Weekend Sports Recap: Women’s Volleyball And Field Hockey Shine
Another solid weekend of sports is over for Penn State. A 7-3 weekend is very good by any school’s standards, but the manner in which Penn State’s three losses came were too memorable for it to feel good. Regardless, moving to 14-5-2 on the year is great — just try not to think about football, whose 27-10 loss to Temple on Saturday was the biggest event of the weekend.
Friday night went decently for Penn State. Men’s and women’s cross country ran their first meet of the year, the Dolan Duals at Lock Haven. Both teams finished in first place overall, tallying the first wins of the weekend. Meanwhile, two events were being held in State College. Field hockey started its season off with two losses last weekend, but played its home opener against Temple and won in shutout fashion 2-0, thanks to the first career goals of Brooke Birosik and Katie Dembrowski. Up the road, No. 1 women’s volleyball welcomed No. 21 Colorado for the teams’ first games of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. Of course, Penn State won in straight sets.
Two teams were away on Friday night and accounted for both of the night’s losses. In women’s soccer, No. 12 West Virginia downed No. 7 Penn State 1-0, and in men’s soccer, Temple won its first game against Penn State since 1997.
What happened in Philly on Saturday afternoon is still on the forefront of our minds, but the highlight of the day came at Rec Hall that night. No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Stanford met up early in the season for the second-straight year. Last year, the Cardinal won in five sets in California before the Nittany Lions found revenge in the Final Four. This time around, Penn State won in straight sets — through five matches, Russ Rose’s squad still hasn’t dropped a set.
Sunday saw the end of women’s golf’s Nittany Lion Invitational. The team finished in first place out of eight teams with a total score of 889. In the meantime, field hockey finished its climb back to .500 with a win over Bucknell.
So while many Penn State fans may remember this weekend as a loss, it was overall another very successful three days for fall sports. Stay tuned for what should be another fun week of sports, including the football home opener against Buffalo and women’s volleyball’s three matches at the Golden Dome Invitational.