No. 1 Penn State Women’s Volleyball Beats No. 17 Purdue 3-1
No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball bested No. 17 Purdue Friday night in West Lafeyette, topping the Boilermakers 25-22, 25-14, 21-25, 25-10 at Holloway Gymnasium.
Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions improved to 18-1 on the season, extending their Big Ten winning streak to eight straight matches.
How It Happened
Four Penn State players tallied double-digit kills in the victory, as senior outside hitter Ali Frantti tied Purdue’s Danielle Cuttino with a match-high 15. It marked the first time since Sept. 1 the Nittany Lions accomplished the feat. Heidi Thelen, Simone Lee, and Haleigh Washington posted 14, 13, and 10 kills, respectively.
Kendall White led the way defensively with 19 digs, while Washington paced Penn State in blocks with six on the night. The Colorado Springs native is now just four kills away from reaching 1,000 for her career. Penn State hit over .400 in each of the first two sets and refused to let the Boilermakers force a fifth frame.
Player Of The Match
Heidi Thelen | Senior | Middle blocker
The Edgewood, Ky., native finished with a career-high 14 kills on a superb .542 hitting clip. She added five blocks and four digs.
The Nittany Lions are back in action Saturday at 7 p.m. ET against Indiana in Bloomington.
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The Nittany Lions moved up one spot following their 33-28 victory over Indiana on Saturday.
Toney finished the game with four sacks, including a crucial one on the Hoosiers’ final drive of the game late in the fourth quarter.
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