Women’s Volleyball Defeats No. 14 Purdue In Straight Sets
The No. 2 Penn State women’s volleyball team defeated No. 14 Purdue in straight sets at Rec Hall on Friday night.
After Purdue took a 7-5 lead in the first set, Penn State made a run to tie the match at 11. The set remained close until Deja McClendon had two back-to-back kills to give Penn State a 17-16 lead, which was a part of the set winning 9-2 run. A kill from Katie Slay put Penn State up 23-18, which she followed up with a block along with Ariel Scott. An attack error by Purdue finished the set for a 25-18 Nittany Lions win.
The Nittany Lions pushed out to an early 8-3 lead in the second set, extending that to 12-6 with kills from four different players. After Slay and McClendon had a block to go up 13-6, the Boilermakers took a timeout, which didn’t help much considering Penn State went up 19-10 immediately following the stoppage.
Although a 22-15 advantage seemed to have the set locked in for Penn State, Purdue had four consecutive kills to get within three points. A kill by Slay ended Purdue’s run though, and a Purdue attack error set Penn State up for a set point. The Boilermakers held off the set point for two scores of its own, but a kill from Megan Courtney gave the Nittany Lions a 25-22 set win.
Penn State trailed 8-5 early in the third set after taking the first two, but a four-point run put the Nittany Lions up 9-8. The match remained within a point for both teams for quite a while until Penn State went up by two points at 20-18 following consecutive kills from Scott and Paulina Prieto Cerame. The Boilermakers kept it within reach at 23-21, but a kill from Grant and a Purdue attack error gave Penn State the 25-21 third set and match win.
Penn State improves to 12-1 in the Big Ten with the match win and has a 12-game winning streak since losing to Michigan State earlier in the season. Penn State faces Indiana on Saturday night at Rec Hall at 7 p.m.