PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Iowa For Ninth-Straight Win

Penn State’s balanced attack and more talented roster proved too much for an Iowa team hungry for an upset. Russ Rose’s team extended its win streak, but the three sets it played were closer than most likely expected from a sub-.500 Hawkeye team.

How It Happened

The match started off with Iowa playing to its home advantage, taking an early lead over the No. 1 Nittany Lions. It was only once the teams were tied at 8-8 that Penn State could pull away, and a five-point run was just what Russ Rose wanted to see. Ali Frantti served a few consecutive points that her team put away, and only once Penn State had a comfortable cushion did Iowa start fighting back. Still, it couldn’t muster more than two consecutive points and fell by a final set score of 25-16.

The surprise of the night came in the second set. Iowa had an early four-point run to take a 9-5 lead, and Penn State won three straight soon after to tie it at 10-10. From that point on, neither team won more than two points in a row. That means that neither team could pull away, and shaky finishing from the Lions forced them to limp to a 25-23 win.

With a 2-0 lead and one set standing in the way of victory, neither team changed how it played with the end seeming inevitable. Penn State only trailed at the 2-1 mark, then marched to a 25-18 win.

Four players had at least eight kills, but only two had double digits. Penn State outhit Iowa .323 to .219, which is a much higher hitting percentage than most Penn State opponents have tallied this year.

Player Of The Game

In a balanced performance, Megan Courtney stood out with her defense as much as offense. She had the closest thing to a double-double of any Nittany Lion — nine kills and 10 digs.

What’s Next?

Penn State is back in action Saturday at 8 p.m. in Minnesota to take on the No. 4 Golden Gophers, a rematch of the Nittany Lions’ five-set win in Rec Hall in late September.

About the Author

Doug Leeson

Doug is a sophomore and Onward State's Assistant Managing Editor. Dislikes: popcorn, Rutgers, and a low #TimberCount. Likes: "Frozen," Rec Hall, and you. Contact him via email at [email protected] or on Twitter @DougLeeson.

Comments

More by Doug

Freshman 101: How To Buy Football Tickets

Tickets go on sale for graduate students on Monday, June 18, followed by seniors on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores on Thursday, and freshmen on Friday.

Pork State: Meet Sir Remington, State College’s Most Interesting Pet

Report: James Franklin Is Only Mildly Excited For This Opportunity

Athletics

Shea Moyer Lifts Penn State Women’s Soccer Past West Virginia 1-0

Sophomore midfielder Shea Moyer scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute of a rainy season opener at Jeffrey Field.

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Student Life

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

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.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend