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Women’s Volleyball Takes Care Of Purdue In 3-0 Sweep

No. 10 Penn State (15-3, 7-0 Big Ten) improved to 51-1 in its last 52 matchups against No. 22 Purdue Friday night, sweeping the Boilermakers 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17) to remain unbeaten in conference play.

How It Happened

Junior outside hitter Simone Lee followed up her espnW National Player of the Week honors with another impressive outing in West Lafayette, leading all players with 15 kills in the victory. Haleigh Washington was far and away the match’s most efficient performer, capitalizing on eight of her 12 swings — good for a .583 hitting percentage.

Ali Frantti, Tori Gorrell, and Heidi Thelen rounded out the Nittany Lion offense with a combined 13 kills between them. Freshman libero and Indianapolis native Kendall White’s return to her home state was marked by a match-high 11 digs and two assists. Sophomore defensive specialist and back-row mate Keeton Holcomb added five digs and two assists of her own in Holloway Gymnasium. Penn State has won each of its last 13 matches and now overtakes No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Nebraska, and No. 3 Minnesota for first place atop the Big Ten standings.

Middle blocker Shavona Cuttino paced head coach Dave Shondell’s Boilermakers with 11 kills, while Azariah Stahl and Faye Adelaja finished with nine and eight kills, respectively, as they fell to 11-7, (1-6 Big Ten) on the season. Setter Ashley Evans dished out 27 assists and notched five digs in the televised tilt.

Player Of The Match

Abby Detering | Junior | Setter

The Mentor, Ohio, native did a little bit of everything for Penn State Friday night, finishing with a match-high 29 assists, seven digs, five kills, two blocks, and a service ace.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions will make the two-hour trip to Bloomington for a quick turnaround with Indiana on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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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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