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Women’s Volleyball Beats South Florida, Wins USF Invitational

Penn State’s women’s volleyball team cruised to another victory last night, defeating South Florida (2-9) in three sets to none (25-19, 25-6, 25-18), securing its victory in the USF Invitational held in Tampa, Florida over the weekend. The No. 1 ranked Nittany Lions moved to 11-0 on the season and extended their winning streak to 31 consecutive matches. They have also won 38 straight sets.

How It Happened

Haleigh Washington continued her dominant season, racking up ten kills. Aiyana Whitney led the team with 15 kills. The Nittany Lions finished with 43 kills overall, compared to just 25 for the Bulls. Penn State finished the match with a .409 hitting percentage. Penn State also finished with 50 digs, compared to South Florida’s 35.

Early on in the first set, the Bulls were able to keep the Nittany Lions on their toes, attempting to get back into the match, but continually were stopped by Penn State. The Nittany Lions dominated the second set and cruised through the third to secure the victory and the title at the USF Invitational. Penn State dominated both offensively and defensively to take out South Florida in a reflection of how they’ve played all year. Nothing changed in the match last night — another match, another sweep.

Player Of The Game

Redshirt freshman Bryanna Weiskircher gets the game ball from this match. She recorded 32 of the team’s 39 assists. She had her first career double-double with the 32 assists and also 15 digs. She was able to set up the attack all night to help lead the Nittany Lions to victory.

Notes

Penn State’s win extends its winning streak to 31 matches and also 38 straight sets. The No. 1  ranked Nittany Lions also recorded eight blocks, compared to South Florida’s two. South Florida paled in comparison to Penn State in hitting percentage, as the Bulls ended with a .062 percentage, while the Nittany Lions ended with a .409 percentage.

What’s Next?

Penn State returns home Wednesday, Sept. 23 for a home Big Ten contest against Wisconsin. This will be the first of a four-game home stand for Penn State. The game against Wisconsin will be held at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall and will be the first Big Ten game for Penn State.

About the Author

Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman is a writer for Onward State. His hometown is North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a little under an hour from Pittsburgh. He is a sophomore majoring in Natural Resource Engineering in Biological Engineering. Please e-mail questions and comments to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @cole_man2.

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