Women’s Volleyball Wins Back-to-Back Matches
After a four game road trip, the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team was back in Rec Hall this weekend. On Friday night, the top-ranked Nittany Lions faced 17th ranked Purdue, and Saturday night, they faced Indiana.
Deja McClendon was honored for her 1,000th kill before Friday’s match, and she added to her total with 12 kills against the Boilermakers. Katie Slay lived up to her Defensive Player of the Week honor, recording 9 kills. Despite being ranked, Purdue was no match for Penn State, with the Lions winning in straight sets (25-19, 25-16, 25-16)
Penn State and Indiana were back and forth in the first set until Indiana started to pull away 17-10. A comeback attempt fell short as Indiana ended up winning the set 25-22. It was the first time the Nittany Lions dropped a set since a late September match against Iowa. They did not allow Indiana to lead once in the second set, resulting in a 25-19 win. The third set was tied at 11, until the Nittany Lions scored 9 points in a row, winning the set 25-16. In the fourth set, Indiana led early on 7-0, but after a timeout, the Nittany Lions rallied to only trail 8-7. They went on to win the fourth set 25-21 to put the match away. Ariel Scott had 14 kills, and Deja McClendon added another 12 kills. Micha Hancock dominated with 40 assists, 3 aces, 15 digs, and 6 blocks.
Penn State is now 18-1 overall, and remains undefeated in the Big Ten with a record of 8-0 and 11 wins in a row. Russ Rose’s squad heads to Columbus to face Ohio State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The match will be aired on the Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions will return from a four game road trip to face Minnesota in Rec Hall on Friday, November 2nd at 8 p.m.