Hall on August 27, fifth set magic would elude the Nittany Lions as the Cornhuskers hung on for the win.
For the first time in two weeks, a Friday night at Penn State will not feature a pep rally of any sort for the football team. Beaver Stadium may be empty, but Rec Hall will not be as Penn State Women’s Volleyball hosts Long Island, Rutgers, and Florida Gulf Coast in the Hampton Inn Classic.
For those who enjoyed Football Eve last Friday Night, the Blue & White Society and Intercollegiate Athletics has you covered. They have teamed up to sponsor the annual event Rally in the Valley Friday Night in Rec Hall. Festivities begin at 8 p.m., but doors open at 7:30 p.m., with seats expected to fill up quickly.
While the excitement surrounding the Alabama game hasn’t withered, the ability to tailgate has been hampered by nearly constant rain this week. The wash has already soaked many tents and campers in Paternoville and is now seeking tailgaters and anyone driving to Saturday’s clash between Penn State and third ranked Alabama. With rainfall predicted into Friday, several normally accessible parking lots will be closed this weekend.
Trailing two sets to zero and staring at the possibility of an 0-2 start to the season, a familiar face was introduced to the Rec Hall crowd during the Penn State vs. USC Women’s Volleyball match last Saturday night. Four-time national champion and 2010 National Player of the year Blair Brown was presented with an award from Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. Spectators roared in approval, but Brown was not suited up in uniform to help the struggling Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions stormed back by winning three straight sets to shock No. 2 USC and send a message that a new era of Penn State volleyball is underway.