Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Siena At Syracuse Classic
Penn State (3-3) got back on track Friday morning thanks to a stress-free sweep (25-11, 25-10, 25-12) over Siena (1-6) in its opening match of the Syracuse Classic.
How It Happened
Russ Rose’s 17th-ranked Nittany Lions cruised to a no-doubt victory thanks to strong outings from junior outside hitter Simone Lee and redshirt freshman middle blocker Tori Gorrell. Lee has paced Penn State offensively in each of its six matches thus far, recording a match-high 14 kills against the Saints. Gorrell continues to be the Nittany Lions’ most consistent blocker, as the Oakville, Ontario, native posted a team-high six to keep Siena’s offense at bay, while also contributing the second-most kills behind Lee with eight. Briana Flagg and Brittney Herrick led head coach Garvey Pierre’s Saints with five kills apiece.
Penn State started Abby Detering at setter for the second consecutive match and the junior out of Mentor, Ohio, pieced together a solid effort with 28 assists, five digs, and five kills on each of her five swings. Freshman libero Kendall White and outside hitter Ali Frantti were steady on the defensive end with nine and seven digs, respectively. White’s classmates Emily Sciorra and Allison Farrell made their collegiate debuts Friday and each finished with their first dig.
After dropping three-consecutive matches for the first time since 2002-03, the Nittany Lions desperately needed a decisive sweep, and they delivered against a clearly-outmatched Siena squad. With five contests to go before Big Ten play, Penn State can continue building momentum before facing a litany of tough tests in one of the nation’s top conferences.
Player Of The Match
Simone Lee | Junior | Outside hitter
The Menomonee, Wis., native has been phenomenal in non-conference play for the Nittany Lions and she didn’t disappoint Friday, finishing with 14 kills, four digs, and three total blocks.
Penn State has a doubleheader on deck Saturday, as it’ll face Hofstra at 12:30 p.m. before meeting tournament-host Syracuse at 7:00 p.m. on WatchESPN.