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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.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions are back in action Saturday at 7 p.m. ET against Indiana in Bloomington.

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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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