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Women’s Volleyball Routs No. 22 Michigan In Straight Sets

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions notched their eighth-straight sweep Saturday night, in the process taking down their second Top 25 opponent in as many days. No. 16 Penn State cruised by No. 22 Michigan (25-20, 25-19, 25-15) in Rec Hall to improve to 12-3 (4-0 Big Ten).

How It Happened

Junior outside hitter Ali Frantti continued her impressive weekend by leading the Nittany Lions with a match-high 11 kills. Behind her, Penn State received steady contributions across the board from the rest of its offense, as middle blocker Tori Gorrell finished with nine kills and five blocks.

Simone Lee and Haleigh Washington posted eight kills apiece, while adding nine combined blocks between them. Washington was on fire from the service line Saturday, as the Colorado Springs, Colo., native got Rec Hall on its feet with three big aces. Junior setter Abby Detering put together another phenomenal match, dishing out 35 assists, while adding four kills, two blocks, and a match-high 11 digs to help Penn State blow by head coach Mark Rosen’s Wolverines. Heidi Thelen would put up six kills and four blocks of her own to round out the scoring for Penn State.

The Nittany Lions also enjoyed some solid defense from Kendall White, Keeton Holcomb, and Lainy Pierce, as the trio combined for 12 digs on the night. Michigan was led by junior outside hitter Adeja Lambert’s 10 kills and the Rockford, Ill., product, who hails from the same hometown as Nittany Lion backup setter Bryanna Weiskircher, also added five digs. Abby Cole and Ally Davis provided seven kills apiece for the Wolverines, who were simply outmatched by a Penn State squad that’s starting to fire on all cylinders. There was no doubt about who would come out on top in each set, as the Nittany Lions rolled to three-straight wins en route to another conference sweep.

Player Of The Match

Ali Frantti | Junior | Outside hitter

The Spring Grove, Ill., native wrapped up an outstanding weekend with a match-high 11 kills, seven digs, four assists, two blocks, and a service ace against the Wolverines.

What’s Next?

No. 16 Penn State returns to Rec Hall Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for its biggest match of the season to date, as No. 2 Minnesota comes to town for a White Out.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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