Weekend Sports Roundup: Volleyball Loses, Hockey Impresses In Overall .500 Showing
An uncharacteristically even weekend for Penn State sports has come and gone. The Nittany Lions went .500 over the weekend, rather than their usual dominant performances. Here are some of the major results.
By its standards, the Penn State women’s volleyball team struggled this weekend. Friday, it outlasted No. 13 Illinois in Champaign in four sets (25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 27-25). After beginning the year with a streak of matches in which it didn’t lose a set, Friday marked the third game of its previous four in which it suffered at least one setback. Megan Courtney led Penn State with 18 kills, and became the eighth Nittany Lion to join the 1,000 career kills/1,000 career digs club. On Saturday, the Lions fell to Northwestern (18-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 11-15), its second dropped match of the year. 14 kills from Megan Courtney and Simone Lee weren’t enough for the furious five-set push from the Wildcats. The teams went back and forth, with Northwestern winning the first, third, and fifth set.