Women’s Volleyball Sweeps No. 14 Wisconsin
No. 2 Penn State women’s volleyball defeated No. 14 Wisconsin in Madison in straight sets Friday night for the second time this season.. The two teams previously met in early October when Penn State pulled out a tough five-set victory.
Katie Slay’s back-to-back blocks and two aces helped Penn State take an early 5-1 lead. Two Nittany Lion attack errors helped the Badgers get within two of Penn State and two kills from Megan Courtney extended Penn State’s lead to 19-12. A 9-2 run by Wisconsin closed the gap to just 22-21. Two attack errors by the Badgers put the Nittany Lions at set point, but Courtney sealed the set for Penn State with a kill.
The two teams stayed close with both teams tied at 12. Wisconsin went up by three, but a block by Slay and Deja McClendon and a kill from Courtney put the Nittany Lions within one. The two teams continued to exchange leads, until the Badgers were at set point. Slay and Nia Grant each had kills to put Penn State at set point again. A Penn State service error prevented the Nittany Lions from winning the set, but a kill from Ariel Scott and a Wisconsin error handed Penn State the 27-25 set win.
The Nittany Lions and the Badgers were tied at three to begin the third set, but a 4-1 Badger run put Wisconsin in the lead. A kill from Megan Courtney ended the run and put Penn State on a 4-2 run of their own to fight to within one. After tying the set at 10, the Nittany Lions dominated the set and went ahead 19-13 and an eventual 25-16 match-winning set.
Penn State faces No. 11 Minnesota tonight at 8:30 p.m. in Minneapolis. The game will be aired on Big Ten Network. Penn State improved to 23-2 overall and 14-1 in the Big Ten.