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Penn State Finally Gets Revenge, Defeats Hawkeyes

Penn State fans, you may finally take a deep breath and rejoice. After watching the Iowa Hawkeyes dash your national championship and NCAA Tournament hopes from a year ago and rip your hearts out last week in a 21-10 victory at Beaver Stadium, your beloved Nittany Lions finally got their revenge in defeating the Hawkeyes. The women’s volleyball team, that is.

Russ Rose’s squad extended its NCAA record winning streak to 79 matches in defeating the Hawkeyes in four sets. In a school that spends so much time focusing on every intricacy of the football team and follows the basketball team ever so closely, it baffles me how the students overlook this Lions squad.

This team has won the last two national championships, has a virtual strangle hold on the top ranking in the land, and hardly a soul on this campus would be able to name a single player.

When fans think of some of the great Penn State athletes the first names that come to mind will undoubtedly be Daryll Clark, Evan Royster, Sean Lee, Talor Battle, among others. But Megan Hodge, Blair Brown, Alisha Glass, and Arielle Wilson should be the names that come to fans’ minds.

Hodge compiled a monstrous 20 kills and 11 digs tonight, as she dominated the opposing front line. Wilson and Brown added 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Glass set the tone for the offense all night, tallying 47 assists and 12 digs, amounting to her fourth double-double this season. To Iowa’s credit, they managed to win a set against the Lions, a feat that no team had accomplished in 141 regular season sets prior.

Still, the Lions kept their poise and did in their fourth set what they have grown so accustomed to over the past two seasons, win. This Penn State team is perhaps the most dominant in school history in any sport – some argue among the most dominant in NCAA history. Penn State students should be jumping at the opportunity to watch true greatness.

Come to Rec Hall and be a part of the action when the team takes on Wisconsin at 7 p.m. tonight, October 3.

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