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Women’s Volleyball Takes Home B1G Swag

The top-seeded Nittany Lions took home some serious Big Ten hardware, winning 10 awards after going 19-1 in the conference this season.

Legendary coach Russ Rose was named Coach of the Year for the eighth time in ten years, regaining the title from Purdue Coach Dave Shondell.

Ariel Scott won Player of the Year — the 7th Penn Stater win the award in the past 8 years — and was also named Player of the Week in early November. Scott is approaching 400 kills on the season and 1,000 kills in her career.

Megan Courtney won Freshman Player of the Year. Courtney has the most solo blocks on the team after accumulating 25 blocks and ranks 4th on the team in digs with 193 and kills with 209. Courtney is the 9th Penn Stater to win the award in the past 10 years, following teammate Micha Hancock who won the award last year.

An award that may have been created just for Penn State, setter of the year, was given to Micha Hancock. Hancock was named player of the week in both the Big Ten and nationally earlier this season, as well as being named setter of the week on six separate occasions this year.

Scott and Hancock were named first team All-Big Ten as well as Katie Slay and Deja McClendon. McClendon and Scott were named to the team unanimously. Slay won defensive player of the week three times this season, and has the second highest hitting percentage in the Big Ten, sixth highest nationally and a team best hitting percentage of .431. Slay also has the most blocks on the team with 146 – the most in the Big Ten. McClendon was named first team All-Big Ten for the third year in a row. McClendon has over 1,000 kills in her career and 348 this year — second most on the team. McClendon also has the second most digs on the team with 299.

Penn State faces Binghamton University Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Katie Blitz

I'm a freshman Public Relations major. I was born in Staten Island, but I prefer to say I'm from New York City. I went to Brooklyn Tech High School, a specialized high school, and I'm very proud of it. I'm a huge sports fan - mostly (and sadly) a New York Jets fan.

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