PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Women’s Volleyball Sweeps No. 18 Purdue At Rec Hall

A night after sweeping Indiana, Penn State women’s volleyball continued its winning ways Saturday night at Rec Hall, defeating No. 18 Purdue in straight sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-17).

Haleigh Washington and Simone Lee both tallied at least ten kills, and the Lions benefitted from a .315-.135 hitting percentage advantage.

“I thought we played much better than we did last night, against a team that started the weekend as the number one team in the conference,” head coach Russ Rose told Penn State athletics.

 

How It Happened

Tied 3-3 to open the first set, Lee, Ali Frantti, and Aiyana Whitney combined for a 5-1 spurt to push the Lions ahead. After more or less trading points to reach the 13-6 mark, a 7-4 Boilermakers rally cut Penn State’s immediate momentum. But Penn State fought back after a timeout, and Whitney and Washington again combined for a set of kills and digs, accounting for a 4-1 run that brought Penn State to 21-14, threatening a first set point. Ultimately, a Purdue service error handed Penn State the first set, 25-18.

A strong Purdue side began the second set with a bit more momentum, maintaining an 8-8 tie early on. But several attacking errors by the Boilermakers provided the Lions with a lead (14-11) that they would not give up. After a Purdue timeout, Whitney and Lee again tallied blocks and kills to push the lead to eight, 21-13. From there, the second set’s fate was all but sealed. And like the first set, a Purdue service error proved to be set point, 25-17 in favor of the Lions.

Penn State again secured an early lead in the third and final set, a 9-6 advantage that was soon narrowed to 9-8. A kill and an ace by the Boilermakers, who provided threats but never true scares the entire night, kept the score close throughout the middle portion of the set (14-12). But a 6-2 run by Penn State broke the Nittany Lions free, 20-13. Again, Purdue could not muster any true comeback, and again, a service error ended the set (25-17), and the match in Penn State’s favor.

What’s Next

After a 2-0 homestand this weekend, Penn State is back on the road next week. It travels to the state of Michigan for a Wednesday evening matchup against Michigan, then will visit Michigan State on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. The Wednesday tilt will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network at 7:00 p.m.

 

About the Author

Ben Berkman

State College, PA

Comments

More by Ben

Nassib Healthy To ‘Kick Some Ass,’ Johnson And Hackenberg Seek Pro Evaluations

James Franklin made two things clear before the Lions travel South: Carl Nassib is 100 percent healthy for a game for the first time in more than a month, and Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson have both applied for draft evaluations from the NFL.

Gameday Observations: Return To Rec

Penn State Stomps Canisius, 81-67, In First Of Two Rec Hall Showdowns

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions won’t play a single home match in September, electing to test themselves against teams like Stanford and Oregon early in the season.

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

Student Life

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Road And Utility Work Impacting Penn State This Summer

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Predicting Penn State’s 2018 Kickoff Times

As the Nittany Lions have ascended back into college football’s elite, they’ve taken the field at night more often in the past few years and avoided the dreaded early kickoff.

We Are Royalty: Meghan Markle Is A Penn State Fan

Penn State fans are everywhere, even in the British royal family.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Send this to a friend