Women’s Volleyball Dismantles Auburn For Ninth Straight Sweep
Penn State started off the South Florida Invitational with another victory, taking down Auburn (7-3) in three sets — 25-11, 25-16, and 25-19 — Friday evening.
And by the way, it still hasn’t dropped a set all year.
How It Happened
Penn State dominated Auburn during the first set, racing out to a 17-9 lead before finishing off the Tigers for a 25-11 set victory. Megan Courtney led the Nittany Lions with five kills, closely followed by Haleigh Washington, who had four.
The second set was more of the same for the No. 1 ranked women’s volleyball team. Penn State took a commanding 11-4 lead, and despite Auburn climbing back to force the Nittany Lions to take a timeout at 14-9, were able to win the second set comfortably 25-16. Washington continued her dominance, leading Penn State with six kills in the second set.
Penn State started off the third set by taking a 6-1 lead, but the Tigers kept it close throughout the entire set. Penn State was able to hold off Auburn’s comeback attempt, winning the final set 25-19 and completing another sweep victory for the Nittany Lions.
With the aforementioned sweep victory, the Nittany Lions have now not dropped a set since the 2014 NCAA Semifinal against Stanford, which was played on Dec. 18, 2014. Penn State also increased its winning streak to 29 consecutive matches, a streak that started on Oct. 17, 2014.
Penn State is slated to play two games tomorrow. The first will be against St. John’s at 1 p.m., and the Nittany Lions will wrap up the tournament against the host South Florida at 7 p.m.