PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State Volleyball To Battle Stanford in the Final Four

After yet another dominant season, the Penn State volleyball team finds itself in familiar territory.

The defending national champion Nittany Lions will take on the Stanford Cardinal tonight at 9:30 p.m. in the Final Four with a trip to another National Championship on the line. The fifth-seeded Nittany Lions enter the Final Four with a 34-3 record, while the top-seeded Cardinal is 33-1. The winner will take on the winner of Texas-BYU in the finals.

The two teams met very early in the season, in Penn State’s fourth match and Stanford’s third. The match played in California went the home team’s way by a score of  3-2 (18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 15-10).

Both teams come into the match with tremendous momentum. Stanford has won 33 out of its 34 matches on the season and is the favorite to win the tournament, but Penn State was unstoppable late in the season. Before a 3-1 win over No. 4 Wisconsin in the Elite 8, the Nittany Lions had won 16 straight matches in straight sets, and 50 sets in a row.

The two teams have taken different paths through the tournament as well. They each breezed through their first round matchup, but Stanford had a minor scare in the second round on its home court, as Michigan State took a set. Penn State destroyed Dayton in the second round and then had a deceptively close 3-0 win over No. 12 UCLA. In Stanford’s third round matchup, the team picked up its third win of the season over Oregon State, although the Cardinal dropped another set. Finally, in the Elite Eight, the Nittany Lions had a thrilling four-set win over Big Ten rival and fourth-seeded Wisconsin, while Stanford swept eighth-seeded Florida.

Players to watch in the match are Penn State’s Micha Hancock and Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku. Hancock is from the Oklahoma City area, and will have a lot of support behind her. The senior setter will look to build on her Big Ten season-record 124 aces. Ajanaku, a junior 6-foot-3 middle blocker, was recently named first team All-American, her second straight selection after being an honorable mention her freshman year.

The game will be aired on ESPN2 and also on the radio, on WRSC 103.1.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.


Other posts by Doug

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Pork State: Meet Sir Remington, State College’s Most Interesting Pet

Report: James Franklin Is Only Mildly Excited For This Opportunity

THON 2019 Raises $10,621,683.76 For The Kids

With no canning weekends held this year and canvassing eventually suspended as well, this year’s total is a testament to how committed THON volunteers truly are.

Springfield, ATO/ZTA Top THON 2019 Fundraisers

Totals aside, congratulations to every organization that volunteered with THON throughout this year to raise more than $10 million for the kids.

Send this to a friend