Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Ohio State
The No. 2 Penn State women’s volleyball team swept No. 24 Ohio State last night at Dig Pink Night at Rec Hall, improving their conference win streak to eight straight matches.
Deja McClendon had a team-high ten kills and two blocks against the Buckeyes while Ariel Scott added nine kills and six blocks.
In the first set, the Nittany Lions went on a 7-1 run that included three consecutive blocks from Katie Slay and Scott and an ace from Micha Hancock. The Buckeyes attempted to spark some offense but Penn State shut that down with a 4-0 run to bring the lead to 11-2. The Buckeyes responded with two quick points to make it 11-4 but the Lions pushed on to reach 16-6. A 9-3 run by Penn State with kills from McClendon, Hancock, Scott, and Katie Slay closed out the set at 25-9.
The Lions kept that momentum going, opening the second set by taking four straight points. Ohio State kept fighting to chip away at the lead, at one point being down by just five at 15-10, but Scott helped the Lions to respond with two quick kills to spur a 4-0 run. Ohio State would only get one more point in the set while Penn State went on to win 25-11.
Penn State was trailing in the third 2-1 but responded with an 8-0 streak that featured two consecutive kills from Megan Courtney to go up 9-2. Ohio State brought it within six at 16-10, but it wouldn’t get any closer as kills from Slay, Scott and Whitney brought the Lions to a 19-10 lead that was too much to overcome. The Nittany Lions finished the set with consecutive kills from Hancock for the 25-16 victory to top Ohio State in straight sets.
The Nittany Lions are back in action against Iowa on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Rec Hall.