Women’s Volleyball Continues Winning Ways
The Penn State Women’s Volleyball Team (20-1, 10-0 Big Ten) defeated the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor over the weekend, extending their winning streak to a season-high 14 games.
Saturday night’s match provided a challenge as the Lions found themselves in battle in a packed Cliff Keen Arena. Ultimately, they showed why they’re the #1 team in the country, beating the Wolverines 3-2 (25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 15-10).
The first set saw Michigan jump out to an early lead on an 8-3 run. A few Michigan errors and an Ariel Scott kill gave Penn State the lead back for good, though, as the Lions ended up winning the set 25-19. The second set was more of the same, as Michigan started fast, but could not contain the top ranked opponent. Big kills from Katie Slay and Megan Courtney gave the Lions another win, 25-18.
Michigan used their intermission to recharge and change their game plan, and it led to wins in the third and fourth sets, 21-25 and 22-25. The Lions were unable to overcome fast starts by the Wolverines, and the match headed to a deciding 5th set.
In the final frame, it was Penn State who got out to an early lead and never looked back, closing out the Wolverines 15-10. Penn State never trailed in the set, leading by as much as 5. Scott had a match high 18 kills, and Deja McClendon added 16. Slay also continued her monster season as she posted a career high 12 blocks.
The win over Michigan gave the team their 20th on the year, marking the 36th time in program history that they have reached this milestone.
The Lions wrap up their road trip this week as they take on Iowa on Wednesday at 7 p.m. They will also travel to Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday to take on the #4 Cornhuskers. Both matches are scheduled to be shown on the Big Ten Network, and you can also follow @PennStateVBALL for live updates.
Penn State returns home next Friday, November 2nd against a ranked Purdue squad.