Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Indiana To Finish Undefeated Weekend
No. 7 Penn State capped off a perfect weekend on Saturday with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-15) sweep of Indiana in Bloomington.
The Nittany Lions (18-3, 6-2 Big Ten) dominated for most of the match with a .500 hitting percentage as a team. Junior Megan Courtney led the way with a match-high nine kills. Nia Grant and freshman Haleigh Washington added eight kills apiece and both hit higher than .700.
Penn State cruised in the first set, building a substantial lead in the early going. With the score 7-4, Megan Courtney scored on a kill, and the Hoosiers committed attack errors on the next two points before Courtney found an opening for another kill to give the Lions a six point advantage. The team kept the Hoosiers at bay the rest of the way through mistake-free volleyball; Penn State didn’t commit any errors in the set.
Set two was more competitive with 13 ties and three lead changes before Grant slammed back-to-back kills after an 18-18 tie, and senior Micha Hancock delivered a service ace on the next point forcing an Indiana timeout. The Lions kept their momentum, stretching the lead to six.
Hancock was a jack-of-all-trades for the Lions, with four service aces (just one error), a team-high five digs, 32 assists, five kills from the setter position and even a block assist.
In set three, the Lions once again pounced on the Hoosiers from the opening serve. With the score 4-3, Aiyana Whitney ignited a 5-1 run with a kill, leading to another Indiana timeout. Penn State’s service game kept Indiana on its heels the rest of the way as the lead ballooned to double digits — the Hoosiers committed eight attack errors in the set on the way to a lowly .038 hitting percentage. The Lions ended the match on a 5-1 run, and three of those points came from Indiana errors.
The Lions were 2-0 on the weekend with a five set victory against Purdue on Friday. The team will likely move up in the rankings after being knocked down from the No. 5 spot following last weekend’s upset loss to then No. 15 Illinois. Penn State returns home next weekend with matches against Michigan and Michigan State.