Weekend Sports Recap: Volleyball Sweeps And Football Gets First Win
Penn State Athletics added another successful weekend to its already impressive start. The Nittany Lions combined for a 7-4 record across three days, and looked fairly impressive throughout. Penn State fans saw another women’s volleyball sweep, the first football win of the season, impressive victories from both men’s and women’s soccer en route to the 7-4 weekend record. With this past weekend, Penn State is now 21-9-2 on the year and doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.
The field hockey team played in friendly confines, facing off against California. Penn State took a 2-0 lead, but allowed Cal to score three goals in 10 minutes, including the deciding goal in overtime, resulting in a tough 3-2 loss for the Nittany Lions. The men’s and women’s cross country squads held the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, resulting in a win for the No. 23 women’s team. Senior Tori Gerlach claimed the individual title for the Nittany Lions, while the men failed to overcome Michigan, taking its first loss of the season.
Women’s volleyball and women’s soccer were the two traveling teams on Friday. Volleyball ventured to South Bend, IN, to participate in the Golden Dome Invitational, while soccer traveled to Palo Alto, CA, to take on Stanford. No. 1 women’s volleyball faced Eastern Kentucky in the first game of the tournament and swept the Colonels in remarkable fashion. For women’s soccer, the No. 7 Nittany Lions upset No. 2 Stanford with an impressive effort on the defensive front, as the Cardinal was held scoreless in a 2-0 victory for Penn State.
On Saturday, women’s volleyball took on two opponents in the Golden Dome Invitational in Mississippi State and Notre Dame. Russ Rose’s squad showed once again why it is the best in the country by going yet another set of games without dropping a single set. Football played its home debut, facing off against Buffalo. The team overcame some early mistakes to take the game over the Bulls, 27-14. Men’s golf went to Durham, NC, to participate in the Rod Myers Invitational, and finished the first day in third place.
Sunday saw the men’s golf team finish up its season-opening tournament with a third place finish out of 14 teams. While men’s golf was in North Carolina, the women’s team went to South Carolina to participate in the first day of the Cougar Classic. Women’s golf currently stands at No. 17 in the tournament heading into the final round tomorrow.
Men’s soccer was home to host No. 10 Indiana for its third-annual Mack Brady Day. The Nittany Lions shutout the Hoosiers to secure a 1-0 victory, thanks to Robby Sagel’s goal in the 70th minute. Women’s soccer stayed in California to take on Santa Clara, also shutting out its opponent in the 1-0 victory.
Penn State looked impressive once again as a unit this weekend, and it only makes us more excited for the upcoming week. Two of the more anticipated sporting events include the football team’s inaugural Stripe Out game against Rutgers at 8:00 p.m. and women’s volleyball heading to Tampa, FL, for the South Florida Invitational.