Penn State Women’s Volleyball Takes On The Pac-12 This Weekend
After cruising to easy victories last weekend against Buffalo, Stony Brook, and Villanova to open the 2015 season, Penn State looks to continue its run of success against No. 21 Colorado and No. 2 Stanford. The top-ranked Nittany Lions will take on No. 21 Colorado (2-1) Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET before taking on No. 2 Stanford (2-0) Saturday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. ET. Rec-Hall will be popping, as usual, and Russ Rose’s squad will perhaps face its toughest challenge in the regular season when they go up against the girls in Cardinal.
Stanford is traditionally one of the few teams that can keep up with the Nittany Lions — last year, the two teams met in California for Penn State’s fourth match of the year, and the Cardinal won in five sets to take the top ranking in the country. The last time these two teams met, Penn State came in as the underdog, and you may remember what happened next. The fifth-seeded Nittany Lions took on No. 1 Stanford in last year’s Final Four and pulled off the upset in a 3 set to 1 victory en route to winning their second-straight National Championship.
Saturday’s matchup will broadcast live on the Big Ten Network with Mike Wolf and Audrey Flaugh on the call. Friday’s match will stream live on BTN Plus, which is available to fans with a paid subscription. Penn State’s 3-0 start in 2015 marks the fourth consecutive year the Nittany Lions have opened a new year with three wins in the first week of the season. Penn State was voted No. 1 overall for the second consecutive week in the latest AVCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, receiving 54 of a possible 62 first-place votes. This will be a tough week for sure but the Nittany Lions, led by senior Megan Courtney and rising sophomores Ali Frantti and Haleigh Washington, should be able to handle it.
After this weekend, Penn State hits the road and heads to South Bend, Indiana for the Golden Dome Invitational. The Nittany Lions will take on Eastern Kentucky Friday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m. before meeting Mississippi State and tournament host Notre Dame Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.